Gunter Sommer
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Gunter Sommer
Günter Sommer
Sommer at Moers Festival, 2020
Sommer at Moers Festival, 2020
Background information
Günter "Baby" Sommer
Born (1943-08-25) August 25, 1943 (age 78)
Dresden, Germany
GenresFree jazz, avant-garde jazz
Günter Sommer in Aarhus, Denmark 2010

Günter "Baby" Sommer (born 25 August 1943) is a German jazz drummer.


Sommer was born in Dresden on 25 August 1943.[1] His first instrument was the trumpet, which he studied at school.[1] He started playing the drums aged 15 or 16.[1] He studied music at Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber in Dresden.[2] A solo percussion album, Hormusik, was released by FMP in 1979.[2] In the same year, FMP also released a trio album recorded with Peter Kowald and Wadada Leo Smith.[2] He has worked with Smith intermittently throughout his career.[2] During the 1980s he also worked with Peter Brötzmann, Irene Schweizer, Cecil Taylor, and with the writer Gunter Grass.[2] In the early 1990s he began leading a trio with Didier Levallet, then with Theo Jörgensmann, and joined the faculty at Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber.[2]


  • Gruppe Synopsis with Synopsis (Amiga, 1974)
  • Hormusik (FMP, 1979)
  • Touch the Earth with Wadada Leo Smith (FMP, 1980)
  • Dedication with Hans-Günther Wauer (FMP, 1982)
  • Hormusik Zwei (Nato, 1983)
  • If You Want the Kernels You Have to Break the Shells with Peter Kowald (FMP, 1983)
  • Pica Pica with Peter Brotzmann (FMP, 1984)
  • Percussion Summit with John Purcell, Urszula Dudziak (Moers Music, 1984)
  • Verschrankte Konstruktion with Hans-Günther Wauer (Amiga, 1986)
  • Irene Schweizer & Gunter Sommer (Intakt, 1988)
  • The Storming of the Winter Palace with Irene Schweizer (Intakt, 1988)
  • Reserve with Peter Brotzmann (FMP, 1989)
  • In East-Berlin with Cecil Taylor (FMP, 1989)
  • Riobec with Cecil Taylor (FMP, 1989)
  • Cordes Sur Ciel with Didier Levallet (European Music/Sud-Ouest, 1990)
  • Camino Fatal with Ekkehard Jost (Fish Music, 1990)
  • Cappuccini Klang with Peter Kowald (Splasc(h), 1992)
  • Sachsische Schatulle: Hormusik III (Intakt, 1993)
  • Merseburger Begegnung with Hans-Günther Wauer (Kip, 1994)
  • BIB with Sylvain Kassap, Didier Levallet (FMP, 2002)
  • Wokonda with Achim Jaroschek (Konnex, 2003)
  • Between Heaven and Earth with Conny Bauer (Intakt, 2003)
  • Hic Sunt Leones with Frank Paul Schubert (Jazz Haus, 2007)
  • Delphinius & Lyra with Raymond MacDonald (Clean Feed, 2007)
  • Wisdom in Time with Wadada Leo Smith (Intakt, 2007)
  • Abbara with Rafik Schami (Intakt, 2008)
  • Peitzer Grand Mit Vieren (Jazzwerkstatt, 2009)
  • Live in Jerusalem (Kadima Collective, 2009)
  • Songs for Kommeno (Intakt, 2012)
  • Jesper Lovdal Gunter Sommer (ILK Music, 2012)
  • Dry Swing & Tandem Spaces with Oliver Schwerdt (Euphorium, 2013)
  • Three Seasons (HGBS, 2014)
  • Sources with Johannes Enders (Moderntunemusic, 2016)
  • Fundstuecke with Gabriele Hasler (Laika, 2016)
  • Le Piccole Cose (Intuition, 2017)
  • Baby's Party (Intakt, 2018)
  • Grande Casino with EUPHORIUM_freakestra (Euphorium, 2018)
  • One For My Baby And One More For The Bass with Barry Guy and Oliver Schwerdt (Euphorium, 2020)


  1. ^ a b c Noglik, Bert (2003). "Sommer, Günter ("Baby")". Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.J420600. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ a b c d e f Collar, Matt. "Günter Sommer". AllMusic. Retrieved 2020.

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