Life and work
As a child Neidlinger was briefed on the cello. As an adolescent he played, after lessons with Walter Page, bass in various jazz bands, but also jammed with the Chicago pianist Joe Sullivan. At college at Yale, he had his own band, but also played with musicians from Fats Waller, with Rex Stewart, Vic Dickenson, Coleman Hawkins, Eddie Condon and Johnny wind Hurst. From 1955 he played both with Herbie Nichols and with Cecil Taylor, with whom he is involved in various formations also recordings from the early 1960s. He also played with Steve Lacy, with Gil Evans and Jimmy Giuffre with, but was also engaged by Gunther Schuller for his Third Stream Productions.
Then he made an extensive study of the new musical language of the new music apart ( John Cage, Mauricio Kagel, Robert Crumb ). He was first at the New England Conservatory, and later at the CalTech university lecturer. In Los Angeles, he was also involved in recordings with Jean -Luc Ponty and Frank Zappa. In the 1970s he was bassist of the Chamber Orchestra of Los Angeles. But He also founded a bluegrass band called Buell Grass. He then again took on a number of jazz records, which appeared in part on the jointly established with tenor saxophonist Marty Krystall own label K2B2. He also took up with Anthony Braxton and with Ivo Perelman.
- The Complete Candid Recordings of Cecil Taylor and Buell Neidlinger (1960 /61) - ( Mosaic 1989) - 6 LPs, 4 CDs with Archie Shepp, Charles Dennis, Steve Lacy, Charles Davis, Clark Terry, Roswell Rudd, Billy Higgins
- Ian Carr et al.: Rough Guide to Jazz. Metzler, Stuttgart 2004, p 502
- Martin Kunzler: Jazz Encyclopedia. Vol 2 2nd edition. Rowohlt, Reinbek 2002, ISBN 3-499-16513-9.