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Jaki Liebezeit (December 2011)

Jaki Liebezeit (actually Hans Heinrich Liebezeit; born May 26, 1938 in Dresden ; † January 22, 2017 in Cologne ) was a German drummer .

life and work

At first, Liebezeit worked as a jazz musician; Among other things, he played in the early 1960s together with Buschi Niebergall in the trio of Manfred Welsandt and in Barcelona with the pianist Tete Montoliu and the trumpeter Chet Baker . After returning to West Germany, he worked in 1966 and 1967 with the Manfred Schoof Quintet and the Globe Unity Orchestra in the field of free jazz .

He then founded the band Can in 1968 with Holger Czukay , Irmin Schmidt and Michael Karoli .

Since 1978 he worked from Cologne as a studio musician, a. a. for the Zeltinger Band , Michael Rother , Gianna Nannini , Eurythmics , Depeche Mode , Pascal Comelade or Brian Eno . He also had a share in the great successes of Joachim Witt , so he played a. a. whose song Goldener Reiter . Liebezeit accompanied Witt with other musicians such as Helmut Zerlett , Harald Gutowski and Harald Grosskopf .

Since the 1980s, Liebezeit has been running other projects, of which Drums Off Chaos in particular deserves special mention: there, drummers alone played a very high level of abstract drum music. Liebezeit also worked with the guitarist Dominik von Senger ( Phantom Band , dark figure ) and with the British bassist Jah Wobble . In 1993 he worked in New York with Nicky Skopelitis ; In 1995, Liebezeit founded the formation Club Off Chaos with the guitarist and instrument maker Dirk Herweg (* 1965) and the synthesizer player Boris Polonski (* 1972) , with which he released three albums in addition to numerous live performances. In 2002 Club Off Chaos broke up temporarily.

In the same year Liebezeit released the album Secret Rhythms together with musician and producer Burnt Friedman . Secret Rhythms II followed in 2006 . Secret Rhythms III was released in 2008 . Liebezeit and Friedman performed live as a duo or with various other musicians around the world until Liebezeit's death.

From 2005 he worked with the artist Werner Kiera (aka data processor). In the course of the collaboration, wild, experimental sound fragments emerged, together with archaic and unconventional rhythms. Here two artists from different backgrounds met each other. This collaboration resulted in two online albums: Givt and Givt Return .

Grave of "Jaki" Liebezeit at the Melatenfriedhof in Cologne (July 2018)

At the end of 2008, Liebezeit was working on a new album in the Berlin Recording Session Studio with Phillip Boa .

He played for Phillip Boa and the Voodooclub drums for the early 2009 album Diamonds fall and accompanied the band to five concerts.

In autumn 2009 he appeared on the Schiller album, Atemlos , released on March 12, 2010 . In 2013 he played three tracks on the album Messias Maschine by the German band Sankt Otten . He recorded his last album Akşak in 2015 together with the Cologne percussionist Holger Mertin.

For the past 20 years, Liebezeit played drums without a bass drum and hi-hat. "I got rid of the bass drum and the hi-hat because I no longer wanted to play the usual rock style." Regarding his rhythmic view, he said: "You have to play monotonously, that is, repeat over and over the same rhythmic cycle, repeat, to repeat. Then groove develops. ”Or as Can colleague Holger Czukay put it:“ Jaki plays like a machine. Just better. "

Love time died in a Cologne hospital from a lung infection . and was buried on February 6, 2017 with an urn at the Melaten central cemetery in Cologne . The grave is there in parcel "T".

On January 22nd, 2018 a memorial concert "Jaki Liebezeit - A Tribute" took place in the Philharmonie in Cologne.

Band projects

Discography (selection)

  • 1966 Manfred Schoof Quintett: Voices (on CD under the title "Avantgarde Jazz Collection" with two additional pieces by the Rolf Kühn - Joachim Kühn Quartet from 1966, on which Liebezeit does not play)
  • 1966 Alexander von Schlippenbach : Globe Unity (only LP)
  • 1969 Can : Monster Movie
  • 1972 Can: Tago Mago
  • 1977 Michael Rother : Flaming Hearts
  • 1978 Michael Rother: Sterntaler
  • 1978 Can: Can
  • 1979 Michael Rother: Katzenmusik
  • 1980 Phantom Band : Phantom Band
  • 1980 Joachim Witt : Silberblick
  • 1981 Phantom Band: Freedom Of Speech
  • 1982 Joachim Witt: Edelweiss
  • 1982 Gianna Nannini : Latin Lover
  • 1983 Trio : Bye Bye
  • 1984 Full Circle (with Holger Czukay and Jah Wobble)
  • 1987 Irmin Schmidt : Musk at Dusk
  • 1987 Marius Müller-Westernhagen : Westernhagen
  • 1989 The Ya Ya's: 2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9
  • 1995 Brian Eno : Crazy
  • 1997 Depeche Mode : Ultra
  • 1997 Phantom Band: Nowhere
  • 1998 Club Off Chaos: Club Off Chaos
  • 1998 Club Off Chaos: The Change of the Century
  • 2001 Maria de Alvear / Drums Off Chaos: Tree
  • 2001 Club Off Chaos: par et impar
  • 2002 Secret Rhythms (with Burnt Friedman, nonplace rec.)
  • 2005 Burnt Friedman & Jaki Liebezeit featuring David Sylvian: Out in the Sticks (only 12 ″)
  • 2005 data processor vs. Jaki Liebezeit: Givt Online Album
  • 2006 data processors vs. Jaki Liebezeit: Givt Return Online Album
  • 2006 Burnt Friedman & Jaki Liebezeit: Secret Rhythms II (nonplace rec.)
  • 2008 Phillip Boa & The Voodoo Club: Diamonds Fall
  • 2008 Burnt Friedman & Jaki Liebezeit: Secret Rhythms III (nonplace rec.)
  • 2010 Schiller: Breathless (on the tracks "Passion" and "Opium")
  • 2011 Burnt Friedman & Jaki Liebezeit: Secret Rhythms IV (nonplace rec.)
  • 2011 Drums Off Chaos & Jens-Uwe Beyer: Drums Off Chaos & Jens-Uwe Beyer (Magazine)
  • 2011 BILL (Bell / Irmler / Liebezeit / Lippok): Playground 2 (sound bath)
  • 2013 Sankt Otten : Messiah Machine ( Denovali )
  • 2013 Robert Coyne with Jaki Liebezeit: The Obscure Department (Meyer Records)
  • 2013 Burnt Friedman & Jaki Liebezeit: Secret Rhythms
  • 2014 Irmler / Liebezeit: Flood (sound bath)
  • 2015 Jaki Liebezeit, Holger Mertin : Akşak

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b Can drummer Jaki Liebezeit has died Spiegel Online.Retrieved January 23, 2017
  2. Tom Lord: Jazz discography (Online)
  3. a b Obituary (jazzcity.de) ( Memento of the original from January 28, 2017 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.jazzcity.de
  4. Precision machine: the drummer JAKI LIEBEZEIT. Accessed January 30, 2017
  5. Cologne Philharmonic: Jaki Liebezeit - A Tribute. . Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  6. Vol. 5 Secret Rhythms
  7. staubgold.com: Akşak