This fusion unit was formed in 1970 by saxophonist Klaus Doldinger (12 May 1936, Berlin, Germany). Doldinger had led his own quartet since 1962, enjoying a good reputation in Europe and the USA. His intention with Passport was the exploration of a way to combine free improvisation for his own lead saxophone over a solid rock-style rhythm section. The groups first release, Passport, had the leader on saxophone and keyboards, backed by Olaf Kubler (saxophones/flute), Jimmy Jackson (organ), Lother Maid (bass), and Udo Lindenberg (drums). Reaction to their heady mix of jazz rock fusion was very good but it was not until the mid-70s and after several personnel changes that Doldinger achieved the sound and style that he wanted. By this time the band was made up of Kristian Schultze (keyboards), Wolfgang Schmid (electric bass), and Curt Cress (drums). There were further personnel changes at the end of the decade but then, as always, Doldinger was the dominant force....
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