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Tobias Meinhart Quartet: In Between

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There are times in life when your direction is set anew. Tobias Meinhart dedicates his new album to such times. "In Between" stands for a leap into the unknown, life between continents and the search for his own voice in music. Following his much-praised debut in the "Next Generation" series (Pursuit of Happiness, 2011, Doublemoon), "In Between" is the logical successor three years later (Doublemoon, 2014). This CD provides an unusual range of sounds, above all thanks to the participation of various singers.

New York influences the music substantially this time. In 2012, the musician from Regensburg settled again in the city, in which apparently 30,000 saxophonists live. "The variety of music here is an unbelievable inspiration," the musician stated, who certainly could have looked forward to a risk-free career in Europe. In Germany, he was called "one of the greatest talents on the tenor saxophone" (JazzThing, 2013), and the 30-year-old won the renowned "Best Soloist" award at the International Jazz Festival in Getxo (Spain) in 2012.

Release date: May 2014

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Homepage: www.tobiasmeinhart.com

Hans Lüdemann Trio Ivoire: Timbuktu

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Timbuktu: the CD title and the name of the capital of Mali has two meanings for the participating musicians and for many people on Earth. On one hand, the city stands for the rich heritage of Africa on many cultural levels, including music, and on the other hand for violence and chaos. The musicians were confronted with sad reports from Timbuktu at the time of recording the CD. During rehearsals, Aly Keita took up a figure that conveys the feeling of the music from the north of Mali. A piece developed from there in a playful and improvising way, which was then named "Timbuktu" as was the complete CD later. Trio Ivoire has succeeded impressively from their beginnings in 1999 until today to interweave the music culture of West Africa with "Western" music, above all jazz, without sacrificing anything in one or the other or even compromising one of the two. A new "Third Stream" is almost created from African rhythmic and melodic elements and the style of jazz. The result does not seem forced or an attempt at cheap sensationalism at any point.

Release date: May 2014

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Homepage: www.trioivoire.com

Rebecca Trescher Fluxtet: Nucleus

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It starts softly, feeling its way with a few strange guitar sounds, which are then accompanied by deep sounds from the bass clarinet. Little by little, alto saxophone, bass and drums join in; the carousel called Fluxtet takes off. It moves through different levels, touches on swinging elegance as well as free-toned modern music. The focus is always a band sound that shines thanks to clever arrangements, but also due to intensive FX operation of the guitarist. The lines in the register of the similar wind instruments alto sax and clarinet are a trademark of Fluxtet, even if the bass clarinet provides a distinctive touch at times with a deeper tone. This young band distinguishes itself from others not just thanks to the rare combination of instruments (with clarinet and guitar, but without piano), but also thanks to its rhythmically and melodically thrilling compositions. In a search for stylish entertainment, you can find what you are looking for here far from customary clichés. Peter Fulda makes this clear in his liner notes: "Rebecca Trescher's restraint is spectacular. In the music business of brief attention spans, she dares to do without brash 'convincing music' and trusts in the magnetic attraction of a good story, stable groundwork and a significant idea."

Release date: April 2014

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Homepage: www.rebeccatrescher.com

Anne Czichowsky Quintet: The Truth And The Abstract Blues

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Jazz singing (and not only singing) has changed considerably over the past decades. This proves the ability of jazz to integrate new trends, styles and techniques and combine them into something new as only few other genres can. At times, the reference to the roots is also lost or even ignored. However, artists appear on the scene time and again, who do the one without leaving out the other. The Anne Czichowsky Quintet is one of the contemporary masters of this discipline in Germany (and beyond). It celebrates the relaxed but driving sound, which is so particular to swing jazz. But then it already switches to an uptempo bebop only to meet again in a ballad, which deeply moves the listener: with a radiating voice, but also at times with a guitar solo that could fit perfectly in a rock song. Anne Czichowsky composes lyrics for instrumental pieces and solos again and again, as she already did on her previous album (released by Neuklang), among others, "Idle Moments" (Duke Pearson) and "Blues and the Abstract Blues" (Oliver Nelson). She scat sings with her variable and very accurate voice, which you almost would want to call an "instrumental". A simply beautiful and entertaining CD has resulted, a joy for aficionados of acoustic, modern jazz.

Release date: March 2014

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Homepage: www.annesingsjazz.jimdo.com

Andreas Kurz Quartet: Caught Into Something Turning

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Marty Cook, the great trombonist, didn't miss the opportunity to write the liner notes for Andreas Kurz's first CD under his own name. He comes to the conclusion that Andreas did "what great musicians have always done: he absorbed, transformed and expanded the wealth of traditions into something personal, something new." This is reflected not only in his sensitive but demanding playing on his instrument, but also in his compositions, as you can now hear. They are distinguished by the successful mirroring of human feelings in melodies, which are often very catchy but never banal. Instead, they are well thought-out with a refined structure and an almost philosophical depth. A type of narrative unfolds in the ballads, through which the complete band moves. However, the maturity of the former newcomer and shooting star of the Munich jazz scene cannot be overheard in the fast pieces either. Even complex rhythmic displacements or unusual metrics sound completely effortless. The three co-musicians of Andreas Kurz are also responsible for this. All four have known each other for years and have performed on stage innumerable times, which results in blind understanding. Not to be forgotten: each musician is a member of the elite in German jazz in his own right.

Release date: March 2014

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