George Gruntz’s Concert Jazz Music group, an orchestra that emphasized originals by bandmembers (both former and present) as well as the leader’s agreements, was perhaps one of the most stimulating of most jazz big rings, with a brief history spanning several decades. Gruntz, an excellent pianist, performed locally in Switzerland and debuted in america when he made an appearance with Marshall Brown’s International Youngsters Band on the 1958 Newport Jazz Celebration. His trio in European countries followed touring American music artists in the 1960s including Dexter Gordon and Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and produced three-quarters of Phil Woods’ ambitious European Tempo Machine (1968-1969). Gruntz documented in lots of different configurations, including using the Swiss All-Stars, a four-flute septet, with Mideast music artists and Jean-Luc Ponty on 1967’s Noon in Tunisia. In 1972, he produced the Concert Jazz Music group, which over time highlighted a who’s who of best music artists including Benny Bailey, Woody Shaw, Franco Ambrosetti, Dexter Gordon, Supplement Geller, Phil Woods, Eddie Daniels, Ray Anderson, Lew Soloff, Chris Hunter, Bob Mintzer, and several other Us citizens and Europeans; they typically toured double a year and also performed in China. Gruntz also documented with smaller groupings, and in the ’90s and 2000s, his information had been released by Enja and TCB. George Gruntz passed away at his house in Basel, Switzerland on January 10, 2013; he was 80 yrs . old.