Volker Kriegel

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Volker Kriegel
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Volker Kriegel performing with United Jazz and Rock Ensemble, 1992
Background information
Born (1943-12-24)24 December 1943
Darmstadt, Germany
Died 15 June 2003(2003-06-15) (aged 59)
San Sebastián, Spain
Genres Jazz rock, jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, cartoonist
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1963–2003
Labels MPS, Mood Records
Associated acts Mild Maniac Orchestra, United Jazz + Rock Ensemble

Volker Kriegel (24 December 1943 – 15 June 2003) was a German jazz guitarist and founding member of the United Jazz + Rock Ensemble.


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. In 1975 he spent a month teaching at the Goethe Institute, an organization he worked for throughout his career. In 1976 Spectrum broke up, and Kriegel started the Mild Maniac Orchestra, which stayed together through the 1980s.

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


As leader[edit]

With United Jazz + Rock Ensemble

  • Live in Schützenhaus (Mood, 1977)
  • Teamwork (Mood, 1978)
  • The Break Even Point (Mood, 1979)
  • Live in Berlin (Mood, 1981)
  • United Live Opus Sechs (Mood, 1984)
  • Round Seven (Mood, 1987)
  • Na endlich! (Mood, 1992)
  • Die neunte von United (Mood, 1996)

As sideman[edit]

With Klaus Doldinger

  • Doldinger Goes On (1967)
  • Doldinger Jubilee Concert, Passport (1974)

With Don "Sugarcane" Harris

  • Keep on Driving (1970)
  • Got the Blues (1972)
  • New Violin Summit (1972)
  • Keyzop (1975)
  • Flashin' Time (1976)

With Dave Pike

  • Noisy Silence – Gentle Noise (1969, MPS)
  • Four Reasons (1969, MPS)
  • Live at the Philharmonie (1969, MPS)
  • Album (1971, MPS)
  • Infra Red (1972, MPS)
  • Salomao (1973, MPS)

With others

  • Emil Mangelsdorff: Swinging Oil Drops (1966)
  • Kühn Brothers & The Mad Rockers (1969)
  • Jonny Teupen: Harpadelic (1969, MPS)
  • 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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