Jaki Liebezeit

born on 26/5/1938 in Dresden, Sachsen, Germany

died on 22/1/2017

Jaki Liebezeit

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Jaki Liebezeit
Born 1939
Dresden, Germany
Genres Krautrock
Free jazz
Occupations Musician
Instruments drums
Years active 1961present
Associated acts Manfred Schoof
Brian Eno
Jah Wobble
Philip Jeck
Depeche Mode
Bernd Friedmann

Jaki Liebezeit (born 26 May 1939 in Dresden, Germany) is a drummer probably best known as a founding member of Can who has been called "one of the few drummers to convincingly meld the funky and the cerebral"[1].

In the mid-1960s, he was part of Manfred Schoof's quintet, who were early exponents of European free jazz.[2]

He subsequently moved towards the new possibilities being opened by psychedelic music as a member of Can. His drumming was prominent in the band's sound, particularly in his much-admired contribution to the side-long "Halleluhwah" on Tago Mago. Liebezeit is best known for his exceptional "metronome" style of playing; other members of Can have suggested that he sounds as though he is "half man, half machine".

In 1980, he became a member of Phantomband,[2] and has formed drum ensembles such as Drums off Chaos and Club off Chaos.[2] Later he recorded with numerous musicians, such as Jah Wobble[2] and Philip Jeck, with whom he produced an album for Jah Wobble's 30 Hertz Records, and has contributed drums and/or percussion to many albums as a guest throughout the years, such as the Depeche Mode album Ultra and Brian Eno's album Before and After Science. Recently, he has worked with Burnt Friedman on the Secret Rhythms albums.


  1. Jeff Norman's website
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Biography at Spoon Records

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