(born August 31
) is a German jazz vibraphonist
and composer born in Göttingen, Germany
, perhaps best-known for his album "The 8th of July 1969"
that included fellow musicians Anthony Braxton
, Willem Breuker
and Jeanne Lee
. Jeanne, now deceased, was Gunter's wife.
Hampel became dedicated to free-jazz in the 1960s, developing his own record label (Birth Records), and worked with a variety of artists over the years, including John McLaughlin, Laurie Allan, Udo Lindenberg and Perry Robinson. In the 1970s he also formed the "Galaxie Dream Band".