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Axel Schlosser & hr-Bigband: Into the Mackerel Sky

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Composing arrangements for jazz big bands is a big challenge and is a kind of "test of maturity" for many musicians. A work of art is only created if a self-enclosed and convincing sound is created and the force of a large ensemble is asserted and its individual instruments are repeatedly put in focus.

This has now succeeded in a very special way with "Axel Schlosser & hr-Bigband – Into The Mackerel Sky". Not only outstanding arrangements contribute to it, but also the fact that the arranger has been a trumpet player in the big band at the same time for more than a decade. Consequently, he knows "his" musicians and he knows that they know how to implement his technical guidelines and moods perfectly. When it mainly concerns own compositions—only three songs are not by Axel Schlosser—the result is also characterized by a high degree of individualism. He even creates a song as polished as a diamond using a traditional folk song ("Schwäbische Eisenbahn" – one of Schlosser's favorite songs) with electronic aids here: a feast for the ears! Audiences in in Oberkochen and Frankfurt were able to enjoy this treat. Fortunately, both concerts were record in outstanding quality, so that we can only concur with the opinion of Emil Mangelsdorff, who wrote in the liner notes: "I had the honor of seeing how the audience left the hall with smiling faces after the encores."

Release date: February 2015

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Homepage: www.axelschlosser.de

PC Energetic: Illusion

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There is a great mixture of influences, which you can discover on the debut CD of the young guitarist Philip Czarnecki. Of course, jazz history is there with all the influential figureheads from Wes Montgomery to John Coltrane. The phrasing in the solos refers to these roots time and again. In addition, Czarnecki has obviously listened intensively to contemporary jazz guitarists such as Pat Metheny and John Scofield. There is also a love of driving grooves, rock attitude and melody. Although many already did that before him, he adds a "certain extra something": an extensive creative will, which already lets you detect a high degree of individualism. It is not without reason that the band is limited to a small trio with e-bass and drums. Nothing limits the desire to experiment with music in this small circle and without harmony instruments. "Music is the fuel that flows directly into your blood and nervous system; that's why I exist and why I am a musician," Czarnecki emphasized. He and his co-players understand how to bundle their enormous technical skills in such a way that a sound is created in the end, which captivates you and entices you to set the silver disc to "Repeat".

Release date: February 2015

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Homepage: www.philipczarnecki.com/

Meeco: Souvenirs Of Love

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Among jazz musicians, the pianist, composer and producer Meeco alias Michael Maier has been an internationally respected big name for quite some time. On the other hand, he has largely remained unknown to a wide public. This should change very quickly. His fourth album "Souvenirs Of Love" combines irresistible refrains with complex improvisations and is his most personal work at the same time. This "collection of love songs that tell my life" will certainly fire the enthusiasm not only of jazz fans. From intimate jazz ballads to R’n’B, modern soul and hip-hop influences, the very varied range of moods on "Souvenirs Of Love" makes this a thrilling CD from the first song to the last.

Release date: January 2015

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Homepage: www.meecomusic.com

Michel Reis Quartet: Capturing This Moment

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Exactly two years after the debut of the Michel Reis Quartet at Double Moon Records ("Hidden Meaning", DMCHR 71115), their next album is being released. It again follows a central theme, which is pivotal for Michel Reis; compositions with romantic, almost melancholic melodies permeate the album, which has been created as a "total art work". Tailored to these and no other instruments or musicians, each piece is interpreted as a story in itself and for the recording as a whole. You can hardly ignore that the composition is the starting point and center as the focal point for all involved. Only then do the things that distinguish jazz and make it unique come into play: spontaneous, rich in ideas and even "transient" improvisation based on the given harmonies. Reis compares that with the work of a photographer; the later plans his shots with set objects at a certain place. However, a good photographer will take snapshots of situations spontaneously that are not planned, which he encounters on the way. Consequently, "Capturing This Moment" is a very appropriate title for this album. Michel Reis has again succeeded in creating an extremely convincing album with top-rate band members who interact fantastically.

Release date: January 2015

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Homepage: www.michelreis.com

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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