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NAK Trio: The Other Side Of If

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"Jazz made in Poland" has been considered a seal of quality since the 1960s. Well-known musicians as Zbigniew Namysklowski, Tomasz Stanko, Michal Urbaniak, Krzysztof Komeda, Zbigniew Seifert, Adam Makowicz, Jan Wróblewski, Urszula Dudziak, Leszek Zadlo and Vitold Rek shaped an unmistakable style that lifts the substance of American swing with the yearning of the Eastern European bloc countries for freedom and adventure to a high quality, exciting common denominator. Admittedly, the explosive, sparkling atmosphere of Polish catacomb and underground jazz belongs to past at the latest since the political upheavals in Europe at the end of the 1980s. Today, it is above all pianists who set the tone of the cultural image of the country. Marcin Wasilewski and Leszek Mozdzer are getting worldwide recognition with their diverse projects as creators of a new musical language. It is quite possible that three young Polish musicians will be mentioned in one breath with them in the future: Dominik Wania (piano), Jacek Kochan (drums) and Michal Kapczuk (bass) have joined forces under the cryptic slogan "NAK Trio" to create a community of interest exceptional in every way.

VÖ-Datum: June 2015

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Homepage: www.jacekkochan.com

Romero - Kestas Vaiginis: Strings And Air

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Playing music with only six nylon strings and a bit of air: What sounds like fragments of musical stopgaps at first impression once again becomes a masterpiece of minimalist virtuosity and unpretentious emotionalism in the hands of Grammy winner Hernán Romero. Following the celebrated "Tres Caras de una Moneda" with Hernán's mother Estela Raval and Al di Meola as well as Jerry Marottaof from Peter Gabriel's band, the guitarist of Spanish ancestry born in Argentina and currently living in New York presents an album together with the Lithuanian soprano saxophonist Kestas Vaiginis that is full of breathtaking facets, which creates a great effect precisely due to its airy, celebrated minimalism.

Release date: May.2015

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Homepage: www.hernanromeromusic.com

Einem.Art: Lamara

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On one hand, there is the great tradition of jazz, its compact academic virtuosity, the unmitigated, high demand, which sets this style apart and uplifts its listeners. On the other hand, there is the urgent desire of many young musicians to get the upper hand, find their place with their art in the present, absorb contemporary influences and fire the enthusiasm of a new generation for this supposedly outmoded genre. The trombonist Max von Einem succeeds in this balancing act between the past and the future as hardly any other musician in Germany today. "I can't stand all of this narrow-minded thinking," the 28 year old clearly stated his dislike of any type of purism. For the fair-haired musician born in Münster and currently living in Cologne, however, this means not only the dogmas of the notorious jazz police, but also such people who want to be hip at any price and put the classical values of jazz permanently in a trashy corner or smile condescendingly at it as old-fashioned. "Jazz has never been old-fashioned," von Einem stated in a passionate statement in favor of "his music". "Many great concepts are based on swing and wind instrument sections, and DJs sample the songs of great jazz legends. Jazz has something that can prove to be fruitful for every other style."

Release date: April 2015

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Tré: Edle Einfalt

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Growing up does not always have to be difficult, especially when someone like Bernhard Bamert is already 44 years "young" or Thomas Lüthi, an experienced 41, or only 32 as is Lukas Mantel. "In the past, we were more involved in apparatus engineering, i.e., we presented very complex pieces. In addition, everything was focused on humor. During our concerts, we wanted above all to play comic-like parts with a strong emphasis on groove. We sometimes just bombarded the audience's ears with our songs. Now we value sound and improvise more," trombonist Bamert described the changed orientation of Tré. This is thanks to the new drummer Mantel, but also to the acquired maturity of the founding members Bamert and Lüthi. Two men in their prime, of whom tenor saxophonist Lüthi also has to fulfill paternal duties and who want to be perceived as virtuoso music clowns instead of simply gaudy and rowdy lads with their fifth album in the meantime. "At some time, you simply get to the point when you are sick and tired of continually being ironic,” Bamert stated resolutely. "Actually, it is a question of the music. I take the fun of the whole thing very seriously in the meantime!"

Release date: April 2015

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Homepage: www.tremusic.ch

David Fettmann Trio: Ruby Project

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There are not many saxophonists who have such a unique sound and clear structures in their language of music at a relatively young age. David Fettmann is only 37, and the "Ruby Project" only his second album under his own name. Following his highly acclaimed debut CD "Prelude" released in 2011 (Double Moon Records DMCHR 71091), which put the Frenchman born in Strasbourg into collective consciousness as one of the most interesting European alto saxophonists of the current generation, Fettmann now—precisely in troubled times such as these—takes off on a quest. Subtly, unobtrusively but consistently as never before, the musician coming from a Jewish family acknowledges his cultural roots and consequently indirectly sets a sign for understanding among peoples and against discrimination based on religion.

Release date: April 2015

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Homepage: www.davidfettmann.com