Gunter Hampel in 2008
|Birth name||Gunter Hampel|
|Born||31 August 1937|
|Instruments||Vibraphone, clarinet, saxophones, piano, flute|
|Associated acts||Anthony Braxton, Jeanne Lee, Perry Robinson|
Gunter Hampel (born 31 August 1937) is a German jazz vibraphonist, clarinettist, saxophonist, flautist, pianist and composer born in Göttingen, Germany, perhaps best known for his album The 8th of July 1969 that included fellow musicians Anthony Braxton, Willem Breuker and Jeanne Lee. Jeanne, now deceased, was Gunter's wife.
Hampel became dedicated to free jazz in the 1960s, developing his own record label (Birth Records), and worked with a variety of artists over the years, including John McLaughlin, Muruga Booker, Laurie Allan, Udo Lindenberg, Pierre Courbois and Perry Robinson. In the 1970s he also formed the Galaxie Dream Band.
- 1964: Heartplants (MPS Records, with Manfred Schoof, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Buschi Niebergall, Pierre Courbois)
- 1967: Music from Europe (ESP disk 1042)
- 1969: The 8th of July 1969 (Birth Records 001)
- 1970: People Symphony (Birth Records 005)
- 1971: Out Of New York - The Music Of Gunter Hampel (MPS Records – 2120 900-8, BASF – 2120 900-8)
- 1972: Familie with Anthony Braxton, Jeanne Lee (Birth Records 008)
- 1978: Reeds 'n Vibes (Improvising Artists Records, with Marion Brown)
- 1978: Flying Carpet (Kharma Records)
- 1985: Fresh heat - The Gunter Hampel New York Orchestra