Friday, August 17, 2012

R.I.P.: Fritz Pauer

(born on October 14, 1943 in Vienna, Austria;
died on July 1sr, 2012 in Vienna, Austria)

The world lost the top Austrian jazzman ever, a great musician I began to admire through his 20-year plus association with another dear late friend, Art Farmer. Besides the many albums listed below, Fritz Pauer also recorded on Farmer's "From Vienna with Art" and appeared on Kristin Korb's "Live in Vienna" DVD. To Art Farmer's "Crawl Space" album, he composed-arranged "Siddhartha" and also scored "Petite Belle." To Farmer/Yusef Lateef collaboration on "Something You Got," he composed "Saudhade" (sic). Among his sessions as a leader, the most famous one remains "Blues Inside Out" (MPS, 1979).

From his official website:

Fritz Pauer (Piano, Teacher, Arranger, Composer)
Born in Vienna on 14th of October 1943 in Vienna. Started to take private piano lessons when he was 5 years old. Studied violin, guitar and clarinet, but decided to be a professional jazz pianist at the age of 16. Playing in Fatty Georges All Star Band from 1960 to 1962 gave him the possibility to be able to play different styles.

1963-64 recordings and concerts with Hans Koller, Miriam & Oscar Klein.
1964-68 he moved to Berlin/Germany and played at Dug’s Night Club & Jazzgalery as a accompanist for Herb Geller, Johnny Griffin, Don Byas, Booker Erwin, Dexter Gordon, Art Farmer, Leo Wright, Carmell Jones, Pony Poindexter & the Berlin Allstars.
1968-1982 Pianoteacher at the Jazzdepartment, Vienna Conservatory. Arranger & Composer, Member of the ORF-RadioBand (Vienna ) & the Erich Kleinschuster Sextet. Projects & Recordins with Friedrich Gulda.
Fritz Pauer Trio since 1970.
Art Farmer Quartet, Quintet & Duo from 1970 until 2000.
1982-1984 Leader & Piano teacher at the Swiss Jazz School in Bern/Switzerland.
1984-1989 freelance Artist Since
1989 Teacher at the KUG University/Jazzdepartement in Graz/Austria(Interpretation, Begleiten & Korrepetition)

Recent Projects (Recordings & Concerts) Bass Encounters, Ed Neumeister Quartet, Fritz Pauer Solo & Trio, Sheila Cooper/Fritz Pauer Duo, Simone Kopmajer Quartet, Lucia Luzinska "All Time Jazz" Fritz Pauer Trio/Chico Freeman Quartet

Recordings under own leadership:
Fritz Pauer Trio/Beat the Beat-Inmus
Fritz Pauer Trio/The Rambler-Inmus
FP 3 Live at the Berlin Jazzgalerie/MPS-Universal
FP 3 Power by Pauer /MPS-BASF
FP3 Heidelberger Jazztage/MPS-BASF Waterplants/Ego
Fritz Pauer&Band/Animals Talk/Inmus
FP 3 Blues Inside Out/MPS Rolltreppe/RST
FP Trio/Live at The Jazzspelunke Vienna, Vol.1&2/RST
Moods from Wonderland/Jive Music
Fritz Pauer Trio & Apollon String Quartet/Klangburg Concertino/Jive Music Ridin’across the milky way/ORF Polyphone X-Lightsignals/T&F Musik der Juden im Burgenland/Musik der Zigeuner im Burgenland/Der weiße Wolf--KIBU

Recordings as Sideman:
Multiple Koller/MPS
Cosy Jazz/Oskar Klein Quartet/Amadeo-RST
Fatty George/Villion/Preiser
Morning Song/Don Menza Septet/MPS-Universal
Fatty George/Neuss Testament/Preiser
Annie Ross & Pony Poindexter & Berlin All Stars MPS/Universal
Intrnationaler Wettbewerb für Modern Jazz/Preisträger-Amadeo
Erich Kleinschuster Septet (Art Worker)/Moon
Johannes Fehring BigBand/Preiser
Friedrich Gulda Trio/Fata Morgana/Universal
Klaus Weiss Quartet/Mythologie/BASF
Klaus Weiss Sextet/Sunbirds/BASF
Klaus Weiss Orchestra/I just want to celebrate/BASF
Art Farmer/Gentle Eyes/Mainstream
Klaus Weiss Sextett/Zagara
Friedrich Gulda’s Reunion Band/MPS-BASF
Erich Kleinschuster Sextet-Live/Fade Out-Ariola
Piano Conclave-George Gruntz/Atlantic
Erich Kleinschuster Group/Columbia
Leo Wright/Live Jazz bei Freddy-Wunderteam
Rolf Ericson-Johhny Griffin Quintet-
Sincerely ours/Four Leaf Clover Peter Herbolzheimer All Star Big Band-Jazz Gala Concert 79/Rare Bid BID
Hans Koller Trio/Continued Talks/
Sandra Hans Koller&the Int. BrassComp./L+R Koller-Bauer-Artmann-Pauer/Hirn mit Ei
Art Farmer Quintet/Foolish Memories/Bellaphone
Klaus Weiss Quintet/Salt Peanuts/Jeton
Art Farmer & Fritz Pauer/Azure/Soul Note
Jenny Evans/Easy/Koala
Karlheinz Miklin Quartet / Next Page / SOS
Karl Ratzer/Gumbo Dive/RST
Waltz for Ann/L+R
Charly Antolini-Charly Augschöll Quartet-On the Beat/Jeton
Art Farmer Quartet/Jazzette
Karlheinz Miklin Quartet/SOS-Desicions /SOS:Last Waltz/Acoustic Music
Cornelia Giese/Rainsong/Lembrança/PG Records
Art Farmer Quintet/Live at Jazzland/Koch
Jazz Jazz Big Band Graz/Here & there/Mons
JBBG plays the music of Bob Brookmeyer/Mons
Wayne Darling presents the art of bass,Vol.2
Tales of Love&Longing/Candid
Lucia Luzinska/(un)covered/Pavian

Compositions: (See also Recordings/FP 3&Solo/Art Farmer/Johnny Griffin/Kh.Miklin/Erich Kleinschuster etc.)
Balletmusik: Der Clown/Voyage Klavier:Three
Poems/Meditaionen/Doblinger-Figaro Mit Nachhall/Rhythmische Studie/Variation-Kleine Sonate(Takacs)/3Klavierstücke Mit Phrygischer Secunde Concerto für SYO/BIG BAND&COMBO Fritz Pauer/Laurie Antonioli Songbook
Arrangements: The Music of Abdullah Imbrahim(ENJA)

Publications: Modale Suite,Saxofon Duette/Quartette-Advance Music Modal Forces Vol I+II/Domicile
1966 International Competition for Modern Jazz. 1st Price for Jazzpiano. 2003 Goldenes Verdienstzeichen der Republik Österreich
2004/2005 Nomination for the Hans Koller Price.
2008 Staatspreis (Würdigungspreis) für Musik

Fritz Pauer passed away on the first of july 2012. He leaves a gap which will never be filled. We will miss him forever

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