Bill Sheehan, John Novello and Dennis Chambers took eight years time for their new album, but the wait was worth it. As All About Jazz once wrote (about the album "Organik"): "...for those who like it in-your-face, unrepentant, and hyper-kinetic, Niacin is just the ticket." That's just the way it is.
The young pianist Kai Schumacher has now thrown himself into a fantastic adventure; he transcribed the mega hits of the secret heroes of his youth – Rage Against the Machine, Slayer, Megadeth, Nirvana, The Prodigy, among others – and composed variations on them.
When Markus Stockhausen composes, he creates a multi-dimensional cosmos from sounds. He succeeds in doing that even with compositions for small ensembles. However, when he does this for a large orchestra as here, then he has an almost inexhaustible range at his disposal.
It took seven long years, now a milestone of the Ethno-Jazz-Crossover has been rereleased again. "Heavy Cairo Traffic": a fascinating reverence to the Egyptian folk music. And at the same time a reflection by the trio Koch-Schütz-Studer of musical and non musical impressions of Cairo.
Riessler describes his approach to music as follows: "I could never sit down and just compose a piece. To find a language for composition at all, I need a completely different, arcane grammar. I want to hear the unknown, grab something out of the air and put it together while continually surprising myself at the result." He has succeeded with the album "Big Circle", not only to surprise himself, but always to provide a pleasant surprise for us.
"The music on this disc is pure and consequently a pleasure: not one note too many and not one too few. You can let your thoughts drift into a dream with a few pieces, while others let you feel their inescapable power and even get your pulse racing." (Vincent Klink, starred chef and author of the liner notes)
The term legend is used exceedingly in our prosaic times. But it is appropriate in every respect when we talk about the South African jazz pianist Abdullah Ibrahim. Then this giant of a man, who has not lost anything of his eagle-like sharpness despite being in the middle of his 70s, not only tells stories with his music, he also embodies living history. Abdullah Ibrahim emanates an aura of impregnable eternity.
Ekaya 2010 is more economical and minimalist than previous recordings of the band. The fight is finished; now it is a question of preserving memories and making something new out of them. The exuberant poetry of the songs has remained, but they have been set in a new historical context.