Volker Kriegel

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Volker Kriegel
Volker Kriegel.jpg
Background information
Born(1943-12-24)24 December 1943
Darmstadt, Germany
Died15 June 2003(2003-06-15) (aged 59)
San Sebastián, Spain
GenresJazz, Jazz rock, jazz fusion
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, author
Years active1963–2003
LabelsMPS, Mood
Associated actsDave Pike, 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.


Volker Kriegel performing with United Jazz and Rock Ensemble in 1992

A self-taught guitarist, Kriegel began playing when he was fifteen and formed a trio three years later that won an award at an amateur jazz festival in 1963.

He pursued sociology in school with Theodor Adorno but left to play in a band with Albert and Emil Mangelsdorff in Frankfurt. He was then in a fusion band led by vibraphonist Dave Pike, an American expatriate, and recorded the album Noisy Silence – Gentle Noise (1969). Simultaneously he started the Mild Maniac Orchestra. He recorded the album Keep on Driving (MPS, 1970) with Don "Sugarcane" Harris, then signed with MPS and released the jazz-rock album Spectrum (1971). Five years later he started the United Jazz + Rock Ensemble, a shifting collective which at various times included Charlie Mariano, Albert Mangelsdorff, Ack van Rooyen, and Barbara Thompson. Kriegel drifted from music and started writing children's books. He reunited the Ensemble for a tour in 2002. He died of cancer a year later.[1]

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


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


  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Volker Kriegel". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Volker Kriegel | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 November 2018.

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