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Diego Pinera: Strange Ways

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A great young drummer, percussionist and composer is at the point of his breakthrough, even though this is his first CD sold nationally and internationally. Sometimes paths take unexpected turns: "Strange Ways". However, you need not be a prophet to foretell an important role as jazz drummer for Diego Pinera in the coming years—and not just in Germany by far. As the name lets you suspect, Pinera is originally from Latin America. But neither his compositions nor his playing can be labeled "Latin Jazz" correctly or even completely. On this CD, you can hear not only very varied rhythmic stylistics from swing to bop to Latin, but also elegant melodies that make listening as light as feather. The high degree of complexity, which distinguishes the pieces both rhythmically and harmonically, almost remains unnoticed. The band, which Pinera has gathered around him, is hand-picked and of optimum quality. They have been performing together for years and developed impressive interplay. Even excursions into free passages are perceived as joint projects and not as ego trips. An absolutely successful album and another highlight in the renowned series “Jazz thing Next Generation"!

Release date: September 2014

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Homepage: www.diegopinera.com

Albin Bruns Nah Quartett: Wegmarken

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Many would like to confirm at trend: the recalling of the roots of European folk music (not at all to be confused with commercialized folk music), i.e., in the region of the Alps. The term "new folk music" or even (in Switzerland) "Swissness" has been created. Musicians and bands from La Brass Banda, Unterbiberger Hofmusik and all the way to Matthias Schriefl in Germany, from Stubnblues to Donauwellenreiter in Austria, and Tré, Metal Kapelle and Apartig in Switzerland use traditional elements found in their homelands. At the same time, the term of one's home country is changing on the whole planet, in that style elements from other genres, from jazz to reggae and raga, are becoming interwoven with the traditional roots in a country's music. In fact, the "new folk music" has become increasingly conspicuous over the past years, but its beginnings already go back decades. You only need think of Hubert von Goisern or Werner Pirchner. Or even Albin Brun, who explored the intersection between his country's music and world music all the way to jazz in the 80s of the last century. He became known far outside the borders of Switzerland with his band "Interkantonale Blasabfuhr". Later, he founded "Albin Bruns NAH Trio" and released two CDs, and he expanded the trio to a quartet for this current third recording. He remains a musician who wants to express his love of his home country in his songs, but who does not regress into simplistic and biased nationalism. However, then he continues his meanderings around the world with history as baggage carried on his back: Songs such as "El Hama Café", "Canto di Levanto" and "Namib" let you suspect where the journey is headed. The fact that the rhythms are in no way limited, the melodies are not simplistic and strange harmonies can also be played at times make the music into an adventurous journey. This becomes especially clear in the song, in which Christian Zehnder (known from the movie "Echoes of Home" [Heimatklänge]) is a guest: overtone singing and yodeling enter into a dialog in the song "Winter".

Release date: September 2014

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Homepage: www.albinbrun.ch

Offshore: Rootville

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You can call that very rapid development: the quintet was formed in 2009 while they were still studying at Cologne Music College. After graduation in 2011 and several distinctions and prizes in competitions, their first recording "Côte de Cologne" (DMCHR 71117, Double Moon Records) was already issued in the established series for young, talented musician "Jazz thing Next Generation" in February 2013. Numerous tours followed, and then finally the recordings for "Rootville". Following almost 100 performances in clubs and at renowned festivals (Jazzwoche Burghausen and WDR 3 Jazzfest, among others) the ensemble has grown together into a tight-knit group, who understand the sophisticated but catchy compositions of Dierk Peters and Constantin Krahmer and bring them to life. The individual sound of the band is becoming increasingly distinct, which of course also is connected with the unusual combination of instruments (with piano and vibraphone). However, it is also connected with the roots of the musicians, which were made strong during their shared time of studies. In spite of that, the bridgehead succeeds to contemporary and above all personal, mature fashioning of their music. The ballads radiate an enormously relaxed attitude, which reaches an almost mythical dimension in "Ballade pas sans batterie". On the other hand, there are songs such as "Der Neurosenkavalier" and "Metropulse" with pulsating grooves, intricate harmonies and rhythm changes. Offshore has developed into a very respected band after five years, which is appealing to an increasingly larger audience.

Release date: September 2014

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Homepage: www.offshore-quintett.de

Hellmüller Sisera Renold: Roots

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An aphorism states: "Nothing grows without roots." For jazz musicians, this means not only knowledge of jazz history, but also intensive involvement with the "standards": pieces that were composed decades ago and have been learned and repeatedly performed by numerous musicians throughout the world. This has become a bit unfashionable in recent times (something that many people regret). Maybe this is because many believe that everything has already been said about these standards. The fact that this is false is proven by the CD of these three Swiss, who not only dwell in the roots, but also demonstrate what fantastic, unexpected and unique effects can be produced from them: of course, with the prerequisites of individualism, maturity, intelligent playing and the will to shape things. Wolf Kampmann describes this fittingly in his liner notes: "The standards of the trio are not the umpteenth imitation of the same themes, which we have heard in jazz history through the ages, but instead the anchoring of a boat that returns to a harbor from the open seas. To pass the time there? To the contrary, the connection of collective consciousness culminates here in the connection of an individual viewpoint. A standard album that does not follow standards, but instead sets standards." In brief: Back to the roots – and fun doing it!

Release date: June 2014

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Homepage: www.hsr-trio.com

Joscha Arnold Quintet: Twist

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You should not use the word "exceptional musicians" carelessly, especially not for young jazz musicians who are presenting their first CD recorded together. However, you almost want to use the words when you listen to this CD. Not only because Jorge Rossy, who was the drummer in the now already legendary trio of Brad Mehldau from 1995 to 2005, wrote about Joscha Arnold in the booklet: "Welcome to Joscha Arnolds World… These textures, grooves, melodies, and harmony ring close to my heart in many ways." But also because he is so right. Relaxed, flowing melodies meander around exciting harmony sequences. You involuntarily think of the term "sustainability," which is not often used in music. The compositions radiate a high degree of recognition without immediately being worn out. At the same time, the harmonies provide the soloists with a solid basis for their excursions. How they are used – without putting on airs or the need to show off – leads you to suspect what a promising future the quintet has.

Release date: June 2014

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Homepage: www.joscha-arnold.de