Günter Sommer

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Günter Sommer
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Günter "Baby" Sommer at moers festival 2008
Background information
Birth name George Allen Russell
Also known as Günter Baby Sommer
Born 25. August 1943
Origin Dresden, Germany
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Drummer
Instruments drums
Associated acts Irene Schweizer
Günter Sommer in Aarhus, Denmark 2010
Photo Hreinn Gudlaugsson

Günter "Baby" Sommer (born 25 August 1943 in Dresden) is a German jazz drummer.

He studied music in Dresden. He rose to fame in the GDR. He is part of the European free jazz avantgarde. He was part of the trio with Conny Bauer and Peter Kowald. He is now professor for drums and percussion in Dresden. The drummer and composer Christian Lillinger was one of his former students. The album Three Seasons "(HGBS 2014 with Michel Godard and Patrick Bebelaar) was awarded " Album of the Year 2014 " by The New York City Jazz Record.


  • G.Sommer solo Hörmusik FMP records (1979)
  • Peter Brötzmann / Albert Mangelsdorff / Günter "Baby" Sommer PICA PICA FMP Records (1984)
  • G.Sommer with Günter Grass Es war eimal ein Land (1987)
  • Cecil Taylor & Günter Sommer Riobec (1988)
  • Hans Günther Wauer Theo Jörgensmann Günter "Baby" Sommer Merseburger Begegnung kip records (1994)
  • G.Sommer Sächsische Schatulle Intakt records (1998)
  • Percussion Summit
  • Clarinet Summit
  • Three Seasons (HGBS 2014, with Günter „Baby“ Sommer, Patrick Bebelaar and Michel Godard)

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