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PASSPORT was a German jazz/fusion group formed in 1971. Founded by Ace Saxeman, composer and arranger Klaus Doldinger along with Curt Cress (percussion), Kristian Schultze (keyboards), and Wolfgang Schmid (bass & guitar). This was the classic lineup that started with their 4th album "Looking Thru" in 1973, their first US release. I'm not familiar with their first 3 albums, but outside Klaus, the lineup was pretty different.
This classic lineup continued through the next 5 albums. Utilizing spacey electronic jazz with rock and classical styles, this group was very groundbreaking. Klaus has a knack for coming up with some of the most beautiful saxe melodies you ever heard. Curt Cress was probably one of the first drummers to experiment with electronic drums. Bassist Wolfgang Schmid's classical guitar adds a nice demension. And Kristian Schultze's use of synth and mellotron gives them an expansive orchestral sound.
After their 8th album, PASSPORT went through many different
incarnations with only Klaus as the common denominator in all of them.
In the 80's, Klaus did other projects like motion picture soundtracks,
most notably "Das Boot". But PASSPORT still to this day records and
performs (mostly in Europe, they came to the US only once) with various
personnel. But it was the classic lineup that expanded their audience
and gave them critical acclaim.
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