Gunter Hampel (born 31 August 1937) is a German jazz vibraphonist, clarinettist, saxophonist, flautist, pianist and composer born in Göttingen, Germany, perhaps best known for his album The 8th of July 1969 that included fellow musicians Anthony Braxton, Willem Breuker and Jeanne Lee. Jeanne, now deceased, was Gunter's wife.
Gunter Hampel in 2008
|Birth name||Gunter Hampel|
|Born||31 August 1937|
|Instruments||Vibraphone, clarinet, saxophones, piano, flute|
|Associated acts||Anthony Braxton, Jeanne Lee, Perry Robinson|
Hampel became dedicated to free jazz in the 1960s, developing his own record label (Birth Records), and worked with a variety of artists over the years, including John McLaughlin, Muruga Booker, Laurie Allan, Udo Lindenberg, Pierre Courbois and Perry Robinson. In the 1970s he also formed the Galaxie Dream Band.
- 1964: Heartplants (MPS), with Manfred Schoof, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Buschi Niebergall, Pierre Courbois
- 1967: Music from Europe (ESP 1042)
- 1968: Gesprächsfetzen (Calig 30 601), with Marion Brown
- 1969: The 8th of July 1969 (Birth 001)
- 1970: People Symphony (Birth 005)
- 1971: Spirits (Birth 007)
- 1971: Out of New York – The Music of Gunter Hampel (MPS 2120 900-8, BASF 2120 900-8)
- 1972: Familie with Anthony Braxton, Jeanne Lee (Birth 008)
- 1972: Angel (Birth 009)
- 1974: Journey to the Song Within (Birth 017), with Sunny Murray et al.
- 1975: Cosmic Dancer (Birth 024)
- 1975: Enfant Terrible (Birth 025)
- 1978: Reeds 'n Vibes (Improvising Artists), with Marion Brown
- 1978: Flying Carpet (Kharma)
- 1985: Fresh Heat – The Gunter Hampel New York Orchestra