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Gunter Hampel: Vibes Vibes (Vibrafon Solos 2008)

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Glass, shimmer, impressionism and cool all vie for prominence throughout these excursions into the multiplicitous world multi-instrumentalist Gunter Hampel creates on every solo . Logical proportions are exposed only to disappear; tones glisten, swell and fade, either in rapid succession or in glacial dance. This is only the second solo release from the prolific improviser on his own label, a company which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year and a more fitting one would be hard to imagine.

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Gunter Hampel Group: Music From Europe

Read "Music From Europe" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Gunter Hampel (vibraphone, bass clarinet and flute) grew up studying German folk and European classical music. When he was eight he heard Louis Armstrong and jazz for the first time. Though he did not understand a word of English, he felt Armstrong communicating with him. This had an indelible influence and Hampel went on to win several jazz competitions. Hampel became a professional jazz musician in 1958 when he was 21. His ideas moved in a different direction ...

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Gunter Hampel Group: Music From Europe

Read "Music From Europe" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Although it is simply called Music From Europe, the Gunter Hampel Group's first foray into America in 1966, could well have joined the ranks of several early (1950s) recordings by MJQ or John Lewis and Dizzy Gillespie's Perceptions (Verve, 1961) as one of those earliest examples of where the musical cultures of classical Europe and jazz USA collide. Perhaps the title is even deliberate; a tongue-in-cheek reminder that jazz--although, in its absolute form a musical idiom evolved ...

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Dances; On Fire Hierseins-Erfahrungen; Emission

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Musical vanguardist and multi-instrumentalist Gunter Hampel has been under the spell of jazz since the end of WWII. By the end of the '50s, he was already a full-fledged European professional jazz musician and by the '60s, he had made lasting inroads into the North American jazz scene. Operating out of Germany and the USA, after living in New York and several European cities throughout his life, Hampel continues to be active at jazz' leading edge. His notable career involves ...

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Gunter Hampel: Bringing Music to the People

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Submitted on behalf of Gunter Hampel. As a composer, arranger, bandleader and now the owner of BIRTH Records, I have been undergoing changes in publishing my music on LPs, CDs, cassettes and video. As a new carrier, the DVD has arrived and seems to be the new way of bringing music to the people. Actually, in the '80s, when CDs were coming out, I didn't believe it as the successor to the the LP. The ...

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Gunter Hampel: Bringing Music to the People

Read "Gunter Hampel: Bringing Music to the People" reviewed by AAJ Staff

By Gunter Hampel As a composer, arranger, bandleader and now the owner of BIRTH Records, I have been undergoing changes in publishing my music on LPs, CDs, cassettes and video. As a new carrier, the DVD has arrived and seems to be the new way of bringing music to the people. Actually, in the '80s, when CDs were coming out, I didn't believe it as the successor to the the LP. The CD did ...


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