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Volker Kriegel

g, 1943-2003 DE, Darmstadt
Musician / Composer / Songwriter of Jazz

German jazz-rock guitarist, often known as the Father of Jazz Rock, born 24-Dec-1943, Darmstadt, Germany. Died: 15-Jun-2003, Spain. Kriegel taught himself guitar at the age of 15 and started his own trio when he was 18, winning awards at the 1963 German Amateur Jazz Festival. While studying at Frankfurt University he met Emil and Albert Mangelsdorff and continued to develop his jazz interests. When American expatriate vibes-player Dave Pike offered him a place in his new band, he decided to give up his studies to become a full-time musician. He stayed with the Dave Pike Set from 1968-73, until Dave Pike returned to the USA, at which point Kriegel and Eberhard Weber founded Spectrum. When Weber left in 1976 Kriegel started the jazz-rock group, the Mild Maniac Orchestra. In the meantime, in 1975, he had been a co-founder of the United Jazz And Rock Ensemble. In 1977 he co-founded Mood Records. As well as his musical activities, he was a distinguished cartoonist (both for journals and record sleeves), animator and broadcaster. Kriegel died from a heart attack in June 2003.

  • Guitar
  • Sitar
  • Electric guitar
  • Acoustic guitar
  • Percussion
  • Jazz
  • Rock
  • Electronic
Popular Tracks   
Suspicious Child, Growing Up on Spectrum by Volker Kriegel
Mouse-Funk on Biton Grooves by Volker Kriegel
Tea and Rum on Volker Kriegel: Mainz Studio Recordings by Volker Kriegel
Mindwill on Mild Maniac by Volker Kriegel & Spectrum
Zoom on Spectrum by Volker Kriegel
Tribut on Topical Harvest by Volker Kriegel
Ballad Garden & Palm Dreams on Octember Variations by Volker Kriegel
Ach Kina on Spectrum by Volker Kriegel
Mild Maniac on Mild Maniac by Volker Kriegel & Spectrum
Circus Gambet on Topical Harvest by Volker Kriegel

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
Mild ManiacVolker Kriegel & Spectrum2019Album
Mainz 1963-1969Volker Kriegel2013Album
Journal / Palazzo BlueVolker Kriegel2010Compil.
Psychedelic Jazz GuitarVolker Kriegel2010Compil.
Zoom (The Legendary MPS Sessions)Volker Kriegel1999Compil.
Das Beste Aus Den AchtzigernVolker Kriegel1996Compil.
Happy Birthday - 20. Geburtstag Von ZweitausendeinsWolfgang Dauner, Wolfgang Haffner, Dieter Ilg, Volker Kriegel, Albert Mangelsdorff, Charlie Mariano1989Single
Palazzo BlueVolker Kriegel1987Album
3 LPVolker Kriegel1986Compil.
Guitar HighlightsLarry Coryell • Ralf Illenberger & Martin Kolbe • Volker Kriegel • Michael Sagmeister1986Compil.
Schöne AussichtenVolker Kriegel1983Album
Volker KriegelVolker Kriegel1982Compil.
JournalVolker Kriegel1981Album
House-BoatVolker Kriegel1978Album
Topical HarvestVolker Kriegel1976Album
UntitledVolker Kriegel & The Groove-Combination / Leaf1974Album
UntitledVolker Kriegel & The Groove-Combination / Rainer Brüninghaus & Friends1974Album
UntitledVolker Kriegel & The Groove-Combination, Orchester Guy Carondel1974Album
HandmadePassport And Brian Auger, Johnny Griffin, Alexis Korner, Volker Kriegel, Pete York1974Single
UntitledVolker Kriegel & The Groove-Combination1974Album
Doldinger Jubilee ConcertPassport And Brian Auger, Johnny Griffin, Alexis Korner, Volker Kriegel, Pete York1974Album
Mild ManiacVolker Kriegel & Spectrum1974Album
Lift!Volker Kriegel1973Album
Inside: Missing LinkVolker Kriegel1972Album
SpectrumVolker Kriegel1971Album
With A Little Help From My FriendsVolker Kriegel1968Album
Lift!Volker KriegelAlbum
Das Beste Aus Den SiebzigernVolker KriegelCompil.
Star EditionVolker KriegelCompil.
Gitarren Und RhythmusOrchester Guy Carondel / Volker Kriegel, Hans Peter StröerAlbum
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