Born: January 12, 1951
Ernst Bier - Biography
born in Barntrupp / Lippe
* 1975 - 77: studied with Billy Brooks (Swiss Jazzschool, Bern)
* 1982 - 85: private studies in New York with Charlie Persip and Vernell Fournier
* 1985: three-week master class with Elvin Jones (Atlantic Center for the Performing Arts, Florida)
Work experience as performing musician:
* 1977 - 82: Leader of the band Just Friends
* 1979 - 82: Drummer in Belgian guitarist Paolo Radoni's trio
* 1980 - 82: Drummer in Hungarian guitarist Attila Zollar's trio
Ernst Bier has also played with:...
Ernst Bier was the other star of this evening. He handled the drums with cool, casual mastery.
Dresdener Neuste Nachrichten
Jazz drummer Ernst Bier, an interesting and melodic drummer
Godehard Lutz / Jazzpodium
Ernst Bier is a masterful drummer with an appreciation of the diverse applications of his instrument as a means of expressing a range of voices; his solos exhibit a commanding understanding of the instrument.
Gerhard Hopfe / Jazzpodium
Ernst Bier used every possible means to entice a variety of tones out of his drum set.
Katri Zill / Kölner Stadtanzeiger
Ernst Bier plays the rhythms, feels them, embodies them, while keeping in contact with the others, observing, listening, and feeling.
The best word to describe Ernst Bier's drumming is to use that adjective so beloved by the English-speaking jazz critics: crisp.
Peter Niklas Wilson / Jazzpodium
Ernst Bier is one of the few drummers who radiates joy when he plays. Even during the most complicated rhythms and deepest points of concentration, he is busting his buttons from the pleasure of playing.
Bier's accompaniment is bubbling over with humor and musicality.
M. Laurentius / Bonner Rundschau
Drummer Ernst Bier deserves the highest praise; he thinks melodically, assures for lively rhythms, tonal surprises, and, when necessary, for unbridled drive.
Reiner Ruhl / Fuldaer Zeitung
Ernst Bier not only injects the compositions with life; he also stirs up dramatic and dynamic elements that leave listeners ears glued to the music.
Peter Stegmaier / Jazzpodium
Ernst Bier's drumming was infectiously exciting; he always provided the calm with an elastic groove.
Rainer Köhl / Frankfurter Rundschau
But there were also these reviews:
There was only one musician who seemed not to have understood the session's principal of give-and-take: drummer Ernst Bier, whose playing was a continual nerve-jangling, insensitive cacophony.
Thomas Wörtche / Jazzpodium
Co-leader Ernst Bier is definitely not one of the most agile and elegant players among German drummers; but he has sense enough to push the rest of his group into the forefront.
Arne Schumacher / Jazzthetik
Live at the A-TraneKonnex Records
Live At The A-TraneVIA Jazz
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