Horst Fisher was a teenager during the second World War and a young man when his hometown of Chemnitz, Germany, was renamed Karl Marx Stadt and became something of a symbol of the so-called "Communist experiment." In a transition from manifesto to manifestation, the town had a giant bust of Karl Marx created that looked like a pool ball with a personality. Meanwhile Fisher had begun playing trumpet with the well-endowed radio band of Leipzig after apprenticing in the combos of Ernst Knauth and Karl Walter in the late '40s.
Fisher's interest in American trumpet stylists from the jazz genre seems all-encompassing. In his list of "favorites" for Leonard Feather's Encyclopedia of Jazz, Fisher reels in the showy flash of Maynard Ferguson, the technical spell-casting of Clifford Brown, the wounded sentimentality of Chet Baker and Miles Davis, and the Hollywood studio chops of Conte Candoli. He left out the psychedelic marching band style of Donald Ayler, but that hadn't happened yet. Fisher was the star trumpeter in the Erwin Lehn dance band in the early '50s -- featured prominently on a series of radio broadcasts originating in Stuttgart, on the other side of the "anti-Fascist protection barrier." The trumpeter hit with his own big band on a recording for the Philips label in 1957. Fisher is also featured on recordings with Muzak specialist Bert Kaempfert such as the 1982 Now and Forever on Polydor.