Label: Sonorama - none • Format: CDr Promo • Country: Germany • Genre: Jazz, Stage & Screen • Style: Bop, Soundtrack
The Hungarian-born Attila Zoller was never quite a household name, but jazz musicians in the know considered him 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 most accomplished practitioners. As a child, Zoller was taught classical violin by his father, a professional violinist. 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 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.
There he studied with Jim Hall and roomed with Ornette Colemanwhose influence sparked Zoller's interest in free jazz. Zoller played in drummer Chico Hamilton 's group in and with flutist Herbie Mann from InZoller began leading a free jazz-influenced group with the pianist Don Friedmanand in co-led a group with Konitz and trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff. Zoller never turned his back on more traditional forms of jazz, playing swing with vibist Red Norvo and clarinetist Benny Goodmanand bop with saxophonist Stan Getzamong many others.
He remained active as a performer -- in the U. During the '80s and '90s, he recorded several albums for the Enja label with such artists as vibist Wolfgang Lackerschmidt and guitarist Jimmy Hay Que Seguir Bailando - Various - Argentina 71as well as longtime collaborators Konitz and Friedman.
Zoller was also a designer of electronic instruments; he patented a bi-directional pickup Hedwigs Arrival - Attila Zoller - Jazz Soundtracks guitars in and helped design his own signature line of guitars with the Framus and Hoefner companies.
Hedwigs Arrival - Attila Zoller - Jazz Soundtracks also designed a line of strings for the LaBella company. Zoller died of colon cancer less than three weeks later. Listen Lost Summer - Ricardo Villalobos - In The Mix: Taka Taka Attila Zoller now. To play this content, you'll need the Spotify app.
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