|Tags:||jazz guitar hungarian jazz guitar|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
Attila Cornelius Zoller, 13 June 1927, Visegard, Hungary, d. 25 January 1998, Townsend, Vermont, USA. Zoller learnt to play the violin and trumpet as a child and only turned to the guitar when he chose to make a career in music. He played in a variety of bands in Budapest after the war before political unrest at home sent him to Austria and then, in the mid-50s, to Germany. There he played with Hans Koller and accompanied visiting Americans like Oscar Pettiford. In 1959, he won a scholarship to the Lenox School of Jazz and went to the USA. Zoller was a technically skilful guitarist who performed in a restrained style, with a keen harmonic sense which sometimes revealed his east European background. He joined Chico Hamiltons Quintet in 1960 and then played with Herbie Mann until 1965. He performed in a group specializing in modal jazz with Don Friedman before playing with Red Norvo and then Benny Goodman. In 1968, he was a co-leader in a trio with Albert...