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Passport & Brian Auger, Johnny Griffin, Alexis Korner, Volker Kriegel, Pete York

Passport & Brian Auger, Johnny Griffin, Alexis Korner, Volker Kriegel, Pete York ‎- Doldinger Jubilee Concert - 1974 - Atlantic

Passport, often called Klaus Doldinger's Passport have often been labelled as the European version of the legendary American fusion band Weather Report. Passport was formed in 1971 by the great German saxophonist, jazz musician and composer, Klaus Doldinger. These tracks were recorded live on October 16th, 1973, at Rheinhalle, Dьsseldorf, Germany. The music is a fusion of pop, soul, and R & B with bebop-oriented improvisation. Guests include the late "Founding Father of British Blues" Alexis Korner and the legendary jazz and rock keyboardist Brian Auger. Listen to Passport's brilliant "Looking Thru" album [All tracks @ 320 Kbps: File size = 97.2 Mb]


A1 Handmade - Klaus Doldinger 5:42
A2 Freedom Jazz Dance - Eddie Harris 6:00
A3 Schirokko - Klaus Doldinger 9:30
B1 Rockport - Klaus Doldinger 9:15
B2 Rock Me Baby - Trad. (Arranged by Alexis Korner) 4:40
B3 Lemuria's Dance - Klaus Doldinger 6:55


Volker Kriegel - Guitar on A1, A3, B1, B2, B3
Alexis Korner - Guitar on B1, B2, B3: Vocals on B2
Wolfgang Schmid - Bass
Kristian Schultze - Piano, Moog Synthesizer on A1: Electric Piano on A3, B1, B3: Mellotron on B1
Brian Auger - Organ on A1, A2, B1, B2, B3
Pete York - Drums on A2, A3, B1, B2: Percussion on A1, A2, B3
Curt Cress - Drums on A1, A2, A3, B1, B3: Percussion on B2
Klaus Doldinger - Soprano Sax, Tenor & Soprano Sax: Tenor Sax Solo on A3
Johnny Griffin - Tenor Sax Solo on A1, A3: Tenor Sax on B1, B3


Passport is the creation of saxophonist Klaus Doldinger, who has stated that Passport is not so much a set group but a label and a name for his many projects. Doldinger, who had started out playing Dixieland back in the 1950s, by the following decade was a modern tenor-saxophonist who also worked in the studios. His mind has always remained quite open and in 1970 he formed Passport so as to explore the combination of advanced jazz improvising with rockish rhythms. Passport matches Doldinger's reeds (tenor, soprano, flute and occasional keyboards) with an electric rhythm section. The group's first recording (1970's Passport) also included Olaf Kubler on second tenor and flute, organist Jimmy Jackson, electric bassist Lother Maid and drummer Udo Lindenberg. Soon the group went through the first of several complete turnovers. The mid-1970's version usually teamed Doldinger with keyboardist Kristian Schultze, electric bassist Wolfgang Schmid and drummer Curt Cress and by 1978 it had changed drastically again. However, no matter who was in the rhythm section, Klaus Doldinger's lead voice and his band's musical direction remained consistent through the years. Passport has made numerous recordings, particularly for Atlantic. © Scott Yanow, All Music Guide


The master of the German jazz and fusion/funk scene, Klaus Erich Dieter Doldinger was born on the 12th of may in 1936 in Berlin, Germany. He was from an early age interested in music and started, by the age of eleven, to play the piano and to take piano lessons. He began studying music at Robert Schuman Conservatoire in Dusseldorf, and at the age of 16 he traded the piano for the clarinet. The step from the clarinet to the saxophone was not very far, and soon the sax became his first and also most creative instrument. Doldinger's biggest influences during this period was jazz and in perticular jazz musicians as Sidney Bechet and tenorsaxophone player, 'Lucky' Thompson. His great interest in jazz soon drove him into Germany's absolute Dixieland circuits, and during the 1950s he came to perform and play with the famous German Dixieland band, Dusseldorf Feet farmers among others.Doldinger was however looking for something more and deeper within his music. He wanted a more direct and a more personal contact with the music and with his audience and that was something that either the Dixieland, nor the traditional jazz, was able to offer him. He therefore gave his influences from slick, cool and intellectual saxophone players as Lee Konitz and Stan Getz free space within his playing. He also got more involved in blues, be-bop and hard bop. He soon started playing with artists like Kenny Clarke, Ron Ellis, Roland Kovac Quintet and Werner Giertz Combo. In the beginning of the 60s Doldinger had developed his sax skills, and he was now recognized as a very gifted and talented saxophone player, which resulted in several performances with legendary musicians as organ player Johnny Griffin, Benny Bailey and trumpet player Donald Byrd among others.In 1962 he formed his own group, the Klaus Doldinger Quartet. After playing many years with Ingfried Hofmann, Doldinger had developed such a "black" sound in his saxophone that he among American jazz critics was known as "the black tenor from the Southside of Chicago", without any of the journalists knowing his German background. In 1964 Doldinger went on his first tour abroad. In 1970 he took another big step in his own musical career and formed his now legendary fusion group Passport, and by doing so, he wrote international jazz history. His intentions with Passport was to explore the combination of more rock-like-rhythms with advanced jazz improvisation. © http://hem.passagen.se/daveo/klaus_english.htm

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