Attila ZOLLER and Klaus DOLDINGER Group – The Big Beat 1965

Attila ZOLLER and Klaus DOLDINGER Group – The Big Beat 1965
Paul Nero’s Blue Sounds
2002 Issue.

Jazz

One of the German jazz musicians best known internationally is Klaus Doldinger (saxes, flute, keyboards). He was born in Berlin on 12 May 1936. He played in diverse amateur jazz bands from 1952 onwards. In l962 he formed his first Klaus Doldinger Quartet with Ingfried Hoffmalln (piano), Helmut Kalldberger (bass) and Klaus Weiss (drums). Doldinger also made pop, jazz and blues in the sixties under the pseudonym Paul Nero, resulting in several albums: Paul Nero’s Blue Sounds had the line-up of Klaus Doldinger (winds), Steffan von Dobrcinsky (winds). Sahib Shilab (bass), Atilla Zoller (guitar), Ingfried Hoilmann (organ), Peter Trunk (bass), Klaus Voorman (bass) and Gibson Kemp (drums). They recorded The Big Beat in 1965. The name was aventually shortened down to Paul Nero Sounds for the subsequent releases Nero’s Soul Party (1968) and Nero In South-America (1970).
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The Hungarian-born Attila Zoller was never quite a household name, but jazz musicians in the know consideredhim one of the music’s finest and most original guitarists. After initially achieving a reputation as an excellent bop-oriented player, Zoller developed an interest in free jazz, and in the ’60s became one of the music’s mostaccomplished practitioners.
As a child, Zoller was taught classical violin by his father, a professional violinist. In his teens, he switched to flugelhorn, then jazz bass, and finally guitar. Zoller quit school during the Russian occupation of Hungary following World War II and began playing professionally in Budapest jazz clubs. He escaped Hungary in 1948 just before the permanent Soviet blockade of the country, hiking across the mountains to Austria, carrying just his guitar and a few
articles of clothing. Zoller became an Austrian citizen, settling in Vienna, where he formed a jazz group with the accordionist Vera Auer. Zoller moved to Germany in the ’50s, where he played with pianist Jutta Hipp and saxophonist Hans Koller. Visiting American musicians (notably Oscar Pettiford and Lee Konitz) admired Zoller’s work and urged him to move to the U.S., which he did in 1959 after winning a scholarship to the Lenox School of Jazz.
There he studied with Jim Hall and roomed with Ornette Coleman, whose influence sparked Zoller’s interestin free jazz. Zoller played in drummer Chico Hamilton’s group in 1960 and with flutist Herbie Mann from 1962-1965.
In 1965, Zoller began leading a free jazz-influenced group with the pianist Don Friedman, and in 1968 co-led a group with Konitz and trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff. Zoller never turned his back on more traditional forms ofjazz, playing swing with vibist Red Norvo and clarinetist Benny Goodman, and bop with saxophonist Stan Getz, among many others. In 1974, Zoller founded the Attila Zoller Jazz Clinics in Vermont (Zoller incorporated in 1985 and the clinics became the Vermont Jazz Center). He remained active as a performer — in the U.S. and overseas — until the end of his life. During the ’80s and ’90s, he recorded several albums for the Enja label with such artists as vibist Wolfgang Lackerschmidt and guitarist Jimmy Raney, as well as longtime collaborators Konitz and Friedman.
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Klaus Dlodinger- Tenor Sax
Steffan Dobrcinsky- Tenor, Alto Sax
Sahib Shibab- Bariton Sax
Ingrid Hoffmann- Organ
Attila Zoller- Guitar
Peter Trunk- Bass
Klaus Vorman- Bass Guitar
Gibson Cemp- Drums
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01. Comin Home Baby
02. Route 66
03. Cast Your FaleTo The Wind
04. Yeh Yeh
05. Careless Love Baby
06. Twistin Sculplure
07. Skinny Minny
08. Little Honkey Tonk
09. Irish Coffee
10. No Reply
11. Night Train
12. Hi Life R and B
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4 Responses to “Attila ZOLLER and Klaus DOLDINGER Group – The Big Beat 1965”

  1. Interesting player. Thanks, oh, monkish one.

  2. Este Klaus toca todos los palos y me encanta. Lo descubrí con el disco – To Moroco 2006 – Ha sido toda una satisfación este con Attila que nos presentas
    Muchas gracias.

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