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Born: January 12, 1951    Primary Instrument: Drums

Ernst Bier

Ernst Bier - Biography

born in Barntrupp / Lippe

Studies

* 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:...
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Ernst Bier - Press Reviews

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.
Bayrische Rundschau

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.
Pforzheimer Zeitung

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

As a Leader

1979 - Just Friends- "Just Jazz"
LP - out of print
Allan Praskin - altosax, Hermann Süss - trumpet, Wolfgang Köhler - piano, Rudi Schröder - bass, Ernst Bier - drums


1996 - Ernst Bier - Mack Goldsbury Quartet - "At Night When You Go To Sleep"
Timescraper Records TSR 9611
MP3 Download at www.phonector.com
Mack Goldsbury - ts, ss, Frank Möbus - g, Ed Schuller - b, Ernst Bier - dr , Topo Gioia - perc. ("Rachel's song")


2000 - Ernst Bier / Mack Goldsbury Quartet with Herb Robertson - "Next Move"
JAZZ TOWN / BEV MUSIC 2303014-2
MP3 Download at www.phonector.com
Mack Goldsbury - ts, ss, Herb Robertson - trumpet, Frank Möbus - g, Ed Schuller - b, Ernst Bier - dr


2003 - Ernst Bier / Mack Goldsbury Quartet feat. Herb Robertson & Matthias Bätzel - "A-Live at the A-Trane"
Konnex Records KCD 5113
Mack Goldsbury - saxophone, piccoloflute, Herb Robertson - trumpet, Matthias Bätzel - hammond B-3 organ, Ernst Bier - drums


2006 - Ernst Bier / Matthias Bätzel / Karl Schloz with Sonny Fortune - "Live at the A-Trane "
Konnex Records KCD 5174
Sonny Fortune - altosax, flute, perc, Karl Schloz- guitar, Matthias Bätzel - hammond B3 organ, Ernst Bier - drums


As A Side Musician

1981 - Paolo Radoni Trio - "Funny Ways"
LDH Records LDH 1003
Paolo Radoni - g, Rudi Schröder - b, Ernst Bier - dr


1988 - Perry Robinson Quartet - "Nightmare Island"
ITM / West Wind 2026 CD
MP3 Download at www.phonector.com
Perry Robinson - clarinet, Simon Nabatov - piano, Ed Schuller - bass, Ernst Bier - drums


1990 - Perry Robinson Quartet - "Call To The Stars"
ITM / West Wind 2052 CD
MP3 Download at www.phonector.com
Perry Robinson - clarinet, Simon Nabatov - piano, Ed Schuller - bass, Ernst Bier - drums


1993 - Ralf Timer Projekt - "Sundowntale"
Rockwerk Records LC 8248
Ralf Timer - guitar, Burkhard Schmidt - saxophon, Matthias Klünder - keyboard, Ed Schuller - bass, Ernst Bier - drums


1994 - Wahnshuffle Trio - "Blues Against Racism"
Bellaphon Records CDLR 45087
Felix Wahnshuffle - saxophon, Ed Schuller - bass, Ernst Bier - drums


1995 - Christoph Adams Trio
New Morning Records
MP3 Download at www.phonector.com
Christoph Adams - piano, Ed Schuller - bass, Ernst Bier - drums


1996 - Johannes Barthelmes Group - "Blues for George"
Bellaphon Records CDLR 45113
Johannes Barthelmes - sax, Gary Valente - tb, Bill Bickford - g, Pepe Berns - b, Ernst Bier - dr


1997 - Perry Robinson Quartet - "Angelology"
TIMESCRAPER RECORDS TSCR 9613
MP3 Download at www.phonector.com
Perry Robinson - Clarinet, Simon Nabatov - piano, Ed Schuller - bass, Ernst Bier - drums


1997 - Johannes Barthelmes Group - "For Her"
Lagerhaus Music Factory LC 1472
Award of the "Deutsche Schallplattenkritik" 1/1998
Johannes Barthelmes - sax, Gary Valente - tb, Bill Bickford - g, Pepe Berns - b, Ernst Bier - dr


1999 - Chris Bennett - "Live in Berlin
Renegade Entertainment CBS 2405
Chris Bennett - vocals, piano, Armando Castagnoli - alto saxophone, Helmut Bruger - synth., piano, Stefan Weeke - bass, Ernst Bier - drums, Mr. Bobbye Hall - additional percussion overdubs


1999 - Gerard Batrya And The Lions - "To Jaco"
Timescraper Records TSCR 9825
Gerard Batrya (b), Mack Goldsbury - sax, Christian Grabant - tp, Reggie Moore- p, Michael Rodach - g, Carlos Mieres - g, Topo Goia - perc, Micky Bister - dr, Ernst Bier - dr


1999 - Lito Tabora - "Understanding"
TRIXX CD 00777 / LC 6427
Lito Tabora - piano with various musicians


2000 - Christoph Adams Trio - "Pastime Paradise"
BEV-JazzTown JAZZ TOWN / BEV MUSIC 2303009-2
MP3 Download at www.phonector.com
Christoph Adams - piano, Ed Schuller - Bass, Ernst Bier - drums


2002 - Tribesmen - "Cry me a river"
Bella Musica BM 31.6522
Pete "Wyoming" Bender - voc, perc, Mack Goldsbury - ts, ss, Reggie Moore - p, Martin Lillich - b, Kevin Burrell - perc, Ernst Bier - drums


2002 - Helter Skelter - "Beatles Forever"
Born & Bellmann CD 021508
Helmut "Joe" Sachse - g, flute, guitarcase, Ernst Bier - drums


2002 - spontaneous international jazz friends - "no. one"
MVM Konnex MVM-KCD 4001
Önder Focan - guitar, Stefan Weeke - bass, Ernst Bier - drums


2003 - Perry Robinson Quartet - "Still Traveling"
WestWind WW 2138
Perry Robinson - clarinet, Christoph Adams - piano, vocals, Ed Schuller - bass, Ernst Bier - drums


1999 - "Once Upon A Time" Live at the A-Trane
2005 Renegade Entertainment 634479178931
MP3 Download at www.cdbaby.com
Chris Bennett - vocals, piano, Armando Castagnoli - alto saxophone, Helmut Bruger - synth., piano, Earl Bostic - bass, Ernst Bier - drums


2005 - Robinson/Schuller/Bier - "Children's Song"
Konnex KCD 5149
Perry Robinson - clarinet, Ed Schuller - bass, Ernst Bier - drums


2005 - Plastikmucke - "[polimer]isation
Konnex KCD 5151
Julean Simon - eSax, Ernst Bier - eDrums


2005 - Mutashabubu - "Live at the A-Trane
MP3 Download at www.phonector.com
Jörg Miegel - sax, Michael Rodach - guitar, Martin Lillich - bass, Ernst Bier - drums


2006 - Andreas Scotty Böttcher & Ernst Bier - "Between Heaven and Earth "
MP3 Download at www.phonector.com
Andreas Scotty Böttcher - digital piano, synthesizers, Ernst Bier - drums, perc


2006 - DrumBone - Grasgeflüster
MP3 Download at www.phonector.com
Günter Heinz - trombone, flute, zurna, Ernst Bier - drums, perc


2006 - Jazz Paracites - "Very Early
MP3 Download at www.phonector.com
Kalle Kalima - guitar, Ed Schuller - bass, Ernst Bier - drums


2009 - Jazz Parasites - "Very Early
Jazzwerkstatt JW 062
Kalle Kalima - guitar, Ed Schuller - bass, Ernst Bier - drums


2009 - Nesin Howhannesijan Trio - Circles
Konnex KCD 5238
Kelvin Sholar - piano, Nesin Howhannesijan - bass, Ernst Bier - drums


2009 - Ernst Bier/Mack Goldsbury Group - Artesia Sunrise
Konnex KCD 5240
Mack Goldsbury - saxophones, piccolo, Maciej Fortuna - trumpet, fluegelhorn, Reggie Moore - piano, Stefan Weeke - bass, Ernst Bier - drums




Video & DVD

1996 - NACHTS WENN DU SCHLAFEN GEHST ("At Night When You Go To Sleep")
www.kubnyfilm.de
A documentery about Ernst Bier by Werner Kubny Edited by: Rheinhard Wulf and Enno Hungerland (WDR/3 Sat)


2008 - DrumBone - Grasgeflüster - DVD
www.phonector.com
A concert DVD with: Günter Heinz - trombone, flute, zurna, Ernst Bier - drums, percussion




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