Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Seelow and Mayer Formation - 1970 - Mr. Dynamite

Seelow and Mayer Formation 
1970 - 
Mr. Dynamite
 


01. Mr. Dynamite Part I
02. Mr. Dynamite Part II
03. Mr. Dynamite Part III
04. The Swinger From Rio
05. Danny`s Walk
06. Masquerade
07 .With A Little Help From My Friends

Dieter Seelow/ Alto- & Soprano-Sax
Peter Mayer/ Piano & Organ
Wolfgang Schmidt/ E-Bass, Hans Haug/ Drums

Recorded June 1970 at Jankowski-Studio in Stuttgart-Feuerbach
Produced by Dieter Kruis, recordings engineered by Klaus Reisser


SEELOW-MAYER-FORMATION This is the first and only German longplay release by four soulful gentlemen from the Stuttgart area, the so called Dieter Seelow & Peter Mayer formation featuring the internationally well known bass player Wolfgang Schmid in his first recording session (later on with Passport, Billy Cobham, ARD TV show  “Superdrumming “...). “Mr. Dynamite” from 1970 is a blend of excellent musicianship with musical knowledge, that became a sought after collector`s item in our times, with original copies changing hands for 250 Euros over the internet, if they rarely show up. The very rare album has been released on the producer`s own label “dk-disc” in an edition of a few hundred copies only and got no re-pressings until  today, 38 years after the music was produced in the famous studio of Horst Jankowski in Stuttgart.

The short lived band by Dieter Seelow and Peter Mayer work together as one, in a style that can be compared to the sounds of Wolfgang Dauner on his “Rischka`s Soul” or “Oimels” albums from the same period, presenting challenging rhythm and harmonics throughout. Their music has a feeling which together is excitingly inventive but clear of idea. The sounds on this album incorporate soul jazz, jazz funk, hard bop, latin music plus the typical psych and kraut rock ingredients of the late 60s & early 70s. Psych rock jazz meets hard bop meets soul beat meets bossa nova rhythm recorded in Germany. A rare mixture, that was truly ahead of its time.

Without the marketing and promotion work from a professional record company, “Mr. Dynamite” remained a rather unnoticed album production back in the 70s, but one that is full of timeless musical feeling, that swings terrifically and has plenty of musical twists or sound surprisings in a contagious mood. The band on this album could play their kind of soul jazz as they wanted, because nobody forced them to make concessions for commercial reasons. The confidence of working together as a unit for some time has brought the group to a cohesive level at the time of recording, aswell as the ability to create their own tunes and moods instead of focussing their activities on traditional jazz standards.

On the first album side, the variations of Peter Mayer`s “Mr. Dynamite” remind us of some weird Euro Jazz soundtrack, mixing hard bop & soul jazz in a combination of acid guitar sounds and basslines, distorted sax grooves and skew-whiff piano chords. The three parts of the album`s main theme vary from lyrical piano passages over heavy funk influenced grooves, marching band style or even a weird citation from the German children song “Hänschenklein”.

Side Two starts with the bossa jazz styled “Swinger From Rio” with heavy latin percussion, that remind the dancers of Dom Um Romao or early Sergio Mendes, while the following tune “Danny`s Walk” is a heavy, organ led soul jazz gem with very cool saxophone sounds in full bloom. These two tracks stand out as irresistible grooves, that got the album a “must have” reputation among the Old School DJs and Rare Groove diggers. Of course Peter Mayer is a pianist who can play a jazz version of any hit convincingly. Therefore their version of “Masquerade” is full of unique tension and a perfect example for the direction, that the Seelow & Mayer Formation was approaching with their few performances in Southern Germany. And the album even closes with one of the loveliest inspirations of the Beatles: The Seelow & Mayer version of “With A Little Help From My Friends” presents a very surprising swing around the popular melody.

Dieter Seelow (* 1939 in Schorndorf) belongs to the most prolific jazz musicians from Southern Germany. His instruments are the Saxophone and the Flute. In the 50s he started with dixieland, swing and mainstream jazz, but got more interested in hard bop and soul jazz during the 60s. After starting his band “Seelow” with bass player Wolfgang Schmid in the 70s, he became one of the forerunners and promoters of jazz rock in Germany. His music has the true spirit of blues and soul and is open to various styles like jazz, rock, afro and latin. Dieter Seelow is merging bop harmonies with soul grooves and influences from modern jazz. Later on he was forced to retire because of health problems and mainly worked in the studio, but returned to the jazz scene after some years and also played as a studio musician in various projects or for movie and tv production. A few years ago he started to play concerts again, mainly with his band “Seelow”. In 1988 Dieter Seelow became chairman of the newly founded jazz club “Session 88” in Schorndorf (Schorndorfer Manufaktur).

Peter Mayer is well  known among the followers of mainstream jazz. He had a formative influence on the South German jazz scene, not only with his own formation but also in performances with numerous international jazz icons. Peter Mayer is among the creators of jazz rock in Germany, together with Wolfgang Schmid and Dieter Seelow. The man began to write his own compositions and lyrics with the beginning of the Krautrock movement in Germany. Playing vibraphone he formed the band “Erna Schmidt” in 1969 with second drummer Rolf Schiegl, piano and flute player Sam Drake, hammond organist Romi Schickle and an excellent brass section. The band played gigs throughout Germany and could be heard a.o. at Quartier Latin/ Berlin.

Wolfgang Schmid is an internationally well known bass player in the music business for nearly 40 years now. His fans from the first hour remember him as a founding member of Klaus Doldingers` succesful band “Passport” with Kristian Schultze and Curt Cress. Others remember his spectacular performances from the German ARD tv show “Superdrumming”, where he accompanied many famous jazz and rock drummers. The new fans of course know his trio formation “Paradox” (with drummer Billy Cobham and guitar player Bill Billford) or his actual band “Kick” with drummer Marco Minnemann (“Freaky Fukin Weirdoz”,  H-Blockx) and guitar player Peter Wölpl. Between 1962 and 1970, Wolfgang Schmidt led his first own band called “The Dynamites”. As often as other people collect nice impressions, he won many polls, played on nearly 400 records and knows the hidden corners of the world by extensive touring in different formations. The man made his first recordings with the Seelow & Mayer Formation in 1969 (This reissue of the LP “Mr. Dynamite” and the 7”inch Single “Soul-In”, to be re-released on Sonorama Records soon). The album was recorded at the Jankowski-Studio in Stuttgart, where Wolfgang Schmid studied engineering.

Third Eye - 1977 - Connexion

Third Eye 
1977
Connexion
 


01. Maroon Dance
02. The Healer
03. Landings
04. Ogetnom

Wilton Gaynair: tenor and soprano saxophone, percussion
Gerd Dudek: tenor saxophone and flute,
Ali Haurand: acoustic bass (Zalinge)
Frank Köllges: drums, percussion,
Rob van den Broeck: Fender Piano, Arp-Odyssey Synthesizer
Steve Boston: Congas

Recorded 29. and 30. August 1977 at Procom Studio in Kirchhellen, Germany
Produced by Hans Köllges, Sound and Mixing engineer: Fritz Frey
Album Cover design and photos by Hans Köllges, photo of Steve Boston by H. Görtz


„Third Eye“ was formed in the Netherlands as a piano/ bass/ drums jazz trio and later expanded into an international band led by bassist Alfred „Ali“ Haurand. The group played a terrific mix of modal jazz, spiritual jazz, bop and fusion. In 1976 they recorded their fiirst album simply entitled „Third Eye“. For this second album named „Connexion“ and released the following year, Ali Haurand brought the Jamaican Jazzman Wilton Gaynair (1927-1995) into the band.

„Connexion“ mainly contains original material by Wilton Gaynair and stands out as a landmark in the fields of European progressive jazz from the 1970s. The LP includes the excellent Latin/ Brazil fusion track "Ogetnom", made famous by French DJ Cam on a long deleted Jazz Fusion Compilation from 1994. The band pursues a considered and planned format in jazz with four extended album tracks, that combine creative voices in both the writing and performing areas. Their music is inventive, intriguing, imaginative and well played.

Wilton Gaynair and Gerd Dudek are not just blowing experts who „wail“ frantically. Together with their solos, the intelligent charts written for only a 2-man front line reflect and support the total performance in a perfect way. In the rhythm department, they are ably supported by the voices of Frank Köllges, Ali Haurand and Steve Boston, tastefully performing their own limited solo chores. It seems that each note of Haurand`s full-toned bass is carefully cultivated in pitch and timbre. Köllges was one of the true „all rounders“ regarding the drumming while Rob van den Broeck came up with unusual ideas on Fender Piano or synthesizer.

The album may also be viewed as a suite, basing on colour and climate, with separate parts oscillating between ethereal moods and the more rhythmic, fusion-oriented patterns. During the 1970s, new impulses have come from abroad and became a part of the European jazz scene, for example: West Indian, Brazilian or African - clearly documented on this rare LP with its full-blooded fusion feeling. At the same time the style of „Third Eye“ relied on a sense of form or structural cohesion which has been part and parcel of the European music tradition.

The vinyl album was originally released on the small German independent label „Ring Records“ in an edition of 600 copies only and became a sought after collector`s item over the years. It was produced by architect, painter and jazz drummer Hans Köllges, father of Frank Köllges (1952-2012). The master tape for this first reissue was kindly provided from the estate of Frank Köllges, stocked at the „Heinrich-Heine-Institut“ in Duesseldorf. Final support came from Claas Brieler (Jazzanova), who traced this rare gem and supplied an original copy of the rare LP.

The third and final album by „Third Eye“ was recorded live in 1982 and released on the small label „View Records“. This was followed by an extensive tour featuring Wilton Gaynair, Tony Levin, Alan Skidmore and Kenny Wheeler. Their music was not „strict, once and for all“ - „live“ it sounded different from one concert to the next. Until the band`s split, they always played strong, resourceful music with self-relaxed confidence. From today´s view, some talented perfectionists simply knew what to do and enjoyed it a lot.


The musicians:

Wilton „Bogey“ Gaynair (1927-1995) was born in Jamaica, West Indies, and studied at the Alpha Cottage School together with Joe Harriott, Don Drummond and Harold Mcnair. From 1948 he played in the Jamaican All Stars, with the band of Redver Cooke and in an own group. Then he moved to Europe, played and recorded in London 1959 (album: „Blue Bogey“ on the Tempo label) and studied music in Germany, where he finally settled and worked for some years in the band of pianist George Maycock. He also played in the band of Kurt Edelhagen for many years, recorded this album with the band „Third Eye“ and joined the orchestra of Peter Herbolzheimer. He also played with Gil Evans, Freddie Hubbard, Bob Brookmeyer and Shirley Bassey. During a concert in 1983 he suffered a delibitating stroke and was forced to abandon playing. Until 1995 he lived near Düsseldorf.

Rob van den Broeck (1940-2012) was born in Hilversum/ The Netherlands. He was a pianist and painter, started with Dick Vennick and later played with the Chris Hinze Combination. In the 1960s he worked alongside musicians such as Ben Webster, Dexter Gordon and Louis Hayes on their tours of Dutch jazz venues and has been involved in productions of Wilton Gaynair, Joe Farrell and Billy Higgins. Rob van den Broeck was also known as head of the band "Free Fair". In 1976, he started a long-standing collaboration with Ali Haurand in the band "Third Eye". Haurand invited him to join his European Jazz Ensemble in 1981 and to play in formations with Tony Levin, Tony Oxley and Gerd Dudek. He was also co-founder of “The Trio” with Gerd Dudek and Ali Haurand. From 1980 to 2000 he taught piano at the Academy of Arts in Arnhem. His paintings have been shown in various exhibitions.
Frank Köllges (1952-2012) was a musician, percussionist and multimedia artist. Under the pseudonym Adam Noidlt he founded the "padlt noidlt performance group" with his colleague Mike Jansen in 1969. From 1970 to 1975 he studied at the Academies of Music in Graz and Cologne. Shortly thereafter he founded the Cologne jazz trio and also joined "Third Eye". In 1980, he established the band "Klimarkant". Moreover Frank Köllges became a member of the Düsseldorf Industrial band "Die Krupps" in 1981. Together they recorded the original version of the “Stahlwerksinfonie” ("Steel Mill Symphony"), that became "Record of the Week" in the English "New Musical Express". Until 1990 he played in the "Adam Noidlt Intermission Orchestra" and with Ulrich Tukur. In 2000 Köllges founded formations such as the "Modern Percussion Quintet", "AutoFab" and the "Bimbo Town Orchestra Leipzig".

Gerd Dudek (Born in 1938 near Wroclaw) was a member of the Kurt Edelhagen Big Band, played with Helmut Brandt and in the quintet of Manfred Schoof, in a quartet with Albert Mangelsdorff and with the German All Stars. In 1968 he undertook a tour of South America as a member of the German All Stars and worked with George Russell or Don Cherry. In 1971 he went on tour in Asia with Mangelsdorff. Many tours also brought him to the USA, Canada, Australia and in 35 other countries together with Ali Haurand and Rob van den Broeck. Gerd Dudek is co-founder of the European Jazz Ensemble. Even today, he is a member of the Contemporary Orchestra by Alexander von Schlippenbach and the Globe Unity Orchestra. Since 1976 he is connected to Ali Haurand through 26 vinyl and CD releases.

Ali Haurand (born in 1943 in Viersen) is playing in different groups, projects and international touring ensembles. As a bass player and founder of the European Jazz Ensemble he invented an important interface for German and European jazz musicians. As sideman for Philly Joe Jones, Ben Webster and Don Byas he went on tour, then played in the trio and quintet of pianist George Maycock during the 1960s. In addition to "Third Eye", he was heard in the "Trio SOH" with Tony Oxley and Alan Skidmore, later on in formations with Charlie Mariano, Joachim Kühn, Daniel Humair or Joachim Kühn. To date, Ali Haurand also works as artistic director of the Jazz Festival Viersen and the Duesseldorf Jazz Rally.

Steve Boston (Born in 1935 in Suriname) enriched the lessons for non-Western music at the conservatories of Rotterdam, Arnhem and Hilversum, where he taught percussion. The high level of Latin drummers in the Netherlands is due in large part to his efforts. Since the 1950s, he played congas in various jazz bands and worked with Dutch jazz pioneers such as Max Woiski Jr. ("Ritmo Natural") and Hans Dulfer. On his 75th Birthday the Amsterdam "Bimhuis" promoted a big concert for his famous former student in which particular colleagues and friends performed. Steve Boston recently quit playing due to health problems.

Third Eye - 1976 - Third Eye

Third Eye 
1976
Third Eye

 


01. Protuberans   
02. Sound Circle   
03. All About Us   
04. Eichendorff 8
05. Serius
06. Basic Train   
07. Bloodstream   
08. Arco-Mio   
09. Bass-Raga   

Bass, Percussion – Alfred Haurand
Congas, Cowbell [Cowbells], Percussion – Steve Boston (3)
Drums, Mellotron – Frank Köllges
Electric Piano [Fender], Synthesizer [Hohner String Melody, Arp Odyssey], Mellotron – Jan Huydts

Recorded 11th and 12th of January 1976 at Blackfield Studio, Kirchhellen, Germany.

Side A has no run-out groove (not to be confused with a locked groove) which means it will play forever if not returned to the tonearm base.


On the surface, Third Eye would seem to be a typical mid to late 1970s kraut fusion album, of which there are dozens. That is, until you hear the mellotron being played like a flautist would play his solo! It's really odd to hear this traditional symphonic prog / electronik musik instrument used in this context. For this alone, Third Eye is worth seeking out. There's also a classically inspired romantic piece, cocktail piano, a drum solo, typical fusion runs. Bizarre.

Multi-national 70's act, that made its way through Progressive Rock and Jazz/Fusion, very popular in Germany, and led by two Dutchmen, keyboardist Jan Huydts and bassist Ali Haurand.The original late-60's line-up featured also drummer Leo de Ruyter.Many musicians came and go, as the band was a steady value at the Moers Festival, by mid-70's Huydts and Haurand were joined by German multi-instrumentalist Frank Köllges and American percussionist Steve Boston.This four-piece lineup recorded Third Eye's self-titled debut in January 76' at Blackfield Studio in Kirchhellen, Germany, eventually released on Ring Records.

The first side of the album is a unique blend of electric Jazz/Fusion with romantic Orchestral/Symphonic Rock.The tracks have a definite jazzy edge with dominant electric piano parts and a loose rhythm section, but their often interrupted by the huge Mellotron waves of Huydts and Köllges, which have an orchestral sound.The sound is even more enriched with beautiful piano interludes and superb Mellotron-flutes.Very cool stuff.The flipside opens with the long ''Serius'', which is very close to the likes of Canterbury/Fusion with incredible solos and nervous passages by Huydts on synths, the Mellotron-flutes are still present, while Boston offres some very fiery percussion work.The rest of the short tracks are a blend of Avant-Jazz and Ethnic Fusion, containing plenty of bass lines and perscussion , much in the vein the band would follow a year later.

Very good and really obscure release, that deserves a legit re-issue.Original and unique Symph/Jazz/Prog/Fusion for lovers of adventurous listenings.Strongly recommended.

Atlas - 1977 - Atlas

Atlas
1977
Atlas



01. Hey, Man!
02. Pasteboard
03. Skybird, Fly
04. Necessity
05. Ain’t No Sunshine
06. Play It Cool
07. Rhode Island
08. We Are Happy
09. Let’s Not Believe

Personnel:
Reinhard Ploil — vocals
Reinhard Kühne — electric guitar
Helmut Pichler — bass
Hannes Seidl — electric piano, clavinet
Franz Berka — tenor saxophone
Gereon Wolter — trombone
Helmut Plattner — trumpet
Joe Rauter — trumpet
Thomas Böröcz — drums, congas, percussion, strings

Recorded 1977 at Gorilla Studios, Vienna
Original LP released in small amounts only on the Austrian Bacillus Label/ Bellaphon Records.





… through the international compendiums, websites, fanzines and collector`s circles within the last 10 years, while a recently resurfaced copy of the original vinyl pressing finally sold for hundreds of Dollars on ebay. Here is one of the untraceable records to prove, that funk & soul music has no geographical restrictions and knows no bounds. It presents some unknown Austrian musicians who saddled up with funk & soul but have never ridden before. The result is a stunning quality album, that takes you on an exciting ride and reflects the soul of every involved musician, even topped by unbelievable soulful vocals! Maybe these Austrian guys just liked it and knew how to “do their thing”... ask any advanced groove collector or funk DJ which album he rates and among the names you will usually find “Atlas”.

What kind of cover artwork has been chosen for their debut album! LP-sleeves usually picture shapely beauties who are trifle more nice-looking than this front cover painting by E.F. Wondrusch. Opinions differ if this strange eye-catcher could be one of the reasons for weak sales of the album and a complete disorientation of the band after its original release on Bacillus Records/ Bellaphon Austria only. Another sad example for a group of musicians and producers who never received the recognition that they deserve. Sound Engineers and producers Ernie Seuberth, Rudi Sykora and Joe Ofenböck set up their machines at Gorilla Studios and used AKG equipment for the recording sessions and their timeless remix supervision. The master tape was stored in the vaults of Bellaphon Austria, where it has been rediscovered upon the Sonorama request for re-release.

“Atlas” – the album - opens up with “Hey Man!”, built on incredible brass sounds, dubby reverb effects combined with howling guitar riffs and the bluesy voice of Reinhard Ploil. Then a phased drum solo opens up the track “Pasteboard” ... catapulting the listener into jam heaven with stunning parts of slide trombone and fender rhodes work. The soft voice of Reinhard on “Ain`t No Sunshine” is combined with dreamy fender piano and light horns to turn the Bill Withers classic into one of the finest versions ever. The singer also impresses listeners on the self penned ballads “Skybird, Fly” and “Let`s Not Believe”, while “Necessity” is a wicked funk track, that made this particular LP a classic among DJs and rare groove afficionados. “Play It Cool” is the most catchy blue-eyed soul song on the record and should have rotated on the radio for months, but why there were no programmers to discover, that all of the cuts on this vanished longplayer are cool?

Drummer and percussionist Thomas Böröcz was the only band member to reach a certain amount of fame in Austrian music history as the permanent drummer for Austrian pop singer Falco in the 80s. All other secure facts about the band members of “Atlas” are rumours until today and are waiting to be investigated. Their original record company did not keep any infos or photos about this excellent but short-lived formation in their archives so that all documents seemed to have vanished. Now this untraceable jazz funk gem is available for your ears by simply touching the button on your CD player or dropping a pick-up arm to the vinyl. Here is the one and only mysterious and genius-like album by “Atlas”.Enjoy!

Walter Strerath - 1969 - Trio Quartet Quintet

Walter Strerath 
1969 
Trio Quartet Quintet

 


01. New Gospel
02. Waltz For Ellen
03. The Unknown
04. Dance of Rosa
05. Speed-Up
06. Watermelon Girl
07. Little Ya-Ya
08. Rainy Day
09. ¾ in Minor

Recorded May 4, 15 and 26, 1969 in Iserlohn/ Germany

Walter Strerath: piano
Hans Thomas: trumpet and fluegelhorn,
Manfred Lindner: alto and soprano saxophone
Andreas Scheel: bass
Gerd Putz: drums



  Modern Jazz will never die and it doesn`t smell funny anymore: The original vinyl pressing of „Walter Strerath – Trio Quartet Quintet“ reached the highest amounts of all sold records in December 2008 on ebay.com, in third place and priced at 3.000$ behind two vintage albums of the Beatles and Pink Floyd. For many years the biggest international jazz collectors have tried to hunt down this first album by a commonly unknown (and nearly forgotten) jazz pianist from the small German village named Odenkirchen. The original album was manufactured in a tiny edition of 200 copies only and is impossible to find nowadays.

The unique LP contains 100% of self penned tunes and stands out as some brilliant Coltranish style jazz from Europe, many dare to say the only REAL one of its kind. The usual Walter Strerath Trio performed regionally since the mid 60s and their line-up was enhanced with trumpet, fluegelhorn and saxes just for this recording session. No other jazz album from Europe is heavier in demand than this masterpiece of modern jazz by an excellent but unknown band, recorded  in the tranquil German town Iserlohn.

Now Sonorama Records comes up with a 1:1 repressing of this vanished album - exactly 40 years after the original release saw the light of day on Karlheinz Klueters` legendary “jazz groove” label. The reissue label payed attention to a nearly identical reproduction of the (formerly silk screen-printed) gatefold cover in silver and grey colour and with original center punch. All original recordings were carefully mastered and even the CD cover adapts the exceptional artistic design by Uwe Loesch and Juergen Hillmer from Duesseldorf, appearing very close to the original artwork.

Walter Strerath earned himself the reputation as one of the best jazz pianists from Europe. The talented boy developed a deeper interest for jazz after his classical piano education and imagined the foundation of his own trio. He soon became enthusiastic about the records by Oscar Peterson and attended the concerts of many big American artists in Germany. As early as 1958 Walter Strerath presented his first solo performances. He also joined the popular Jazzbandballs and even became a member of the regional jazz club in Moenchengladbach, but still worked in his usual job as an industrial manager. Between 1963 and 1967 he collected several national awards as an amateur and performed at the Friedrich-Gulda-Festival in Vienna. This time a jury around the great Duke Ellington voted him for the best jazz pianist of the festival. After the trios` second place at the amateur festival in Zuerich, the musicians started extensive touring in many European countries. Then a new trio formation recorded the second and final album “Fly to Brazil” in 1975, on which the musicians cultivated their very own style of bossa nova jazz. Walter Strerath passed away completely unexpected at the age of 39, due to a heart attack on the 23rd of September 1981. A South American tour was already organized for 1982 but could not happen anymore because of his sudden death. (Ekkehart Fleischhammer/ References: Newspaper “Rheinische Post” of September 25th 1981, “Moenchengladbacher Koepfe” Volume 2)


Translation of original German liner notes from 1969:

THE  WALTER STRERATH TRIO
Foundation: 1966
1967: First prize at the 3rd international Amateur Jazzfestival in Duesseldorf. All musicians of the trio won the award as best soloists in „modern style“. Personal success of Walter Strerath in Vienna at the Friedrich Gulda competition. He belongs to the best pianists of the European jazz scene. 1968: 2nd place at the Amateur Jazzfestival in Zuerich. Release of an exclusive Walter Strerath Trio track on the Festival LP in Switzerland. 1st prize at the Dutch Jazzfestival in Doeticham. Moreover the Trio received numerous awards at European festivals and competitions. Successful tours in France, Czechoslovakia, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxemburg, Switzerland and Austria. On this particular album the Walter Strerath Trio also appears as a quartet and quintet (with guests Hans Thomas tp/ flh und Manfred Lindner as/ss) The recorded tunes on this album were composed by Walter Strerath, Andreas Scheel and Hans Thomas


IDENTITY CARDS

Name: Thomas, Christian names: Hans, Date of Birth: 14.8.1937, Place of Birth: Bonn, Height: 176 cm, Colour of eyes: green Unchanging marks: tp flh, official remarks: Music schools in Cologne and Hamburg, later on a member of the Werner Giertz Combo, Kurt Bong Quintet, Jazz-Couriers... member of the Ingfried Hoffmann Big Band for many years... director of the Western-Swing-Company... Jazzworkshop with Hans Gertberg... Touring with Kurt Edelhagen.

Name: Lindner, Christian names: Manfred, Date of Birth: 8.9.1937, Place of Birth: Gotha, Height: 176 cm, Colour of eyes: grey Unchanging marks: as ss, official remarks: Music studies at the Folkwang Hochschule Essen... long time member of the Ingfried Hoffmann Big Band... Jazzworkshop with Hans Gertberg... member of the Orchestra Kurt Edelhagen since 1967.

Name: Putz, Christian names: Gerd, Date of Birth: 12.3.1940, Place of Birth: Duesseldorf, Height: 180 cm, Colour of eyes: blue Unchanging marks: dr, official remarks: member of the Walter Strerath Trio since 1967... several international festival awards... best drummer of the 3rd international Amateur Jazzfestival in 1967.

Name: Scheel, Christian names: Andreas, Date of Birth: 20.5.1946, Place of Birth: Jena, Height: 178 cm, Colour of eyes: blue Unchanging marks: b, official remarks: member of the Walter Strerath Trio for a short time... he played the guitar earlier and changed to the bass in 1965.

Name: Strerath, Christian names: Walter, Date of Birth: 18.9.1942, Place of Birth: Rheydt, Height: 182 cm, Colour of eyes: blue Unchanging marks: p, official remarks: Plays piano since the age of 8... first concert with Klaus Doldinger at the age of 15... first prize at the international Piano-Festival in Moenchengladbach 1967 and 1968...awarded at many international Jazzfestivals... best pianist at the international Jazzfestival in Duesseldorf 1967 and 1968 Project coordination: