If there are classics of Austrian jazz, here is one!


How "Air, Love & Vitamins" became an Austrian jazz standard

Harry Pepl wrote the composition "Air, Love & Vitamins" in the early 80s. Originally humorous and bitterly angry also announced as "shitty wanderer", the title of this song should express something basically positive with a pinch of self-irony: Air, love and something else, vitamins as well.

In 1983 the first recording was released: The Jazzzwio, the congenial duo consisting of Harry Pepl and the Tyrolean vibraphonist and later composer Werner Pirchner, which had received international attention in the 80s, was expanded to a trio for a recording at the renowned Munich record company ECM by none other than the American drummer legend Jack DeJohnette.

For almost 40 years, the work has been interpreted by various musicians* and line-ups, both nationally and internationally. The work has even served as the title of the album: Pepl's student at the Graz University of Music, the internationally established jazz guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel, released his album "Air, Love & Vitamins" on Quinton Records in 2004 together with American musicians bassist Marc Johnson and drummer Brian Blade.