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United Jazz + Rock Ensemble

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The United Jazz + Rock Ensemble

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Ian Carr- Trumpet
Wolfgang Dauner- Synthesizer, Piano, Mixing
Jon Hiseman- Cymbals, Drums, Gong
Volker Kriegel- Guitar, Mixing
Albert Mangelsdorff- Trombone
Charlie Mariano- Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano)
Barbara Thompson- Sax (Soprano), Sax (Tenor)
Ack Van Rooyen- Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Eberhard Weber- Bass, Mixing
Label: Mood Recorded (between 13th and 11th January 1978)
At Tonstudio Zuckerfabrik, Stuttgart,

Release Date: Jun 1, 1992

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Featuring some of the finest avant-garde jazz players from Germany and beyond, the United Jazz + Rock Ensemble began life as a loose studio aggregation assembled for a youth-oriented German television show in 1975. Hoping for a contemporary balance between rock and jazz, producer Werner Schretzmeier called upon pianist Wolfgang Dauner, the former leader of Et Cetera, an avant-garde jazz group Schretzmeier had managed until their breakup in 1972. Initially recruiting musicians from his home base of Stuttgart (then a hotbed of avant-garde jazz), Dauner put together a rotating cast of musicians that were at first dubbed the Eleven and a Half Ensemble (after the program’s airtime); this group featured guitarist Volker Kriegel (who shared writing and arranging duties with Dauner), drummer Jon Hiseman, trumpeter Ack Van Rooyen, and trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff. As demand for recordings and public performances grew, Dauner solidified the lineup with saxophonist Charlie Mariano, saxophonist/flutist Barbara Thompson, trumpeter Ian Carr, and bassist Eberhard Weber.

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