Featuring largely original compositions rooted in the Hard Bop tradition, this album highlights a group of young musicians that show a great sense of musical maturity that defies their young age.
Any way you look at it, The Good Spirits – Part 2 is a great album and documents a band that is totally in sync with each other and characterized by intense musical interaction between the players.
Guido May is one of Germany’s top Jazz and Funk drummers with a list of credits that include the “creme de la creme” of the international jazz world. Perhaps best known for his long term collaboration with funk icon Pee Wee Ellis, Guido sees this album as a tribute to both Pee Wee and their 25 year long musical journey.
German based drummer Dirik Schilgen will release his latest album titled “Out Into New” on 9th of Sept. 2022 via Mons Records. This latest release is the forth album from Dirik as a band leader and follows his 2015 release “On The Move”.
With her extensive vocal range, sense of timing and stunning intonation, Franziska Loos has demonstrated on this recording that she is already a force to reckon with. The release of this album will hopefully make this clear to the rest of us.
Matthias Schwengler and Soulcrane have already established a unique sound in the world of jazz and this album takes this to the next level.
“Best Jazz Albums of 2022” (Jack Bowers, All About Jazz) – Tobias Hoffmann conducts an 18-piece aggregation that swells and sprawls with potent compositions favoring musical interchange and organic unity. Hoffmann promotes a solid group ethos throughout this tautly constructed program..
German vocalist Erik Leuthäuser has been described as a unicorn in the jazz scene. Based in Berlin, Erik has gained a strong reputation for his interpretations of repertoire from the Great American Songbook and in particular his series of Albums’ that focus in on the works of specific composers
With the Mingus Sessions, Denis Gäbel shows himself to be a musician at the top of his game as well as displaying the ability to put together a great cast of characters to tell this story of the music of Charles Mingus.
Joe Farrell, was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist who primarily performed as a saxophonist and flutist. He is best known for a series of albums under his own name on the CTI record label and for playing in the initial incarnation of Chick Corea’s Return to Forever.
Terry Gibbs is one of the most legendary musicians in the world. He has seen and done it all. He has played with some of the greatest musicians in jazz history such as: Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Mel Torme, Buddy DeFranco, Tiny Kahn and many more.
MTJQ is led by pianist Kenneth Berkel and Saxophonist Niko Zeidler along with Alex Will and Johannes Koch on bass and drums. The quartet’s repertoire is stylistically rooted firmly in the jazz tradition while at the same time looking forward.
„… the rapport and the energy of the unit makes it worth a visit.“
Filipe Freitas, JazzTrail
Terry Gibbs is one of the most legendary musicians in the world. He has seen and done it all. He has played with some of the greatest musicians in jazz history such as: Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Mel Torme, Buddy DeFranco, Tiny Kahn and many more. He also conducted tv shows for Steve Allen and Regis Philbin.
Our project is an attempt at finding a common ground for our different musical capabilities and means of expression, one of us being an improvisational saxophonist, and the other a classical pianist.
Extremely multifaceted and extraordinarily successful. These attributes fit hardly any singer better than Della Reeese. This jazz concert “one of a kind” is the only ever released “live” production of the singer Della Reese. Their accompanists were among the first guard of LA jazz musicians. As a listener you have the feeling of sitting in the middle of a jazz club.
Mia Brentano’s first two albums, with their diverse, stylistically very free compositions which defy all descriptions, hit the nerve of the times: in the USA, both made it onto the annual “want list” by the classical music magazine Fanfare, while the second also received a Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik
“A truly exceptional album, full of fascinating ideas!”
(jazz-fun, March 2022)
Upcoming Debutalbum from SAMEKA, German jazz-rock band which sets focus on complex rhythms, pulsating riffs and unison lines refined with oriental interjections.
A wise man once said that it doesn’t matter where jazz goes as long as it takes the tradition with it. One artist that understands this concept well is Swiss double bass player Dominik Schürmann.
Founded in 2019, the trio’s roots go back to the University of Music and Dance in Cologne where pianist and educator Frank Wunsch came together with two ex-students, vocalist Emese Mühl and guitarist and composer Christina Zurhausen.
The music tells stories inspired by personal experiences and contemporary events. The fusion of guitar and piano elegantly reflects the intimacy of the works: both instruments are so closely connected that sometimes they can’t be distinguished from one another.
“An exciting journey through contemporary jazz realms.”
(Jazzthetik Nov./Dec. 2021)
“It was impressive to see how easily and without much planning the Baschnagel Group recorded the new music in the studio.”
(Roman Hošek, Jodok Hess SRF2 KULTUR)
With I AM, Altfrid M. Sicking has fulfilled a long-cherished wish during the pandemic forced break: After decades as a sideman, permanent soloist in the Götz Alsmann Band and as a university lecturer in Münster and at the Folkwang in Essen, the vibraphonist and marimba specialist has rounded up a few favorite colleagues to record an album under his own name exclusively with original compositions.
Paintbox celebrate the release of their second album “Alto”. Jonas Windscheid is the composer and guitarist of the Jazz-Quintet. His atmo- spheric music enchants with dense textures and surprising twists.
Erik Leuthäuser, with the songs of the brilliant writer, Kent Carlson, and in his collaboration with the outstanding pianist, Wolfgang Köhler, has turned the page to a new, simultaneously relaxed and energizing chapter.
The European jazz scene boasts a number of world class professional Big Bands, all with their own rich history and tradition. The Zurich Jazz Orchestra, founded in 1995, undoubtedly belongs to this exclusive club.
There can hardly be a more fitting time for the album “SONGS OF FAITH – Glaubenslieder”, Bending Times’ presentation of arrangements and compositions based on chorales which, for centuries, have given solace and encouragement to countless people throughout every imaginable crisis. Lines like “He will find paths your feet can follow” or “who freely helps us in this time of need that has befallen us” have a special echo in these insecure times.
With there way of playing together and being focused on dynamics the three musicians create atmosphere and space. Sometimes you feel hugged by warm sounds, nearly weightless, and then you find yourself in the middle of a hurricane where you don’t know what is up or down and the feeling of speed roars in your ears.
#1 Apple Music “Jazz Szene: Deutschland“ –
The Beatles in a different way.
A consistently creative homage.
“Rüdiger Baldauf’s arrangements are great and the soloists well chosen”. (Jazz ’n’ More, Jan./Feb. 2021)