Volker Kriegel

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Volker Kriegel
Born (1943-12-24)December 24, 1943
Darmstadt Germany
Died June 15, 2003(2003-06-15) (aged 59)
Genres Jazz rock, Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, cartoonist, radio broadcaster, Music director, Author
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1963 - 2003
Labels Mood Records
Associated acts Mild Maniac Orchestra, United Jazz and Rock Ensemble

Volker Kriegel (24 December 1943 – 15 June 2003) was a German jazz guitarist and composer born in Darmstadt, Germany, perhaps most noteworthy for his contributions to the European jazz rock genre and for his collaborations with the American vibraphonist Dave Pike. In 1975 he was a founding member of the United Jazz and Rock Ensemble.

Volker Kriegel performing with United Jazz and Rock Ensemble, 1992


A self-taught guitarist, Kriegel began playing when he was fifteen and formed a trio three years later that won an award at a 1963 amateur jazz festival. In 1973 he founded Spectrum, a quartet that included Eberhard Weber, among others. In 1975 Kriegel spent a month teaching for the Goethe Institute, an organization he worked for at various points throughout his career. In 1976 Spectrum broke up, and Kriegel started another band called the Mild Maniac Orchestra which stayed together in to the 1980s.

In 1977 Kriegel became the partial owner of a label called Mood Records. He also performed as a sideman for various musicians, including Klaus Doldinger. In addition to music, Kriegel was also a cartoonist who appeared in several German newspapers, a radio broadcaster, and a director of films and author of books related to music.


As leader[edit]

With United Jazz + Rock Ensemble[edit]

  • Live im Schützenhaus (1977, mood 33.609)
  • Teamwork (1978, mood 33.618)
  • The Break Even Point (1979, mood 33.619)
  • Live in Berlin (1981, mood 28.628)
  • United Live Opus Sechs (1984, mood 33.621)
  • Round Seven (1987, mood 33.606)
  • na endlich! (1992, mood 6382)
  • die neunte von United (1996, mood 6472)

As sideman[edit]

  • Emil Mangelsdorff: Swinging Oil Drops (1966)
  • Klaus Doldinger: Doldinger Goes On (1967)
  • Kühn Brothers & The Mad Rockers (1969, MLP 15340)
  • Don "Sugarcane" Harris: Keep on Driving (1970)[1]
  • Don "Sugarcane" Harris: Got the Blues (1972)
  • Don "Sugarcane" Harris: New Violin Summit (1972)
  • Don "Sugarcane" Harris: Keyzop (1975)
  • Don "Sugarcane" Harris: Flashin' Time (1976)
  • Dave Pike Set: Noisy Silence – Gentle Noise (1969, MPS 15215-ST)
  • Dave Pike Set: Four Reasons (1969, MPS 15253)
  • Dave PIke Set: Live at the Philharmonie (1969, MPS 15275)
  • Dave Pike Set: Album (1971, MPS 15309)
  • Dave Pike Set: Infra Red (1972, MPS 20739)
  • New Dave Pike Set: Salomao (1973, MPS MB-21541)
  • Jonny Teupen: Harpadelic (1969, MPS 15247)
  • Klaus Doldinger's Passport: Doldinger Jubilee Concert (1974)
  • Curt Cress Clan: CCC (1975)


  • Carr, Ian; Fairweather, Digby; Priestley, Brian. Jazz: The Rough Guide, Penguin, 1995, ISBN 1-85828-137-7


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