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Silent Jazz Ensemble: Nightwalker

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The "Silent Jazz Ensemble" under the direction of Helmut Engel-Musehold was considered one of the most successful German jazz bands and achieved international renown for more than a decade. Three albums were released between 1989 and 1996, which all became best-sellers. Tours in Germany and Europe followed as well as numerous performances on radio and TV.

Now the "Silent Jazz Ensemble" is making a comeback as a trio with new group members! Helmut Engel-Musehold has found two congenial partners in the Italian bassist Roberto Badoglio and the US American drummer Ray Kaczynski, who pick up seamlessly on the tradition of the "Silent Jazz Ensemble" and make this trio into something special thanks to their interactions.

Release date: November 2014

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Karl Latham - Ryan Carniaux - Mark Egan: Constellation

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The Icelandic singer Björk has created her own universe with her music and performances, which has no precedence and has not found an adequate imitator until now either. A woman who made music from a very early age and has not neglected to try almost everything with respect to style. However, she always went to the limits of reasonableness by mixing sounds and genres long enough until she felt comfortable in her own world of sound. In doing this, she took things from all places where she saw chances and possibilities for her own statements. Without consideration for the rules of pop business, she violated all conventions, angered fans with her about-faces and found new ones. Björk has not only divided music aficionados into Björk opponents and Björk fans, but also her fans into "part-time" fans, who loved one album and ignored the next at best. But all agree on one thing: she is one of the most creative musicians of the last decade.

The fact that jazz musicians time and again play cover versions of Björk songs is understandable against this background. Jason Moran, Greg Osby, Dave Douglas, Gretchen Parlato, The Bad Plus, Jeff Tain Watts and many others have reworked Björk songs. In addition, Björk repeatedly engaged jazz musicians for her music, e.g., Oliver Lake, Zeena Parkins and Mike Patton. Karl Latham has been a Björk fan for many years, and a CD was already released by Resonance Records in 2007, on which a he played a cover version of the Björk song Pagan Poetry. Björk's album "Volta" was released the same year, and triggered an urgent desire in Karl Latham not just to cover the songs, but also to create a few compositions as–so to say–"commentary". However, also as interpretation of Björk's complete musical cosmos. The CD ran for a long time as if in an "endless loop" until Latham had the feeling to be getting near to the core. Only then did he share his thoughts and plans, first with his long-time companion and friend, the bassist Mark Egan. He was immediately filled with enthusiasm, and together they considered who else could fit into the concept. They found the right partner during a recording session: the young and up-and-coming trumpet player Ryan Carniaux. It was soon also clear that keyboarder Nick Rolfe, whom Karl and Mark knew from many joint performances, should be on board.

Release date: November 2014

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Homepage: www.desiredconstellations.net

Axel Kühn Trio: Open-Minded

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"There is something different about and in this music." This is how the renowned music journalist Volker Doberstein starts his liner notes in the booklet of the new CD of the Axel Kühn Trio. That's true; it already becomes clear with the first sounds that the trio has sought and found its own path. They have not come together to record a jazz album and demonstrate how good they can do that. Instead, the band leader and bassist Kühn first composed 10 songs, which develop a suction effect and take the listener on a journey through various harmonic landscapes, evocative sounds and emotionally charged dream-like scenes. An introduction here reminds you of a classical piece ("Desert Sand"), there you think that you are listening to a popular rock song ("Open-Minded") and the opener "Digital World" could also be a homage to metal music, even if the bass solo starts with a brief quote from "Summertime". The only third-party composition is then perhaps not by chance a hit by Guns'n'Roses: "Don´t Cry". That all initially sounds like eclecticism, but it is anything but that. All pieces are unified by the distinct will of the composer to structure melodies, so that the album seems to have been composed from one piece. You listen with pleasure during the complete 60 minutes without even wasting a thought on using the skip key. This is also because the three musicians put their almost unlimited technical skills at the service of music unpretentiously and inconspicuously. Music that you can also simply and succinctly call "just beautiful".

Release date: November 2014

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Homepage: www.axelkuehntrio.com

Raphael Walsers Gangart: Wolfgang

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What a cleverly chosen band name: GangArt. It brings various associations to mind. The dictionary of the German language Duden defines GangArt as the various movement types of horses from walk, trot and canter to gallop. The compositions are arranged in precisely this way: at times slowly progressing and then proceeding at a whirlwind pace forward. However, there is also the difference between crosswise walk and ambling (e.g., in which camels and elephants move). The association also fits there: the musicians arrive at their destination with very different meters, extremely refined and running counter to each other. Finally, "gang" in English can signify a group of workers, a team or even a criminal gang. Refined sound tapestries are created combined artistically, which live from soloist elegance as much as from closely intertwined artistic interplay. Five young musicians from Switzerland, which is anyway known for its excellent jazz schools, joined together under the tutelage of bassist Raphael Walser not only to go to the limits of jazz, but also to explore unknown territory beyond. Venturesome, full of curiosity and with joy in experimenting that cannot be overheard: is this youthful arrogance? If it sounds like that, then we would all like to stay young.

Release date: November 2014

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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