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Arild Andersen: The Rose Window - European Jazz Legends Vol. 6

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„It’s about sound – and that’s in your mind, as well as in your fingers“, said Arild Andersen during the interview for his „European Jazz Legends“ article for the magazine Jazz thing in March 2016 in his house in Oslo, Norway. „For me it has always been about the sound of the instrument, very consciously, as I think sound is what you recognize first and foremost, whether in a saxophone player or a bassist.“ Andersen’s rich and singing upright bass, often and early on enriched and extended electronically via a „Electro Harmonix Delay“, can be heard on over a hundred recordings from „world to pop“, as his website claims. Among the many legendary albums the now 70 year-old can be heard on quite a lot of recordings for the ECM label, many of them with his own bands with musicians like Kenny Wheeler, Paul Motian, Bill Frisell, John Taylor, Alphonse Mouzon, Ralph Towner, Nana Vasconcelos, Marcin Wasilewski, or Markus Stockhausen. And then there are his ground-breaking recordings with fellow Norwegian Jan Garbarek, of course, as well as with his own group „Masqualero“, which also featured Jon Christensen, Jon Balke, Tore Brunborg, and Nils-Petter Molvaer. For his extremely well received „European Jazz Legends“ concert in Gütersloh, which is presented in the live-recordings on this CD, Andersen brought his trio with Helge Lien on piano and drummer Gard Nielssen. „They are both very talented and young, but I always wanted to have young musicians in my band. Nils-Petter (Molvaer) and Tore Brunborg were in their early twenties when they started in „Masqualero“. And Jan Garbarek was only twenty-three when we recorded „Afric Pepperbird", and I still twenty-four. It all comes from somewhere. The only thing that counts is that you put it together in a new way, so it will hopefully become something original.“

Release date: June 2016

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Anne Hartkamp: Songs & Dances

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Anne Hartkamp has already presented lots of exciting projects, and extraordinary albums have been created under her name! With Gunter Hampel and Smudo, for example (“Next Generation”). Or in the a capella quartet "Harem 4" (both in 1997). Of course, we also have to mention "Glücklich" (2005), her foray into her German mother tongue. Under the pseudonym of Magnolia, there are two recordings with guitarist Philipp van Endert: "Humpty's Amazing Boogie Pencil" (2007) and "Wait A Second" (2012). She has worked with Michael Wollny, Nils Wogram, Lajos Dudas, Marion Brown, Axel Dörner, Perry Robinson as well as the WDR Big Band. And then there is the quintet with pianist Thomas Rückert, saxophonist Claudius Valk, bassist André Nendza and drummer Oliver Rehmann, with whom "Momentum" (2010) was recorded. However, Anne Hartkamp has never sounded so forceful and changeable or highlighted her vocal qualities so well as on her current album "Songs & Dances".

Release date: May 2016

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Homepage: www.annehartkamp.de

Der Weise Panda: MAM

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Wise, mind you. Not white. With that, it would be one of those many clichés again, regardless of whether it would concern this mysterious, cute animal or even this mysterious, cute jazz. Joe Blow and ordinary consumers would not really know what they should do with it. However, it could be so easy. Like jazz, the panda only opens itself via the key of emotions. The band around singer Maika Küster, pianist Simon Seeberger, bassist Yannik Tiemann and drummer Jo Beyer can best be understood if you throw all intellectual ballast overboard and let yourself be completely guided by your instincts. Which does not automatically mean that you have to become mindless. To the contrary: The music of the "wise panda" makes demands and touches you, it develops an idiosyncratic dynamic that you first have to understand and accept to be drawn into its powerful vortex. Another highlight in the dazzling Jazz thing Next Generation series.

Release date: May 2016

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Homepage: derweisepanda.de

Sabine Kühlich & Laia Genc: In Your Own Seet Way - A tribute To Great Dave Brubeck

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Dave Brubeck struck out on his own path. Consequently, it was a rough road. The icon, who passed way in 2012, loved crooked rhythms on the black and white keys, which are not necessarily to everyone's taste. They were mostly in 5/4 time as in the famous "Take Five", which achieved the status of a "jazz hit" long ago. However, there were still more exotic time signatures such as 9/8 in "Blue Rondo A La Turk" or 7/4 in "Unsquare Dance", not to mention beguiling idiosyncratic jazz waltzes such as "In Her Own Sweet Way" or "Emily", in which it does not makes sense to count.

The fact that the vocalist and saxophonist Sabine Kühlich from Aachen and the pianist Laia Genç from Cologne now dare to present a bunch of top-class songs of the maestro to the public on their CD "In Your Own Sweet Way" is due perhaps to the exceedingly charming challenge to let the seemingly complicated sound easy, simple and comprehensible.

The keyboard great, who passed away at the end of 2012, represents something like an aesthetic lighthouse for the two women. "Dave Brubeck was one of my first and most formative influences," Sabine Kühlich recalled. "His charming and humorous way to mix musical traditions and take up interesting time signatures fascinated me as a teenager and still inspires me today. The fascination between 'simple' and 'unexpected' also characterizes my composing, and Dave Brubeck is not entirely innocent in this respect. “Laia Genç Brubeck approached Brubeck gradually via "In Your Own Sweet Way" or "Blue Rondo A La Turk”. Genç: "I remember that it completely knocked my socks off. And I thought to myself that if I would be a great goal to play it once in a beautiful version! Additionally, there were more and more great pieces that attracted me musically on one hand and also do justice to the works of Brubeck's on the other hand."

Release date: April 2016

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Homepage: www.sabinekuehlich.com

Birgitta Flick Quartet: Dalarna

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She is German, number 48 in the phalanx of "Jazz thing Next Generation", a Hall of Fame of outstanding young musicians who have given jazz a new face and a new sound in their homeland. Nevertheless, Birgitta Flick seems more Swedish than many other musicians from the land of the moose. The culprit is an Erasmus semester, which the tenor saxophonist (who was born in Neubrandenburg and lives in Berlin) spent in Stockholm and which fundamentally changed here. "I met many musicians, played a lot, started to learn Swedish and became interested in the culture and the people. There are a lot of jazz musicians who deal with the folk music, and most of them have a background in folk music. This is very different in Germany; you do not deal with traditional music if you are a jazz musician."

The much acclaimed debut album "Yingying" (DMCHR 71121) of 2013 by the Birgitta Flick Quartet sounded accordingly. Now a more intense immersion in the sound worlds of Sweden is being released with the successor "Dalarna”, an absorption of the omnipresent serenity and tranquility there as well as an acoustic coloring of the vast landscapes and the countless lyrical sanctuaries. In eleven songs, Brigitta Flick composed an unusual, archaic, emotional suite, influenced by traditional folk songs, hymnals and traditional hymns for her quartet and her three guest musicians (vocalist Lina Nyberg, alto saxophonist/flutist Nico Lohmann and bass clarinetist Silke Eberhard). The center of inspiration is in Dalarna, which Hans Christian Andersen described in his travelogue of 1851 as follows: "Painters and poets, take each other by the hand and come up to Dalarna. The poor country is rich in beauty and poetry, but richest at Lake Siljan."

Release date: April 2016

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Homepage: www.birgittaflickquartett.de