HANS KOLLER (SAXOPHONE)

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Hans Koller (February 12, 1921, Vienna – December 21, 2003; Vienna) was an Austrian jazz tenor saxophonist and bandleader.

Koller attended the University of Vienna from 1936 to 1939 and was in the armed forces from 1940 to 1946. Following World War II he returned to Vienna and played with the Hot Club of Vienna; in 1950 he emigrated to Germany and formed a small ensemble there. In the 1950s he played with Freddie Brocksieper, Albert Mangelsdorff, Jutta Hipp, Dizzy Gillespie, Bill Russo, Lee Konitz, Stan Kenton, Eddie Sauter, Benny Goodman, Attila Zoller, Oscar Pettiford, Kenny Clarke, and Jimmy Pratt. From 1958 to 1965 he directed the jazz workshops of the Norddeutscher Rundfunk in Hamburg, returning to Vienna in 1970. Soon after he formed his own ensemble, Free Sound, and later that decade he worked with the International Brass Company.

In addition to his playing and bandleading, Koller also composed; among his
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HANS KOLLER (SAXOPHONE) Discography

HANS KOLLER (SAXOPHONE) albums / top albums

HANS KOLLER (SAXOPHONE) 0.00 | 0 ratings
"New Sound From Germany" Vol.5
Cool Jazz 1953
HANS KOLLER (SAXOPHONE) Jazz for Moderns album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz for Moderns
Bop 1955
HANS KOLLER (SAXOPHONE) Hans Kollers New Jazz Stars album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hans Kollers New Jazz Stars
Bop 1956
HANS KOLLER (SAXOPHONE) Koller Plays Kovac vol. 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Koller Plays Kovac vol. 1
Bop 1956
HANS KOLLER (SAXOPHONE) Koller Plays Kovac vol. 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Koller Plays Kovac vol. 2
Bop 1956
HANS KOLLER (SAXOPHONE) Exclusiv album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Exclusiv
Bop 1963
HANS KOLLER (SAXOPHONE) Vision album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Vision
Bop 1966
HANS KOLLER (SAXOPHONE) Relax With My Horns album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Relax With My Horns
Bop 1966
HANS KOLLER (SAXOPHONE) Phoenix album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Phoenix
Bop 1973
HANS KOLLER (SAXOPHONE) Kunstkopfindianer album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Kunstkopfindianer
Eclectic Fusion 1974
HANS KOLLER (SAXOPHONE) For Marcel Duchamp album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
For Marcel Duchamp
Bop 1977
HANS KOLLER (SAXOPHONE) New York City album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
New York City
Big Band 1979
HANS KOLLER (SAXOPHONE) Hans Koller /  Attila Zoller /  Roland Hanna  : Trinity album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Hans Koller / Attila Zoller / Roland Hanna : Trinity
Hard Bop 1979
HANS KOLLER (SAXOPHONE) The Horses! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Horses!
Progressive Big Band 1980
HANS KOLLER (SAXOPHONE) Multiple Koller album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Multiple Koller
Hard Bop 1980
HANS KOLLER (SAXOPHONE) Continued Talks album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Continued Talks
Avant-Garde Jazz 1982
HANS KOLLER (SAXOPHONE) Out On The Rim album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Out On The Rim
Avant-Garde Jazz 1991
HANS KOLLER (SAXOPHONE) Margret Rose album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Margret Rose
Hard Bop 2000
HANS KOLLER (SAXOPHONE) Jeanneret: The Lost Tapes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jeanneret: The Lost Tapes
Bop 2004

HANS KOLLER (SAXOPHONE) EPs & splits

HANS KOLLER (SAXOPHONE) Jazz Wien - Berlin album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz Wien - Berlin
Bop 1956
HANS KOLLER (SAXOPHONE) Jazz Salon Dortmund 1957 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz Salon Dortmund 1957
Bop 1957
HANS KOLLER (SAXOPHONE) Cool Jazz album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cool Jazz
Bop 1958
HANS KOLLER (SAXOPHONE) Jazz-Studio H.G.B.S. Number One album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz-Studio H.G.B.S. Number One
Bop 1965

HANS KOLLER (SAXOPHONE) live albums

HANS KOLLER (SAXOPHONE) Free Sound & Super Brass album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Free Sound & Super Brass
Bop 1976
HANS KOLLER (SAXOPHONE) Hans Koller & Friends : Legends Live album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hans Koller & Friends : Legends Live
Bop 2013
HANS KOLLER (SAXOPHONE) Big Sound Koller album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Big Sound Koller
Bop 2016
HANS KOLLER (SAXOPHONE) Nome album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Nome
Eclectic Fusion 2017

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HANS KOLLER (SAXOPHONE) re-issues & compilations

HANS KOLLER (SAXOPHONE) Das Is Jazz album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Das Is Jazz
Bop 1953
HANS KOLLER (SAXOPHONE) Masterpieces album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Masterpieces
Bop 1995
HANS KOLLER (SAXOPHONE) Some Winds album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Some Winds
Bop 2016

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HANS KOLLER (SAXOPHONE) Nome

Live album · 2017 · Eclectic Fusion
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Igor91
After discovering Hans Koller's impressive 1974 release, "Kunstkopfindianer," I came across this live recording of the same line-up for that album. This CD release is on the B.Free label, which is listed as a bootleg label on Discogs, yet the parent label, Be!Sharp, is not listed as such. Bootleg or not, the sound quality on this release is excellent. The packaging states that it was recorded May 15, 1974 in Cologne, Germany "from the original tapes in pristine audio," and it certainly sounds that way. This was apparently taped for a radio broadcast. Along with Koller are Wolfgang Dauner on keys, Zbigniew Seifert on violin and alto sax, Adelhard Roidinger on bass, and Janusz Stefanski on drums.

This live recording draws from the material on the album "Kunstkopfindianer," but, like any good live performance, expands the boundaries of the studio recordings. The avant-garde/free jazz aspects of "Kunstkopfindianer" are further explored here, making it a more challenging listen than the studio versions. That's not to say it isn't good, you just need more attention and patience when listening. "Nome" (the song) is a whopping 40 plus minutes long, a huge leap from the mere 6 1/2 minutes of the studio version. The remaining 35 minutes consist of 3 other tracks from the studio album and some needlessly included announcements.

As would be expected, the musicianship displayed here is top-notch, and, as mentioned above, the recording is impeccable. Overall, a wonderful document of a great group of musicians at the top of their game. If you like "Kunstkopfindianer" or Dauner's experimental jazz and fusion, then this is a must-hear. 4 stars.



HANS KOLLER (SAXOPHONE) Kunstkopfindianer

Album · 1974 · Eclectic Fusion
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Igor91
I came across this album while searching works by Wolfgang Dauner in Discogs and decided to give it a listen. I was happy I did, for this is an excellent example of experimental fusion from that era.

While the album is under saxophonist Hans Koller's name, it is heavily influenced by Dauner's experimental work of that time period. This is really more of a band project, with Koller being just one of the equally important members. Koller, the elder statesman in the group, was in his early 50's at the time, and I give the man credit for releasing music like this at this point in his career. I haven't heard much of his earlier work, but what I did listen to was firmly in the bop tradition. "Kunstkopfindianer" is something quite different.

I would describe this album as a mix of fusion, avant-garde/free jazz, and hard bop. The free jazz/avant-garde aspects of the music never goes too far before becoming grounded by some element of structure and melody. All of the musicians give superb performances, and all but drummer Janusz Stefanski contribute compositions. Stefanski does, however, lay down some incredible, at times ferocious, drum-work throughout the LP. Dauner is his usual genius on the keys, while bassist Adelhard Roidinger is all over the place (in a good way) on his instrument. Koller delivers a convincing performance in the mix, like he'd been a free jazz master all of his life.

I truly enjoy listening to this album and would recommend it to those who like Dauner's experimental work, such as Et Cetera. I give it a solid 4 1/2 stars - an obscure, yet essential album of experimental 70's jazz fusion.

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