JAZZ & ART

Lalama / Kagerer / McKee / Reiter: "NEW YORK MEETING"

ALR 1061 | LC 08129
Recorded on April 22nd, 2013 at "Brorby‘s Acoustic Recording Studio", Brooklyn/NY, by Michael Brorby. Mixed in September/October 2013, at "Studio.54", Spielfeld-Straß, by Wolfgang Vrecar. 

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Lalama / Kagerer / McKee / Reiter: "NEW YORK MEETING"

ALR 1061 | I first met Helmut Kagerer in May 2009 when I was living in Munich. Of course I knew about Helmut before, he is one of Europe’s outstanding jazz players and has worked with stars such as Clark Terry, Benny Bailey, Arthur Blythe,...

ARTISTS:
Helmut Kagerer - guitars
Ralph Lalama - saxes
Andy McKee - bass
Bernd Reiter - drums

I first met Helmut Kagerer in May 2009 when I was living in Munich. Of course I knew about Helmut before, he is one of Europe’s outstanding jazz players and has worked with stars such as Clark Terry, Benny Bailey, Arthur Blythe, Red Holloway, Dusko Goykovich, Roman Schwaller, Jimmy Cobb, Houston Person, Sheila Jordan and many more. Finally I had the chance to play with him and we immediately got a great musical and personal connection. Right away we decided to start a quartet project together and agreed on inviting Ralph Lalama, who we both knew from several concerts and recordings, to join us as the featured tenor saxophonist. Ralph is a solid fixture of the New York jazz scene since decades and respected world-wide, he embodies the best of the jazz sound ideal - great time, great swing, expressed through great melodic ideas, he is a first-class jazz soloist. On top he is equally a solid veteran of jazz ensembles and orchestras, he has worked with Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, and the Mel Lewis Orchestra - now the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Further he is a three-time Grammy winner through his work in the Joe Lovano Nonet and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.

In 2011 we did the first very successful European tour with the quartet, in return Ralph invited Helmut and me to New York. In April 2013 we travelled to NYC for two wonderful concerts at the renown jazz club “Smalls” and did this recording session. We were joined by the great bassist Andy McKee who I first met as a student on a workshop in Italy in 2001. Later on I also had the pleasure to be on some tours with him and this was indeed a special honour as Andy worked in the past for many years with “Philly” Joe Jones and Elvin Jones, my big drum heroes!
On our recording “New York Meeting” the quartet delivers swinging, energetic “Jazz at its Best”! It was truly a big pleasure and honour for me, thank you Ralph, Helmut and Andy for this wonderfull experience!

Bernd Reiter, July 2017

Anna Lauvergnac & Claus Raible: "FREE FALL"

ALR 1060 | LC 08129
Arranged by Claus Raible. Recording mix and mastering: Fulvio Zafret at Urban Recording Studio Trieste, Italy 2016. Distributed by Sounddesign Austria, Peter Guschelbauer.

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Anna Lauvergnac & Claus Raible: "FREE FALL"

ALR 1060 | The music you hear on this album is the result of an incredibly courageous recording session. Italian singer Anna Lauvergnac and her musical soul mate, German pianist Claus Raible, entered the studio with a well-rehearsed program.

ARTISTS:
Anna Lauvergnac
- vocals
Claus Raible
- piano

The music you hear on this album is the result of an incredibly courageous recording session.

Italian singer Anna Lauvergnac and her musical soul mate, German pianist Claus Raible, entered the studio with a well-rehearsed program, ready to start the complex metamorphosis that transforms music from an intangible vision to physical reality.

For her new release Anna has chosen the most intimate and demanding of any musical line up: the duo. The dim lighting in the studio created a candle-light setting that enhanced the closeness of “being just two”.

When the recording engineer asked them to play something to set the sound levels, after a moment of silent contemplation Anna suggested “How about Angel Eyes”? The song was not on their pre-arranged recording set list, just a beautiful composition they both know and love. “OK, let’s try it in E-flat.” replied Claus.

After the last note faded out, the sound engineer asked “Would you please come to the control room and listen? There’s something happening here…”

The whole song had been recorded and it possessed the magic that only a first take can have: a combination of intensity, spontaneity, honesty and intuition.

The two musicians decided to abandon most of the planned material and embark on an extraordinary adventure: a recording built on instinctive interpretation and real time
arrangements.
It was a challenge that required not only profound music mastery but extraordinary sensitivity, two elements that allowed Claus Raible to envision and create some astounding on the spot
arrangements.

Anna’s interpretation of each song is instinctive and passionate and her dark and rich sound blends perfectly with the pianist’s harmony and rhythm.
Breaking out of the common pattern of accompanying a soloist, Claus’s playing sounds like an orchestral work enhancing and surrounding Anna’s melody lines.
There is such a strong emotional connection between the two that you can feel and hear this bond in every breath, every word, every chord and every note.

The distinctive trait of this duo and this beautiful album is grounded in the awareness of the jazz idiom and the freshness of authenticity and individuality. Indeed this recording required  -and reflects- “passion, intuition, freedom, faith and some madness”.

 

Claus Raible

German born Claus Raible got fascinated by Jazz as early as in his primary school days through listening to radio programs, in particular by the Voice Of America Jazz Hour hosted by legendary DJ Willis Conover. At the age of eleven he began studying trumpet, and three years later the piano became his second and eventually main instrument. By age sixteen, while still at high school, Claus had his first professional performing appearances, both as a sideman as well as a leader.

Still in his early twenties he had the chance and honor to be performing with such stellar musicians as Art Farmer, Andy Bey, Mark Murphy to name a few.

After graduating the Graz Music University with honor in 1992, Claus moved to New York City where he formed the Claus Raible Sextet which featured Brad Leali, Mike Karn, Shawn McGloin.

As a sideman he soon started appearing in many of the city jazz clubs with musicians such as Ben Dixon, Manny Duran, Jimmy Lovelace, Jon Faddis, and many others.

It was in New York that he met, and later took master classes from pianist Dr. Barry Harris who has been a great influence on his writing and arranging.

In 1998 Claus returned to Munich, Germany, and began splitting his time between the USA and Europe, touring extensively with his own projects as well as a sideman. Some of the greats that Claus has been
working with include: Jimmy Cobb, Keith Copeland, Charles Davis, Dennis Ervin, Herb Geller, Benny Golson, Alvin Queen, Ed Thigpen, etc.

Claus has done numerous works on commission for small groups as well as for orchestra. He has made featured arrangements and compositions for The Brad Leali Jazz Orchestra (N.Y., USA), Gospel Meets
Jazz (Dallas, TX, USA, San Antonio, TX, USA), The Al Porcino Big Band (Munich, GER), Works for orchestra and choir for the Black History Month celebration (Denton, TX, USA), just to mention a few.

He is among those piano maestros who feel especially indebted to the musical heritage of bebop pioneers Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk. Directness can well be Raible’s secret as musical interpreter.
He never comes across as a musician who scoops things up second hand, slavishly copying and than regurgitating it back: rather, he lives what he plays.

His music has nothing to do with nostalgia – it is about identity and integrity- and it is vital, gripping, moving.

“Claus Raible plays with a style that embodies vitality and authority, which is real, captivating and fresh, ....” Hans-Jürgen Schaal, Jazz Critic

“Wherever he performs, the band members, other musicians in the audience, and last but not least the audience itself are amazed by his confidence in style, his fantasy of improvisation, and
the stupendous virtuosity of his performance” - Claus Regnault, Süddeutsche Zeitung

Unter den vielen hervorragenden Jazzpianisten Europas nimmt Claus Raible eine Sonderstellung ein, weil er - wie kaum ein Zweiter, aus der ihm bestens vertrauter Tradition, heraus agiert. Also den Jazz der Blütezeit einerseits bestens bewahrt und ihn andererseits ins hier und jetzt transportiert, mit einem sehr persönlichen Touch. Jede einzelne Note von ihm ist purer Genuss, unverfälscht rauh und poetisch! Ganz im Sinne von “it don’t mean a thing, if it ain’t got that swing”. Magie statt Zeitgeist! - mathias rüegg

 

Anna Lauvergnac

Anna was born in Trieste, Italy, where short after starting singing jazz she started performing with some of the best jazz musicians of the North Italian jazz scene (Franco Vallisneri, Francesco Bearzatti, Renato Chicco, Glauco Venier, Bruno Cesselli and Paolo Conte’s guitarist Andrea Allione).

She started studying Jazz Singing in 1989 at the Berklee College Summer Clinics in Perugia - Italy, where she was offered a scholarship and received a special Artistic Mention. The same year she enrolled at the Art University for Music and Performing Arts of Graz - Austria, where she studied for four years with Jazz Greats Jay Clayton, Mark Murphy, Andy Bey and Sheila Jordan. In the same years she attended masterclasses with Reggie Workman in Croatia and with Barry Harris in New York during numerous stays in the States.

In 1994 she moved to Vienna where she soon was invited by star arranger-composer mathias rüegg to perform on different special events with Europe leading Big Band, the Vienna Art Orchestra. She started as well a serial of recordings for the ORF, the Austrian Radio, presenting each year a different project and performed with most of the great musicians of the Austrian Jazz scene (Upper Austria Jazz Orchestra, Wolfgang Puschnig, Bumi Fian, Oliver Kent, Hank Gradischnig, Karl Sayer, Christian Havel, Erwin Schmidt to name a few). She wrote songs and music for seven movies of Austrian director Xaver Schwarzenberger and she was featured on various radio shows and cultural events such as the opening to the Wiener Festwochen.

In 1999 she was again in New York starting to record her first solo album «Anna Lauvergnac» (which featured some of America and Europe top jazz musicians: Andy Bey, Pete Bernstein, John Di Martino, Boris Kozlov, Claus Raible, Fritz Pauer, Wolfgang Puschnig, Alegre Correa, Johannes Enders, Andy Scherrer) for the Swiss label TCB. When she returned to Europe mathias rüegg offered her to become the new singer of the Vienna Art Orchestra. In the following decade she appeared on hundreds of concerts with the band, performing at all the major European Jazz Festival as well as in China, Cuba, Canada and Russia. She recorded 12 CDs with the VAO, mostly for Universal Music.

On the side of her work with the orchestra she kept touring Europe with different groups collaborating with amazing artists such as Bojan Z, Alegre Corea, Fritz Pauer to name a few, and recorded the albums «You must believe in Spring» with the Till Martin quartet and «Come Closer» with the Julia Huelsmann trio.

In 2010 she formed her Pan-European quartet featuring Claus Raible, Giorgos Antoniou and Steve Brown. Since then the band performed in clubs and festivals in Europe and recorded two CDs, both nominated for the German Critic Prize. The second one won the award in 2014.

Her voice is a velvety and smoky rich alto, her singing is direct, emotional and passionate. Her unique sense of phrasing and the unaffectedness of her interpretation reveal a profound music personality that while being deeply rooted in the Jazz idiom maintains a strong personal approach and marked individuality.

“Praised by Sheila Jordan, Lauvergnac shares that veteran jazz artist’s willingness to risk unusual musical efforts” - Don Hackman, The Los Angeles Times

“She’s all the expression you need and want from a beautiful singer“ - Mark Murphy, Jazz legend

“Anna Lauvergnac sings, simply, as one should sing. Not only she sings perfectly in tune, but her voice is full of pathos, energy, poetry and emotion.” - Paolo Fresu, jazz trumpet player

Stefano Battaglia Theatrum: "BOOK OF SONGS - VOL 1"

ALR 1059 | LC 08129
Recorded in settembre 2014 in the church of Vezzano Ligure (SP) Italia by Luca Cosi. Distributed by Sounddesign Austria, Peter Guschelbauer.

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Stefano Battaglia Theatrum: "BOOK OF SONGS - VOL 1"

ALR 1059 | Laboratorio Permanente di Ricerca Musicale is a special space for musical research I've created in Siena Jazz Academy since 1996. I have been fortunate to share that space with hundreds of young and gifted musicians travelling from different countries.

TRACKLISTS
E lucevan le stelle (Giacomo Puccini) / Il sogno di Maria (Fabrizio De Andrè) / Il canto del Maggio (forma teatro canzone popolare) / Vicenzina e la fabbrica (Enzo Jannacci) / Inverno (Fabrizio De Andrè) / Almeno tu nell'universo (Bruno Lauzi, Maurizio Fabrizio)

ARTISTS:
Stefano Battaglia - piano
Mirco Capecchi
- contrabbasso
Furia Massimiliano
- batteria

Laboratorio Permanente di Ricerca Musicale is a special space for musical research I've created in Siena Jazz Academy since 1996.
I have been fortunate to share that space with hundreds of young and gifted musicians travelling from different countries.
The research include and contain four different ways and approach: two of them connected with traditions (denominated Book of Songs and Book of Jazz) and two aimed and directed to new music
(denominated Original Compositions and Tabula Rasa).
The goal of every group of research is perform and/or record the repertoire created during the season of rehersals, through nine months of work, and one meeting for month. This live record has been recorded in a beautiful small church on the border between Liguria and Tuscany and contain a small part of a huge work basically focussed on italian popular repertoire within Book Of Songs context.
We had a wonderful and very well setted Steinway D in the conch, the special sound of the stone of the church, with a musician as a sound engineer (the trumpeter Luca Cosi), and surrounded by the
peaceful landscape of south Liguria's hills all around us.
It is a beautiful memory for me, and sometimes is just perfect to have the chance to keep the moment, to save the unforgettable on a record.

Harry Sokal: "I REMEMBER ART"

ALR 1058 | LC 08129
Recordings on May 25, 26, 27/2016 at Anton Bruckner Private University recording studio. Tracks recorded & mixed by Reinhard Buchta. Distributed by Sounddesign Austria, Peter Guschelbauer.

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Harry Sokal: "I REMEMBER ART"

ALR 1058 | Dass Harry Sokal ein Ausnahmemusiker ist, dessen herausragende Fähigkeiten in der internationalen Jazzwelt anerkannt und geschätzt werden, darf als bekannt vorausgesetzt werden.

TRACKLIST
Moonrays (Horace Silver) / Help to C (Harry Sokal) / A Swinging Bird for Children’s Fake (Harry Sokal) / Context (Kenny Drew) / TGTT (Duke Ellington) / Cherokee Sketches (Fritz Pauer) / Melancholia (Duke Ellington) / Farmers Market (Art Farmer) / Home Cookin’ (Horace Silver)

ARTISTS:
Harry Sokal
- saxes
John Arman - guitar
Martin Kocián - bass
Michal Wierzgon - drums

Dass Harry Sokal ein Ausnahmemusiker ist, dessen herausragende Fähigkeiten in der internationalen Jazzwelt anerkannt und geschätzt werden, darf als bekannt vorausgesetzt werden.
Harry´s Entwicklung vom ungestümen jungen Nobody zu einem der profiliertesten Saxophonisten Europas hängt ursächlich mit einer Begegnung zusammen, die im Jahr 1979 stattgefunden hat. Damals lernte der 25 Jahre alte Harry den Trompeter und Flügelhorn-Spieler Art Farmer kennen. Art verbrachte zu dieser Zeit einen großen Teil des Jahres in Wien und spielte wann immer es ihm möglich war in und mit der Band des Österreichischen Rundfunks, der sogenannten ORF-Big Band. Art war 1979 bereits durch Kooperationen mit legendären Musikern wie Coleman Hawkins, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Ron Carter und Gerry Mulligan selbst zu einer lebenden Legende geworden. Speziell durch seine sensiblen, unnachahmlichen Balladen-Interpretationen auf dem Flügelhorn.
Nach einer gemeinsamen Probe, an der auch noch der unvergessene Pianist Fritz Pauer beteiligt war nahm Art den jungen Harry zur Seite und lud ihn ein, gemeinsam mit ihm in seiner Wohnung ein wenig zu proben. Art hatte damals wohl schon Harry´s außerordentliches Potential erkannt und war bereit, dieses zu fördern. Der Rest ist österreichische Jazz-Geschichte. Harry wurde ständiges Mitglied in Art Farmer´s „European Quintet“ und begleitete ihn selbst auf Tourneen, die in Art´s Heimat, die USA, führten.
Art ist seit 1999 nicht mehr unter uns. Als Erinnerung und Hommage zugleich hat Harry Sokal nun diese CD „I remember Art“ aufgenommen und legt sie allen ans Herz, denen Art Farmer ebenso unvergessen ist wie ihm selbst.

Frank Hoffman

 

John B. Williams: "ENCHANTMENT - A HORACE SILVER TRIBUTE - VOL. 2"

ALR 1056 | LC 08129
Recorded in September 2016, mixed & mastered in August 2017 at Sounddesign Tonstudio, Peter Guschelbauer, by Christoph Kapfer.

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John B. Williams: "ENCHANTMENT - A HORACE SILVER TRIBUTE - VOL. 2"

ALR 1056 | John B. Williams, who is living in Los Angeles is one of the most respected bassists in the United States. He studied at Ron Carter and played with almost all the big players in jazz. 

ARTISTS:

John B Williams -bass
Andy Middleton -saxes
Lorenz Raab -trumpet
Oliver Kent -piano
Klemens Marktl -drums
Jessica Williams -vocals 3,9
Meghan Williams -vocals 6

 

John B. Williams, who is living in Los Angeles is one of the most respected bassists in the United States. He studied at Ron Carter and played with almost all the big players in jazz. Then he played over years in the Johnny Carson show, the first and most important late night shows in the american TV, after almost 30 years Jay Leno took it over.

John B was touring for some years with the great Michael Wolff, Bennie Maupin and above all with the vocal group Manhattan Transfer. After retireing from Manhattan Transfer he wanted to concentrate completely on his solo carrier. He lead an own band in Los Angeles and met at a concert with Michal Wolff the Austrian music producer Peter Guschelbauer kennen and after his last concert with Manhattan Transfer in Linz they decided to collaborate for a first album and they produced it at Peter’s Sounddesign recording studios in Hagenberg Austria with Austrian musicians.

It was John B’s first solo studio album and was released on Peter’s label Alessa Records. ALR 1016 Arabesque, was dedicated to his father, who was born in Jamaica and John B wrote music in Caribbean style. His wife Jessica Williams sang 2 wonderful ballads and so his wife was integrated in the band. Together they toured several times through Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic.

Soon it was asked for a follow up album and John B remembered his old friend, bandleader, teacher and mentor Horace Silver in whose band he has played in the late 60ies. He played in the Horace Silver 5tet and in1968 for the first time in Austria, in Vienna at the Konzerthaus with the following prominent line up.

Horace Silver – piano, Randy Brecker – trumpet, Bennie Maupin - sax,
John B. Williams – bass, Billy Cobham - drums

A real All Star Band one could say.

In the year 2013, John B. Williams wanted to record this „tribute to Horace Silver” CD, his producer Peter Guschelbauer was excited about this idea and so they recorded again in Hagenberg a new album with amazing Austrian musicians. The CD ALR 1028 „African Queen“ was born and was again followed by a small tour through Austria, Germany and the Czech Republik. The definite highlight was the concert at the „Festwochen Gmunden“, a summer festival at the amazing lake “Traunsee”. Jessica’s vocal have been recorded in Los Angeles and mixed in Austria.

John B came in 2016 again to Hagenberg after he did the bass camp at WARWICK in Germany to record with his Austrian band a volume 2 from his tribute to Horace Silver. They played 2 evenings at the Jazzland, Vienna’s oldest Jazzclub, at the Amsec in Hagenberg and the Cafe Museum in Passau etc.

The vocal recordings were again in Los Angeles and New York with John B’s wife Jessica Williams und their daughter Meghan and mixed and mastered in Hagenberg..

Karlheinz Miklin & Jazz Orchester Steiermark: "NEXT PAGE"

ALR 1055 | LC 08129
Recorded 16.-18. December 2016, ORF Landesstudio Steiermark, by Norbert Stadlhofer. Mixed 6.-8. February 2017, by Norbert Stadlhofer, Karlheinz Miklin, Sigi Feigl. Mastered February 2017, Skyline Studios - New Jersey, by Paul Wickliffe. Produced by Karlheinz Miklin, Peter Guschelbauer (Sounddesign Austria). Distributed by Sounddesign Austria, Peter Guschelbauer.

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Karlheinz Miklin & Jazz Orchester Steiermark: "NEXT PAGE"

ALR 1055 | Listening to Karlheinz Miklin several times in small groups I  got interested in his compositions, so the idea came up to arrange his music for big band.

ARTISTS:

Karlheinz Miklin - saxes
Sigi Feigl - conductor
Michael Abene
- arrangements

reed section:
Patrick Dunst 
- alto, soprano, flute, clarinet
Lisi Stiger
- alto, soprano, flute, clarinet
Tobias Pustelnik
- tenor, soprano, clarinet
Wolfi Schiefer
- tenor, soprano, clarinet
Gernot Strebl
- baritone, bass-clarinet; (track 04, 05)
Oleksandr Ryndenko
- baritone, bass-clarinet; (all except track 04, 05)

trumpet section:
Mario Stuhlhofer
- lead
Gerhard Ornig
Dominic Pessl 
- ass. lead
Karl Rossman
Markus Krofitsch
trombone section:
Reinhard Summerer
- lead
Sascha Krobath
Mátyás Papp
Wolfgang Tischhart
- b-trb.

rhythm section:
Fabian Supancic
- piano, el-piano
Thomas Wilding
- double bass, el-bass
Klaus Fürstner -
drums

 

This is not my first CD entitled „Next page“. After having played mostly in trio format I started to work in quartet with Fritz Pauer, Ron McClure and the drummers Victor Lewis, Adam Nussbaum und Billy Hart in the nineties
 – defenitely opening a 'next page'. Later I came back to play mostly in trio again, besides my ongoing work with Argentine musicians for decades. That Michael Abene proposed to write arrangements of my compositions means an honour and another very important next page for me. It puts me in an unusual context but Michael – a true master - succeeded in keeping the meaning of my songs and enriched them with beautiful sounds and colors. I would not have started this project without the support of my dear friend Sigi Feigl. His knowledge and dedication were indespensable to make everything happen. I hope you enjoy!
Karlheinz Miklin

My capacity for enthusiasm regarding big band music is unadulterated since my professional start in the early 1980’s. And almost since then an intense musical collaboration with Karlheinz Miklin had been along my way. Doing workshops with my first „big band baby“, the Big Band Süd, being my teacher and mentor at the Jazzdepartment in Graz and in the past years sharing the stage on bigbandish occasions once in a while. Therefore I’m extremly happy that it was possible – with the birth of another band - to bring this collaboration to another level. Performing and recording the music of Karlheinz Miklin with the handpicked and outstanding musicians of the brand-new „Jazz Orchester Steiermark“ is a wonderful piece of luck. The icing on this cake are the magnificant arrangements of great Michael Abene – who did an amazing job in putting „Charlie’s“ very personal music into a big band context. Happy and proud in having been a part of this project!
Sigi Feigl

Listening to Karlheinz Miklin several times in small groups I  got interested in his compositions, so the idea came up to arrange his music for big band. Doing that I had second thoughts . Here was this wonderful musician who has composed some very interesting music over the years but has very rarely been associated with big bands. Various sizes of small groups yes. The challenge I faced is to try to write the arrangements in such a way as to leave Karlheinz free to play as he would in a small group. His compositions can vary from the craziness of a Joltz's Waltz, Monk-key to beautiful melodies such as Para Pochin and Palomar. Hopefully I have accomplished this. This was a fun and challenging recording to work on and hope you enjoy the finished project.
Michael Abene, arrangements

 

Don Menza Quartet: "SONNY DAZE"

Doppel- CD

ALR 1054 | LC 08129
Recorded on May 10th, 11th and 12th, 2016 live at the Jazzland, Vienna by Christoph Kapfer & Peter Guschelbauer. Mixed and mastered in November/December 2016 at the Studio City Sound, Los Angeles, by Don Menza and Tom Weir. Distributed by Sounddesign Austria, Peter Guschelbauer.

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Don Menza Quartet: "SONNY DAZE"

ALR 1054 | This is the second release for Alessa Records, a double CD recorded live in May 2016 at the Jazzland in Vienna with Don Menza’s Austrian dreamteam, Oliver Kent - p, Hannes Strasser - db and Bernd Reiter - dr.

ARTISTS:
Don Menza (USA)
- tenorsax
Oliver Kent (A) - piano
Johannes Strasser (A) - bass
Bernd Reiter (A) - drums

Sonny Rollins has always been a great inspiration for me and has shown me how important honesty in one’s music is... To give praise at this point in his history would be redundant but equally justified.
For this I thank you “Newk” and dedicate this album. All of his fans become somewhat transfixed when listening to his playing - hence “Sonny Daze” (album title).
“It’s April Again” was written for Rose (my wife for 54 years) as an anniversary gift. There are lyrics and one day I will record it with a good singer (Billy Eckstine or Sarah Vaughn would be nice), ha!
All the other selections are favorites of mine (either jazz standards or movie soundtracks).
About the rhythm section --- I can confidently say I would have absolutely no reservations playing anywhere in the world with them. Thank you guys for your enthusiastic performances!
Looking forward to our next project ---- DON MENZA

I was a student when I first met Don Menza in Graz about 10 years ago when he became the saxophone guest professor for two semesters. I could not really profit from Don’s incredible musicality and experience because I was just not good enough at that time, I was scared to even play one note with him…
Some years later in 2011 I got the chance to do a brief tour with Don in Austria, Germany and Italy, hence meeting him “on stage”. This was truly a wonderful and special experience followed by many more through the last five years when we were touring Europe together with different projects and line-ups.
Don himself is the best example for being 100% honest and strong in life and music, just being around him (and of course playing with him) is a special gift for me, as it is for any musician who he has worked with (and these are many including all the jazz greats).
Don is a true giant, carrying on the jazz saxophone tradition of Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz etc. and showing younger musicians and audiences what “Real Jazz” is.
Thank you Don for all the musical and personal moments we shared through the years, I will never forget any of them and really learned a lot from you, as a musician and (even more important) as a human being!
We recorded this album for Don’s 80th birthday (unbelievable!!!), big thanks as well to Oliver and Hans for their great playing full of swing and spirit and their positive energy on and off the bandstand!
Looking forward to many more ---- BERND REITER
 

Kristina Barta: "EMA 29"

ALR 1052 | LC 08129
Recorded September 2016, mixed and mastered in January 2017 by Christoph Kapfer at Sounddesign Studio, Hagenberg/Austria. Distributed by Sounddesign Austria, Peter Guschelbauer.

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Kristina Barta: "EMA 29"

ALR 1052 | Kristina Barta, whose real name is Kristýna Bártová, was born in Prague in the Czech Republic. In 2015, she founded her own trio - Jan Feco on bass and Marek Urbanek on the drums.  

ARTISTS:
Kristina Barta
- piano
Jan Feco - bass
Marek Urbanek - drums
David Friedman - vibraphone
Karel Ruzicka Jr. - saxophone
Miroslav Hloucal - trumpet
Krystof Tomecek - guitar


Kristina Barta, whose real name is Kristýna Bártová, was born in Prague in the Czech Republic. In 2015, she founded her own trio - Jan Feco on bass and Marek Urbanek on the drums. She recorded the first demo tape and with her own original arrangements, the famous song Autumn Leaves (J. Kosma) won the competition Jazz Prix 2015. The international jury composed of R. Dombrowski (German music journalist), G. Schroder (The US Attorney Kurland Agency ) and Rudy Linka (Czech jazz guitarist) took her distinctive and fresh approach to the arrangement, and to her own compositions. The trio has performed at the Bohemia Jazz Fest in Prachatice and Pilsen before the band Yellowjackets.

During the same year, a live recording of the bachelor concert by Kristina Barta was nominated by the Czech Radio as a member of the EBU (European Broadcasting Union) in the prestigious European competition for young jazz projects Euroradio Jazz Competition 2016. The trio was chosen by the European Commission among the four finalists and Kristina Barta performed together with Jan Fečo and Marek Urbanek at the legendary concert hall Bimhuis in Amsterdam.

"Their music is a combination of jazz tradition and efforts to explore something new. The band sounds optimistic, after the periods of nervous or depressive modern jazz, perhaps, this is a new trend. Helped by the fact they are the young musicians who do not stick to the surface, but go directly to the essence of musical magic", says the editor of Czech Radio Vltava Vaclav Vraný.

In 2016 Kristina Barta won with her song "Find peace of mind" which was performed and written by her sister Martina Barta, a competition for the best jazz composition which is annually organized by OSA (Performing and Mechanical Rights Society).

Other activities and projects

Kristina Barta studied jazz piano at the Music Academy of Performing Arts in Prague under the guidance of prof. Karel Ruzicka and Vit Kristan. She teaches for several years at music schools in Prague. In 2016 Ratibořická Music School opened a new instruction branch in piano, focusing on jazz interpretation under her leadership. In Berlin, working with students Jazz Institute at the Universität der Künste.

EMA29 debut album was released in 2017 by Kristina Barta at the Austrian Alessa Records in cooperation with the Austrian promoter Peter Guschelbauer (among others in the years 2002 - 2007 he was the promoter of the Austrian Joe Zawinul). The steady trio - Barta, Fečo, Urbanek and the album expanded with distinguished guests. Trumpeter and composer Miroslav Hloucal, guitarist Kryštof Tomeček, saxophonist and producer Karel Ruzicka jr. and American vibraphonist David Friedman, a professor at the Jazz Institute in Berlin. In his life, David Friedman worked with musicians such as Wayne Shorter, Horace Silver and Chet Baker. He was a member of the New York Philharmonic and also taught at the Manhattan School of Music in New York.

"My development itself and the emergence of the album was documented by the leading Czech photographer Petr Krejci whose photographs are admired by people all over the world. He has exhibits in Seattle, Houston and Beirut. This uncompromising and decadent photographer reveals and underscores the interiority of music, which I am introducing to you", Kristina Barta.

Marek Urbanek (*1992) is a young and acclaimed jazz drummer in Czech Republic.
Jan Feco (*1990) is a great saxophonist and bassist in one person.

 

 

Duo Vakkordeonioline: "ALTRE STORIE"

ALR 1051 | LC 08129
Recorded, mixed and mastered 2017 by Christoph Kapfer. Distributed by Sounddesign Austria, Peter Guschelbauer.

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Duo Vakkordeonioline: "ALTRE STORIE"

ALR 1051 | Das junge Linzer Duo sucht den steinigen Weg von Jazz zu kritischen Songs, von unernster E-Musik zu ernster U-Musik. Kurz: ein Duo wie jedes andere.

ARTISTS:
Paul Schuberth
- akkordeon
Tomás Novák
- violine, gesang

Musik, die in keine Schublade passt, verstaubt meistens in der Schublade. Ein solch verstaubtes Ensemble bilden auch der tschechische Jazzgeiger und Liedermacher Tomáš Novák und der oberösterreichische Akkordeonspieler Paul Schuberth. Das junge Linzer Duo sucht den steinigen Weg von Jazz zu kritischen Songs, von unernster E-Musik zu ernster U-Musik. Kurz: ein Duo wie jedes andere.

Das Duo hat sich zum Ziel gesetzt, Musik zu machen, die nicht während des Autofahrens gehört werden kann. Zwar erscheint die Musik zuerst eingängig, doch bei genauerem Hören entpuppt sie sich als zwei-, wenn nicht gar drei- oder viergängig: dies kann zu angenehmen und unangenehmen Überraschungen führen.
Der Wiener "Falter" ist sich aber sicher: "Zwar jung an Jahren, aber voll mit musikalischen Ideen, die für einige Platten reichen würden, scheren sich die Virtuosen um keine Konvention. Jede Nummer ist ein neuer Kosmos."

trio akk:zent: "SWEET DESERT"

ALR 1049 | LC 08129
Recorded, mixed and mastered in July/August 2016 at studio WAVEGARDEN by Franz Schaden. Distributed by Sounddesign Austria, Peter Guschelbauer.

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trio akk:zent: "SWEET DESERT"

ALR 1049 | Der Vorwurf, diese Musik sei nur mit sich selbst beschäftigt, ist richtig. Allerdings: So bleibt ihr auch keine Zeit, sich um ihr Publikum zu kümmern - sie lässt es einfach in Ruhe. Ruhe, die der Hörer braucht, um sich ihr zu widmen. Nur so kann diese verhindern, vollständig zu verkümmern.

ARTISTS:
Paul Schuberth - acc
Johannes Münzner
- acc, e-bass
Victoria Pfeil
- sax

 

Michael Kahr - "JAZZ & THE CITY  ...AND ME"

ALR 1047 | LC 08129
Recorded by Dusan Novakov at Dukatton Studios Vienna, micxed and mastered by Christoph Kapfer. Distributed by Sounddesign Austria, Peter Guschelbauer.

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Michael Kahr - "JAZZ & THE CITY  ...AND ME"

ALR 1047 | Die Musik des Ensembles um den Pianisten und Komponisten Michael Kahr ist eine Hommage an die Jazzgeschichte – eine künstlerische Auseinandersetzung mit der Geschichte der Jazzstadt Graz und ihren vielschichtigen Verbindungen zum internationalen Jazz.

ARTISTS:
Michael Kahr
- piano
David Jarh - trumpet, flugelhorn
Martin Harms - tenor sax, sopran sax, flute
Mario Vavti - trombone
Wolfram Derschmidt - bass
Jörg Mikula - drums & percussion
Frank Hoffmann - voice

Die Musik des Ensembles um den Pianisten und Komponisten Michael Kahr ist eine Hommage an die Jazzgeschichte – eine künstlerische Auseinandersetzung mit der Geschichte der Jazzstadt Graz und ihren vielschichtigen Verbindungen zum internationalen Jazz.

Aus dem Blickwinkel der Gegenwart eröffnen das Repertoire und die unterschiedlichen musikalischen Konzepte der Jazzgeschichte – jeglicher Nostalgie zum Trotz – spannende Perspektiven zur Definition der eigenen künstlerischen Identität. Vergangene Momente erscheinen im Licht der Improvisation in neuer Gestalt, und neue Kompositionen entstehen als inspiriertes zeitgenössisches Statement, bei gleichzeitigem Bewusstsein der eigenen Geschichte.

Das Ensemble spielt ausgewählte Stücke des Grazer Jazz (wie Kleinschuster Sextett, Josel Trio und das Harry Pepl / Werner Pirchner JazzZwio) und stellt in den eigenen Werken Referenzen zur Musik von Dieter Glawischnig, Harald Neuwirth, Ewald Oberleitner, Karlheinz Miklin und anderen Veteranen der Grazer Jazzszene her. Auch die Verbindung von Jazz und Lyrik hat ihren Platz. Insgesamt versprechen das profunde Verständnis der Jazztradition und die spontane Ausdrucksfreude aller beteiligten Musiker ein faszinierendes, swingendes Hörerlebnis.

Per Mathisen  & Utsi Zimring with  David Kikoski   - "NEW YORK CITY MAGIC"

ALR 1046 | LC 08129
Recorded in "systems Two Recordiong Studio", Brooklyn, NY, USA, Januaty 20th and 21st, 2016 by Mike Marciano. Mixes March 14th, 15th, 16th and mastered May 1727th, 2016 by Christoph Kapfer at Sounddesign Studios, Hagenberg, Austria. Distributed by Sounddesign Austria, Peter Guschelbauer.

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Per Mathisen  & Utsi Zimring with  David Kikoski   - "NEW YORK CITY MAGIC"

ALR 1046 | This hard-hitting, jaw-dropping trio, features 3 extremely virtuoso musicians from 3 different parts of the world.

ARTISTS:
Per Mathisen
(NOR) - electric & acoustic basses
David Kikoski (USA) - piano & keyboards
Utsi Zimring (ISL) - drums & percussion

This hard-hitting, jaw-dropping trio, features 3 extremely virtuoso musicians from 3 different parts of the world. A “Viking” from Norway on acoustic upright and electric bass, a drummer from Israel and a keys man from USA on acoustic piano, Fender Rhodes and Mini Moog synthesizer. The trio was hitting it together for the first time and recorded for “Alessa Records”, their CD “Final Destination” in NYC, January 2016, and will be touring extensively in the near future. The music the band performs is composed 50/50 by Per Mathisen and Utsi Zimring and is a wonderful mix of acoustic modern jazz and electric, high voltage, funky jazzrock, always with amazingly virtuosic solos and interplay of world class.

Per Mathisen is not only Norway’s answer to Jaco Pastorius on electric bass, he is also Norway’s answer to Niels Henning Ørsted Pedersen on acoustic upright. Performed in over 30 countries with some of the most famous jazz musicians in the world, to name a few: Alex
Acuna, Bill Bruford, Mike Stern, Adam Nussbaum, Gary Husband, Jon Christensen. Per has released 12 highly acclaimed CD’s as a leader, co leader or member of bands.

Utsi Zimring is an international artist, drummer and composer, who performed and recorded with such acclaimed jazz musicians such as Mike Stern, Bob Franceschini, Ruben Rodriguez and Dominic James in such famous venues such as Blue Note or Lincoln Centre in New York. He recorded over 100 CD’s, his solo project “Zone 23” was well received by Modern Drummer Magazine, according to which Utsi “shines brightly with impressive, funky gospel chops”. Drum Magazine compared Utsi to Tony Williams and Billy Cobham and considered to see Utsi play live as a must.

David Kikoski is no less than one of America’s most famous jazz piano players. The list of world jazz stars he has been performing with is endless and his collaboration with legendary drummer Roy Haynes lasted for over 20 year. Kikoski’s band with sax man Bob Berg and drummer Gary Novak was touring extensively around the world for many years. He was a member of the soul bop band from Randy Brecker and Bill Evans and he won a 2011 Grammy Award with the “Mingus Big Band” for the Best Live Jazz Ensemble Album.

 

 

 

Tamara Obrovac Transhistria ensemble: "CANTO AMOROSO"

ALR 1045 | LC 08129
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Stefano Amerio, ArteSound Recording Studio, Udine, Italy. Distributed by Sounddesign Austria, Peter Guschelbauer.

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Tamara Obrovac Transhistria ensemble: "CANTO AMOROSO"

ALR 1045 | The 10th album from the most appreciated Croatian jazz musician, singer and composer Tamara Obrovac

TRACKLIST
se me ra morta privari (if death was to trick me) / canto amoroso (love song) / bez tebe (without you) / kažeta (little house) / carisa (caress) / istrarmenia (homesick) / tango istrando / sama (alone) / farabuti (rascals) / tomizziana

ARTISTS:
Tamara Obrovac
- vocals, compositions
Fausto Beccalossi - accordeon
Uroš Rakovec - guitar, mandola
Žiga Golob - double bass
Krunoslav Levačić - drums

Ethnically inspired Mediterranean jazz, influenced by the particular musical & dialectal traditions of her homeland, the Croatian coastal region of Istria. Her unique music reflects the historical and cultural background of her homeland, at the crossroads between the East and the West, the Mediterranean and the Balkans. With her specific and original compositions,
excellent musicians and expressive voice, Tamara creates a unique artistic form in which she effortlessly and logically unites melody and improvisation, sensitivity and passion, formal demands and freedom, ethnic music and jazz, tradition and modernity, serious approach and humor.

“Tamara Obrovac has quietly and secretly grown into one of Europe’s greatest ethnic jazz singers… Basically melancholic, her music simultaneously impresses with inner strength and passion that brings with it the story of the mentality of an entire region.” (V. Doberstein, Jazz Podium)

Daniel Nösig/Jure Pukl NYC Quintett  - "LIVE AT THE JAZZ FESTIVAL STEYR 2016" 

ALR 1044 | LC 08129
Recorded live March 18, 2015 at the Jazz Festival Steyr. Mixed and mastered by Christoph Kapfer.Distributed by Sounddesign Austria, Peter Guschelbauer.

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Daniel Nösig/Jure Pukl NYC Quintett  - "LIVE AT THE JAZZ FESTIVAL STEYR 2016" 

ALR 1044 | In der Musik des Daniel Nösig/Jure Pukl Quintetts finden sich div. Einflüsse zahlreicher Modern-Jazz-Protagonisten im Konzept einer aktuellen Band wieder. Immer neu, immer frisch!

ARTISTS:
Daniel Nösig
(A) - tp
Jure Pukl (SLO) - ts
Tzumo Arpad (HU) - p
Josh Ginsburg (USA) - b
Gregory Hutchinson (USA) - dr


Jure und ich kennen uns seit fast 15 Jahren! Es wurden unzählige Konzerte und Tourneen im In- und Ausland gespielt, Aufnahmen für's Fernsehen und Radio gemacht und div. CD's eingespielt…

Die Idee ein gemeinsames Quintett zu gründen drängte sich förmlich auf. Es dauerte…, 2012 war es soweit !!

Mit der grandiosen Rhythmus Gruppe, Tzumo Arpad am Klavier, Josh Ginsburg am Bass und dem Schlagzeuger Gregory Hutchinson vervollständigt sich das Quintett. Die Musiker dieser Rhythmus Gruppe begleiteten Größen wie Joe Lovano, Kenny Garrett, Wayne Shorter, Kurt Rosenwinkel, John Scofield, Tom Harrell, Phil Woods, Benny Golson, uva.

Zwei eigenständige Solisten und eine kochende Rhythmus Gruppe garantieren für ein Hörerlebnis der Spitzenklasse!

In der Musik des Daniel Nösig/Jure Pukl Quintetts finden sich div. Einflüsse zahlreicher Modern-Jazz-Protagonisten im Konzept einer aktuellen Band wieder. Immer neu, immer frisch! Ein Abenteuer voller überraschender Stimmungen und groovender und stets swingender Energien. Die Frontline zeigt eine fast "telepathische" Übereinstimmung und die Rhythmusgruppe bringt bei aller Eigenständigkeit genau die richtige Basis, um Trompete und Saxofon die notwendige Freiheit zu gewähren. ENJOY!!
Daniel Nösig

 

 

Triple Ace: "FACES"

ALR 1043 | LC 08129
Recorded at DUKATTON Studios, Vienna. Recording engineer: Dusan Novakov. Mixed by Rudi Mille. Mastered by Christoph Kapfer at Sounddesign Studio, Peter Guschelbauer, A-Hagenberg / Austria.

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Triple Ace: "FACES"

ALR 1043 | Three exceptional musicians based in the Austrian Jazz scene have come together in the band formation known as triple ace - colours in jazz

ARTISTS:
Oliver Kent
- piano
Uli Langthaler - bass
Dusan Novakov - drums

Three exceptional musicians based in the Austrian Jazz scene have come together in the band formation known as triple ace - colours in jazz:
oliver kent - piano, uli langthaler - bass and dusan novakov - drums.

Singularly, all three artists - who have each individually played with the best musicians and international stars - bring an incredible amount of experience into this band. One recognizes after the first tone on their second CD faces the maturity with which they make music. triple ace - colours in jazz has chosen one of the most difficult formations in jazz, the so-called "piano trio". Despite the rivalry of thousands of distinguished trios worldwide, this band has proven itself worthy of the high demands placed on musicians in the international Jazz scene.
Indeed, I claim: triple ace - colours in jazz sets new standards!
Peter Guschelbauer, Alessa Records

The Gradischnig / Raible Quintet: "SEARCHIN' FOR HOPE"

ALR 1042 | LC 08129
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Christoph Kapfer at Sounddesign Recording Studio, Peter Guschelbauer, Hagenberg / Austria. Distributed by Sounddesign Austria, Peter Guschelbauer.

Item nr. ALR 1042

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The Gradischnig / Raible Quintet: "SEARCHIN' FOR HOPE"

ALR 1042 | With top musicians from Austria, England, Germany and Greece, the Gradischnig / Raible Quintet handles Hope’s music with love and understanding.

ARTISTS:
Herwig Gradischnig
- tenor saxophone
Claus Raible - piano
Steven Fishwick - trumpet
Giorgos Antoniou - bass
Matt Home - drums

With top musicians from Austria, England, Germany and Greece, the Gradischnig / Raible Quintet handles Hope’s music with love and understanding. All band members remain true to the spirit of Bebop, speaking its language with originality and natural ease. The 9-minute opener, “Stars Over Marakesh“, with its fascinating Middle Eastern feel, is an impressive, atmospheric opener. The quintet’s performance here is somewhat slower and smoother than Elmo Hope’s trio versions, with the horns adding emotional depth.
Hans-Jürgen Schaal

Free Idiots: "PARAPADDAM GRZN PSS"

ALR 1041 | LC 08129
Recorded March 25/26, 2015 at Amann Studios Vienna. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Christoph Amann. Distributed by Sounddesign Austria, Peter Guschelbauer.

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Free Idiots: "PARAPADDAM GRZN PSS"

ALR 1041 | Free idiots are an eclectic Jazz trio from Vienna with an uncommon line up. A line up that calls for a high amount of responsibility of every musician, but also creates a lot of open space because classic role models are not valid anymore.

TRACKLIST / SOUNDS
Eins Punkt Eins / Frage nicht / Nackter Ast / Schwarzer Holler / Du bist nicht so schön wie Du aussiehst / Real doll / Roter Holler / Parapaddam Grzn Gösn / 68 / Panspermie / Hiniga Woiza / Freeselling

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ARTISTS:
Lukas Aichinger
- drums
Alex Löwenstein - alto saxophone
Markus W. Schneider - electric guitar

Free idiots are an eclectic Jazz trio from Vienna with an uncommon line up. A line up that calls for a high amount of responsibility of every musician, but also creates a lot of open space because classic role models are not valid anymore.

Free Idiots -that´s what they are for sure. In significant moments; especially when the energy carries them and they decide to act against all rules. When they jump from idea to idea - in and out of their compositions frame. The ecstasies has a free card. Because of that they are idiots.

"Exciting evidence of expressing new musical thoughts coming from a jazz - background.
Extremely cunning trio with an uncommon bass less line up"
Christoph Cech

 

 

Niogi: "LANDING"

ALR 1040 | LC 08129
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered Feb. 23-25, 2015 by Jan Erik Kongshaug at Rainbow Studio, Oslo, NO. Distributed by Sounddesign Austria, Peter Guschelbauer.

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Niogi: "LANDING"

ALR 1040 | A contemporary jazz band, Niogi performs original pieces using a combination of acoustic instruments and synths.

TRACKLIST / SOUNDS
Getting it Wrong and Right / Jan’s Balloon / Mercury Enters Virgo / Faces / Images (Suite)

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ARTISTS:
Omri Abramov - Tenor and Soprano Saxophones, EWI
Guy Shkolnik
- Acoustic Piano, Synthesizers
Per Mathisen
- Acoustic Bass, Electric and Fretless Bass
Utsi Zimring
- Drums

A contemporary jazz band, Niogi performs original pieces using a combination of acoustic instruments and synths. The band members mix harmonic and rhythmic influences taken from classical, jazz and world music. Niogi's music expresses a unique interest in cutting-edge synths programming and other electronic means of expression. Niogi has performed at renowned international festivals such as Ingolstadter Jazztage Festival in Germany 2013, Jazz Bliss Festival in Myanmar and at Israel Festival 2014. In 2012 Niogi won a special grant from the Israeli Ministry of Culture to advance their music. The band tours regulraly all over Israel, playing at renowned jazz venues and university campuses, gathering an excited audience to follow them.

Kosmotron: "HEXAGON"

ALR 1039 | LC 08129
Recorded mixed & mastered by Wolfgang Spannberger at Herbert Hall in Salzburg. Distributed by Sounddesign Austria, Peter Guschelbauer.

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Kosmotron: "HEXAGON"

ALR 1039 | Die fünf Nummern des Albums entpuppen sich als stilistische Wundertüte, die einen großen Bogen von Heavy Funk über Afrobeat, bis hin zu ornamentalem Jazz-Punk spannen.

TRACKLIST / SOUNDS
Hexagon / CleanBackflip / Der Tourist / Ramba Zamba / Interflug

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ARTISTS:
Joschi Öttl - tp
Manuel Schönegger
- sax
Phillip Harant
- sax
Anselm Oberhummer
- flute
Johannes Huber
- git
Hans Huber
- git
Florian Oberhummer
- fender rhodes, moog
Nikolaj Fuchs
- bass
Lukas Kreuzberger
- percussion
Klaus Sauli
- drums

Drei Jahre nach der Veröffentlichung ihres Debutalbums "Schall 7" legt Kosmotron nach: "Hexagon" stellt eine kompositorische Weiterentwicklung dar, ohne dabei dem energetischen Strom des Kollektivs Grenzen zu setzen. Die fünf Nummern des Albums entpuppen sich als stilistische Wundertüte, die einen großen Bogen von Heavy Funk über Afrobeat, bis hin zu ornamentalem Jazz-Punk spannen.

 

Helmut Kagerer Trio: "BLUE MAN"

ALR 1038 | LC 08129
Recorded 26. & 27. Oct. 2014 at Elephantom-Studio Regensburg. Recorded & mixed by Bernhard Frank. Mastered Aug. 2015 at Sounddesign Tonstudio, Peter Guschelbauer, in Hagenberg, Austria by Christoph Kapfer. Distributed by Sounddesign Austria, Peter Guschelbauer.

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Helmut Kagerer Trio: "BLUE MAN"

ALR 1038 | Nostalgie kann Perspektive haben. Sie kann auch Herausforderung sein, denn natürlich wurde alles schon einmal irgendwie gespielt. Für Helmut Kagerer ist das genau der Spaß, der ihn zum Instrument greifen lässt. 

TRACKLIST / SOUNDS
Tanger / Let‘s get lost / Somewhere in the night / Song for my lady / Tricotism / Fungi Mama / Cute / Estate / Confrontation / All the chords i know / If you could see me now / Visitation / I love you / Sweet Lorraine

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ARTISTS:
Helmut Kagerer
- guitar
Davide Petrocca - bass
Bernd Reiter - drums

Nostalgie kann Perspektive haben. Sie kann auch Herausforderung sein, denn natürlich wurde alles schon einmal irgendwie gespielt. Für Helmut Kagerer ist das genau der Spaß, der ihn zum Instrument greifen lässt. Da sind die Großen, die Autoritäten und Monumente jazzenzyklopädischer Verehrung, die aber auf den zweiten Blick auch nur und vor allem Musik gemacht haben. Man brauchte einem Joe Pass oder Jim Hall nur zuzusehen und spürte über ihr Spiel hinaus, wie sie sich in die Musik fallen, von ihr treiben ließen. Oft ist verblüffende Technik die Basis, nur um am Ende dem Feeling freien Lauf zu lassen. Old School Jazz, der aus dem Moment heraus lebt, ein bisschen Mythos, viel Lebensgefühl. Insofern kann Nostalgie inspirieren, denn der Blick in die Geschichte zaubert alle die aus dem Hut, die einst die Richtung vorgegeben haben.

Und Helmut Kagerer stubst sie an, klopft ihnen auf die Schulter, stellt sich ihnen lächelnd zur Seite. Einem Billy Bauer etwa, der die Abstraktion in den frühen Jazz brachte und nun mit „All The Chords I Know“ ins musikalische Gespräch verwickelt wird. Oder einem Attila Zoller, seinem früheren Lehrer und Duo-Partner, dem er mit „Confrontation“ mitteilt, wie er selbst die Gitarrenwelt sieht. Auch einem Barney Kessel, mit dem er elegant und „Cute“ plaudert, vielleicht sogar den Ahnherrn Wes, dem er an einigen Stellen mit Daumen statt Pick einen Gruß zuwirft. Auch wenn die Großen der modern swingenden Gitarre nicht persönlich angetreten sind, kann man sie erahnen, Chimären und gute Geister eines Künstlerlebens, die im Laufe der Jahre ihre Ideen zu Kagerers Welt hinzugefügt und ihn darüber hinaus geführt haben.

Denn es ist eine Kunst, verankert zu sein, ohne festgelegt zu klingen. Von allen Gitarristen hierzulande, die sich hörbar auf die Tradition beziehen, ist Helmut Kagerer der individuellste Stilist. Das mag an seiner profunden Liebe zum Melodischen liegen, die selbst ins Abstrakte gleitende Passagen im Inneren zusammenhält. Es hängt aber auch mit einer natürlichen Lässigkeit zusammen, die sogar Purismus pfiffig klingen lässt. Und das eben ist die Idee von Nostalgie ohne Melancholie. Der Bandleader lässt sich davon leiten, wie auch seine Triopartner Davide Petrocca und Bernd Reiter, deren Bass und Schlagzeug mit trockenem Witz, beiläufiger Virtuosität, aber ohne überflüssige Redundanzen dem kommunikativen Miteinander erst die Form geben. Am Ende entsteht im Wechselspiel von alt und neu, von Witz und Eleganz eine Musik, die auf wundersame Weise zeitlos ist. Mit Hilfe vieler Freunde, von damals bis zur Gegenwart.

Ralf Dombrowski

 

Mathisen - Robin - Borlai: "OSPITALITA GENEROSA"

ALR 1037 | LC 08129
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Christoph Kapfer at Sounddesign studios, Hagenberg, Austria, June 2014 and January 2015. Produced by Per Mathisen, executive producer: Peter Guschelbauer. Photos by Nicola Robin. Distributed by Sounddesign Austria, Peter Guschelbauer.

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Mathisen - Robin - Borlai: "OSPITALITA GENEROSA"

ALR 1037 | The new CD of the norwegian-italian-hungarian jazz rock - funk-fusion power trio is reality. The music shines full of unbelievable power and virtuosity and will satisfy all the music lover of this genre. The musical level is simply world class.

TRACKLIST / SOUNDS
Floating Fretless Dreams / Baitina Scenery / Eric / June Winds / High Ground / Tritone Funk / The Ambling Alp / I don’t wanna know / Der Boden des Weißensee

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ARTISTS:
Per Mathisen - e- & upright bass
Ruggero Robin
- guitars
Gergo Borlai
- drums
Alex Acuna
- percussion (track 06)

As traveling musicians we come across a lot of people on our journeys. Of course we meet all kinds of different musicians and colleagues, but this homage is not about them, this is about those special ones, off stage, that leaves the doors wide open to their houses or their lodges, and their hearts, so you always feel most welcome.
To have a chance to move around and meet these kind of people is truly one of the most wonderful thing about being a traveling musician. There are some of these kinds in particular who has contributed and inspired a lot to the making of these recordings, probably even without knowing it themselves. The product you are holding in your hand is the result of these people’s generous hospitality. The CD couldn’t be made without the generosity of these wonderful human beings and therefor is this production, and the title “ospitalita generosa”, a tribute and dedication to them. This is what Wikipedia says about hospitality and characterises the persons mentioned below here in the best possible way: Hospitality is the relationship between the guest and the host, or the act or practice of being hospitable. This includes the reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers. Louis, chevalier de Jaucourt describes hospitality in the Encyclopédie as the virtue of a great soul that cares for the whole universe through the ties of humanity[3]. Uli Atteneder and Peter Guschelbauer in Hagenberg, Austria: “The way you two open your house and makes everybody feel at home, while recording in the studio, is overwhelming and deeply moving.” “You meet us always with a big smile, a warm hug and splendid food on the table.” Uli’s Schweins-braten extraordinaire is unglaublich gut. Peter, thank you for who you are and the enormous amount of work you do every day for us and so many other musicians.
Siblings Almut Knaller and Michael Knaller at BIO-Hotel Gralhof, Weissensee, Austria: “The beauty of Weissensee is immense but the beauty of your souls are even more formidable.” The tune “Der Boden des Weissensee” is dedicated to the place, the people, the lake and the best Apfelstrudel in the world.
Vivian Daria & Yuri Verlato at La Baitina Asiago Hotel, Italy: “You opened the doors to your accommodation for us so we could start this trio project in the most amazing surroundings.” Fantastic landscape, wonderful people and marvellous food. It was the best start any group can have. The tune “Baitina Scenery”, is dedicated to you.
Wolfgang Litterak and your whole family at the Weissenwolff hotel, Steyregg, Austria: “Yes come back and play concerts, yes come back anytime and stay as long as you need, yes, yes, yes”. “Never have I heard a no from anybody at Weissenwolff Hotel.”
The “bass” tune, “Floating fretless dreams” is dedicated to you, Wolfgang.
Yours sincerely, Per Mathisen.

 

 

Mathisen - Borlai - Robin: "LIVE IN ACTION" DVD

ALR 1937 | LC 08129
DVD made by Nicola Robin. All videos filmed and edited by Nicola Robin, except concert at Inntoene jazz festival, filmed by Eduard Weinknecht and Nicola Robin. Audio at Inntoene jazz festival, recorded and mixed by Alois Hummer. Audio at Weissensee, recorded by Nicola Robin, mixed by Per Mathisen. All audio mastered by Christoph Kapfer. All photos by Nicola Robin. Produced by Nicola Robin and Per Mathisen.Distributed by Sounddesign Austria, Peter Guschelbauer.

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Mathisen - Borlai - Robin: "LIVE IN ACTION" DVD

ALR 1937 | Live concert DVD from "Inntoene jazz festival" and "Jazz unterm Birnbaum", including also documentary footage of life on the road, studio work and funny moments. 

ARTISTS:
Per Mathisen
- e- & upright bass
Gergo Borlai - drums
Ruggero Robin - guitars

 

Chapters of the DVD:

1. On the road to Inntoene jazz festival. Ruggero and Nicola Robin arrives the festival in Diersbach, Austria, driving from Padova, Italy, Saturday the 07.06.2014, the day before the concert.

2. Presentation of the festival, rig and soundcheck.Gergo arrives with car from Budapest, Hungary, in the morning. Soundcheck only with guitar and drums because Per arrives from Oslo, Norway, only 30 minutes before the concert starts at 1pm. Frantic work with connecting all the cables and pedals. 

3. Festival director, Paul Zauner announcing the trio. 

4. Concert: “Tritone Funk”

5. “High Ground”

6. “Floating Fretless Dreams”

7. “Baitina Scenery & The Ambling Alps”

8. “I don’t wanna know” 

9. After the Inntoene jazz festival concert, jumping in the cars and hitting the road from Diersbach to the wonderful Weissensee in the Alps. 

10. Breakfast and soundcheck in sunny Weissensee. 

11. Festival director, Michael Knaller announcing the trio. Sunday the 08.06.2014. 

12. Concert: “One for Sco”.

12.1. “Tritone Funk”.

12.2. “High Ground”. 

13. After the concert enjoying the beautiful lake, then back on the road driving from Weissensee to Hagenberg and setting up in the studio, getting ready for CD recording. Ending the day with a cold one and Internet outside the super hotel Weissenwolf in Steyregg. A wunderbar hot summer night. 

14. Recording the track “June Winds”.

(No bass on the recording because this clip is made from the recording room. You hear how the track actually sounds on the CD). 

15. Studio work and sound engineer Christoph Kapfer is talking about the studio, how it’s operated and what equipment they are using. 

16. Recording the track “Eric”. (Again no bass on the recording because this clip is made from the control room. You hear how the track actually sounds on the CD). 

17. Some silly and funny moments. 

18. Photos.

 

 

Heginger - Herbert - Cech: "SPRINGLINK"

ALR 1036 | LC 08129
Recorded Feb 26.&27. 2011, mixed April 23. 2011 at Tonstudio Baumann, www.tsb.at, Steinakirchen / Austria, by Roland Baumann sen.. Distributed by Sounddesign Austria, Peter Guschelbauer.

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Heginger - Herbert - Cech: "SPRINGLINK"

ALR 1036 | In Agnes Heginger, Peter Herbert and Christoph Cech an improvising “Dream Team“ has been formed. “To fi nd all possibilities available at any given time“ could be a motto for these three musicians, who all often build bridges - bridges between Jazz and serious music.

TRACKLIST / SOUNDS
Kurzwurz / Wie eine Dachtraufe / Springlink / Arothron (for A.W.) / Oktoberschatten / Wie gut wär's / Novemberstories / Flo / Avalon, Avalon, Avalon / Nos'n / Älter geworden

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ARTISTS:
Agnes Heginger
- vocals
Peter Herbert
- bass
Christoph Cech
- piano

In Agnes Heginger, Peter Herbert and Christoph Cech an improvising “Dream Team“ has been formed. “To fi nd all possibilities available at any given time“ could be a motto for these three musicians, who all often build bridges - bridges between Jazz and serious music. With great ease they utilize different materials and create a kind of music, where the borders between composition and improvisation are no longer perceptible, composition indulging in the spontaneous power of improvisation, and improvisation embracing subtle, constructive forms. Three personalities guarantee an exciting journey between “composed“ and “improvised“ music. Virtuosity as a means to develop musical thoughts, one can’t recognise any borders, new music is created modestly, without exhibitionism. Compositions of all three fi nd their place in the performance sheet. We don’t think in styilistic genres, we utilise enthusiastically anything which tickles our curiosity, that makes our spirits sing and our bodies swing.
Christoph Cech, translated by Hilary Eberhardt

"Wie eine Dachtraufe", "Wie gut wärs", "Älter geworden": lyrics by Joseph Kopf, Rimbaud-Verlag / music by Peter Herbert, aziza publishing nyc AKM/SESAC.
Christoph Cech plays a Yamaha C6 from Klavierhaus Schimpelsberger, Wels.
Peter Herbert uses Thomastik Belcanto strings, AKG DB-1 pickups, AKG C 214 mikrophon.

 

 

Gernot Bernroider's Culturessence: HOMEBOUND

ALR 1035 | LC 08129
Recorded, mixed & mastered at SOUNDDESIGN Studio, Peter Guschelbauer, Hagenberg/Austria 2014 by Christoph Kapfer. Distributed by Sounddesign Austria, Peter Guschelbauer.

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Gernot Bernroider's Culturessence: HOMEBOUND

ALR 1035 | Our road home began under the name "Oulipians" at New York’s legendary Blue Note seven years ago. This is the brand new record of band...

TRACKLIST / SOUNDS
Decalcomania / Motherland / Hot Coal and Cold Feet / This One / Homebound / Axiom / Culturessence / From the Spiritual To the Dust / One For You / Mnemonic Devices

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ARTISTS:
Chanda Rule - vocals
Jason Rigby
- saxes
Martin Reiter
- piano, keys
Raphael Preuschl
- basses
Gernot Bernroider
- drums

Our road home began under the name “Oulipians” at New York’s legendary Blue Note seven years ago. Since then, we have shared music, explored lands, birthed families, and witnessed the unfolding of our world. Our music mirrors our lives, and our name changed with that evoluti on. “Culturessence” captures the intermeshing of rhythm, space, melody, and that which makes us come alive. We are all pushing forward in our trek home - that home that is here, within… beyond walls that hands build. That home beyond land and ti de, beyond winking suns. It is the essence of who we are. “Homebound” orchestrates the journey.

Trio Akkzent: "SOLIDAIRE"

ALR 1034 | LC 08129
Recorded, mixed & mastered at SOUNDDESIGN Studio, Peter Guschelbauer, Hagenberg/Austria January, Jund & July 2014 by Christoph Kapfer. Distributed by Sounddesign Austria, Peter Guschelbauer.

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Trio Akkzent: "SOLIDAIRE"

ALR 1034 | Founded in 2011, the trio akk:zent is determined to provide a special musical experience, not only with its extraordinary line-up, but also with its carefree approach to style.

TRACKLIST / SOUNDS
Fortakslaus Basic Income / Suite solidaire / Whistleblower's Satisfaction / Grauschattenschein / Ombra / Spontaninnovation / Red Love Story / Akk:zeptanz / Suite solidaire trois / Lyric Thrill / Puls

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ARTISTS:
Paul Schuberth - accordion
Johannes Münzner
- accordion
Victoria Pfeil
- saxes

Founded in 2011, the trio akk:zent is determined to provide a special musical experience, not only with its extraordinary line-up, but also with its carefree approach to style.
The members of the ensemble are sceptical of self-conscious genrebending, but fusion is ultimately inevitable, as the young musicians find themselves inspired by a wide range of different musical influences.
As all three members have a different view of music and jazz in particular, and no one is especially interested in compromise, jazz, world music, folklore, free improvisation and the 20th-century avant-garde vie for the listener’s ear and blend together in new ways. Despite this, or perhaps because of it, the trio have developed a certain flexibility regarding their roles and a consistent sound. The focus is never one individual musician, but the trio itself. Here, the sound is the individual.

 

 

Ochsenbauer meets Sokal: "SECRET BASS HITS"

ALR 1033 | LC 08129
Recorded (6 & 7 April 2013), mixed & mastered at SOUNDDESIGN Studio, Peter Guschelbauer,
Hagenberg / Austria by Christoph Kapfer. Distributed by Sounddesign Austria, Peter Guschelbauer.
Photography: Aleksandra Prünner, Lena Semmelroggen.

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Ochsenbauer meets Sokal: "SECRET BASS HITS"

ALR 1033 | Johannes Ochsenbauer has chosen bass player's compositions that suit his sensibilities and organized a group of like-minded musicians to perform the music with a connection to the traditions that produced the pieces.

TRACKLIST / SOUNDS
Dancing Sunbeam / Farewell Farwell / Omicron / Gentle Art of Love / General Mojo's Well Laid Plan / Waltz For Ruth / O. P. / Mraz / Dacapolypso

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ARTISTS:
Harry Sokal - Tenorsax, Sopranosax
Tizian Jost
- Piano, Vibes
Johannes Ochsenbauer
- Doublebass
Mario Gonzi
- Drums
Claus Reichstaller
- Trumpet , Flugelhorn

In an era when musicians on both sides of the Atlantic seem attracted to the idea of applying jazz techniques to projects embracing aesthetics for which those techniques are doomed to produce unrewarding results, it is gratifying to hear 21st Century jazz musicians producing music that applies those techniques where they are effective. The right tools for the job!

Johannes Ochsenbauer has chosen bass player's compositions that suit his sensibilities and organized a group of like-minded musicians to perform the music with a connection to the traditions that produced the pieces. The players are listening for ways to involve themselves - their spirits, within the music, trusting in their ability to do that effectively and honestly without self-conscious application of elements that are presumed to be contemporary improvements. The result is music that sounds more spontaneous and newer than the latest updated (and often diluted) jazz styles. Continuity with tradition enriches the meaning of this music.

There is attention to rhythmic drive and elegant swing, simultaneously anchored and propelled by Mario Gonzi's drumming, and idiomatic comfort in the musical language in which the compositions were written. There is appropriate variety of orchestration - a duet, a trio, quartets and quintets, as each composition invites Ochenbauer's thoughtful choices. Oscar Pettiford's Gentle Art Of Love gets a heartfelt reading as a bass solo. Bass players are beginning to recognize the depth of Pettiford's contribution, and Charles Mingus' O.P. is a compositional highlight of this collection, a delightful piece that includes a cleverly developed quote of Pettiford's Blues In The Closet and an enlivening couple of 3/4 measures that serve break the 4/4 flow of the rhythm momentarily, putting the listener in another frame of reference for just long enough to refresh the feeling of propulsive 4/4 swing. Mingus clearly means to show appreciation of Pettiford, and the musicians on this recording show their appreciation of and confident comfort in all this music. And they get the spirit of my piece too!

Anna Lauvergnac: "COMING BACK HOME"

ALR 1032 | LC 08129
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Christoph Kapfer at Soundesign Recording Studio, Hagenberg, Austria Nov 2013. Distributed by Sounddesign Austria, Peter Guschelbauer.

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Anna Lauvergnac: "COMING BACK HOME"

ALR 1032| Anna Lauvergnac is an artist with a complex personality. In her many years with the Vienna Art Orchestra she used her voice as a horn in the sax section, duetted with A. Mears' didjeridoo and interpreted Ellington and Strayhorn ballads. But she never sounded so beautiful and fully expressive as with her own quartet, and "Coming back home", the 2nd recording of the band, is simply superb.

TRACKLIST / SOUNDS
Lullaby of the Leaves / Be Still, My Soul / Get Out of Town / Soft Winds / Music Is / You`re My Thrill / Let`s Face the Music and Dance / I Know a Song / For Heaven's Sake / Nobody Else But Me / Coming Back Home

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ARTISTS:
Anna Lauvergnac - vocals
Claus Raible
- piano
Giorgos Antoniou
- bass
Steve Brown
- drums

Anna Lauvergnac is an artist with a complex personality.
In her carreer she has been able to fit into many musical environments, keeping her distinct style and sound in every musical situation. In her many years with the Vienna Art Orchestra she used her voice as a horn in the saxophone section, duetted with Adrian Mears' didjeridoo and interpreted Ellington and Strayhorn ballads. She arranged and sang the opener for the Orchestra on the programs Nine Immortal Non Evergreens For Erich Doplhy ( for two voices and electronics, with the late Monica Trotz) and she appeared as a solo performer, both as actress and singer, in her humorous and poignant eight-minute introduction on the  « A Centenary Journey » tour.
In her splendid first solo recording she courageously produced a full project of ballads, my favorites being her duets with jazz legend Andy Bey, she shone on Till Martin's spare arrangements and delighted audience and critics interpretating the compositions of Randy Newman with the Julia Huelsmann Trio.

But she never sounded so beautiful and fully expressive as with her own quartet, and "Coming back home", the second recording of the band, is simply superb.
Anna Lauvergnac reaffirms her elegance in phrasing, excellence in rhythmic interpretation and uncommon sensitivity, the album is remarkable, a marriage of well-known and rarely-explored jazz standards, and four original songs. A pleasant peculiarity here is the judicious choice of extraordinarily modern-sounding compositions selected from the bursting jazz catalog of the 30's and 40's. It`s hard to believe that a song like "You're My Thrill" was written in 1934, not 2004.

The art of writing a song lies in the respect of a fragile balance between lyrics and melody, mood and sound, but most of all in the emotional and musical authenticity that a song needs to be expressive and sincere: the four original songs featured on this recording fulfill this task. They are a reverie of the four seasons:  spring, light and fresh on "I Know A Song"; summer, hot and bright on "Music Is"; autumn, dusky and fragile on "Coming Back Home" and winter, contemplative and meditative on "Be Still, My Soul".

The quartet performs with flawless unity, yet each musician maintains a marked individuality that celebrates the strength and spirit of jazz. They transcend any lick or cliché and dive into the heart and essence of music.

Claus Raible has something approaching telepathy with Anna Lauvergnac. Their synchronicity in unpredictable music movements is astounding as he breaks the rules of classic 'comping' to create a freer and fuller interdependence between melody, lyrics and harmony. As always, Raible proves to be able to draw power from the roots of modern jazz to flourish into his own personal musical language, delivering a serial of spectacular solos in which he takes risks and music phrases to the limits.
 Like an aerialist defying gravity, he creates unforeseen lines which soar with beauty and danger in a perfect balance between rhythmic urging and harmonic tension.

From the first bar, bassist Giorgos Antoniou provides a platform for the music to glide with a warm depth and groove. His fabulous bass lines and distinctive harmonic sense melt elegance and a rootsy pulse. His solos are jewels.

Drummer Steve Brown's dynamic drive is truly impressive. He swings on the cymbals, his beat is strong and he anticipates and supports the wide range of variations and moods. Brilliant on the up-tempos and intense on the ballads, he is a first-rate drummer - tasteful, imaginative and effective.

Leroy Windwood



Quotes & press

About ANNA:

"Most appealing is her desire to cruise the cutting edges of jazz vocal performance." -Don Hackman, The Los Angeles Times
"She's all the expression you need a want from a beautiful singer" Mark Murphy, Jazz Legend
"Anna Lauvergnacs elegantly simple and sometimes smoky vocals are at the center of the artistic creations, and gives them soul and mind." - Martin Laurentius, Jazzzeitung
"She puts the audience under the spell of her music, her voice, her charisma." -  Christian Köpf,  Donaukurier

About CLAUS:

"Wherever he performs, the band members, other musicians in the audience, and last but not least the audience itself are amazed by his confidence in style, his fantasy of improvisation, and the stupendous virtuosity of his performance" - Claus Regnault, Süddeutsche Zeitung
"Claus Raible plays with that style that embodies vitality and authority, which is real, captivating and fresh, yet without being nostalgic."- Hans-Jürgen Schaal, Jazz Critic

About GIORGOS:

"Giorgos Antoniou weaves a subwoofing net in a wundrefully  relaxed manner and with a "conductive to the music" attitude. In his solo work he doesn't just show off some skills but rather does scintilate by unobtrusiveness". - Christian Köpf, Donaukurier


About STEVE:
"On drums, Brown (a tall young man with an eager grin) is a delight. He has an urbane understatement and sidelong wit that adds zip and buoyancy to the sounds around him. Alert to every approaching detail, he fills out melodies with hissing hi-hat snaps and briefly jolting rolls, drops back to minimalist rimshots and erupts into fizzing cymbal swing with an effect like a door suddenly swung open to a busy street. An absolute
treasure." - John Fordham, The Guardian.


About the band:

"Anna - together with her extraordinary traveling companions- has built up a complex architecture that in its apparent simplicity is directed toward music only." -Paolo Fresu
"Anna Lauvergnac with her excellent travel companions are a real band, able to reach such level of inspiration and communication that they turn a concert into an intense and unforgettable experience. And while even the most demanding Jazzpurist will be pampered, also Jazz newcomers will be introduced to what this music can be : not a mere show in which exposing abilities, but a real act of love." -Marcus A. Woelfle, Jazz Zeit
"Wonderful. Honest, and real, and soulful." - Sheila Jordan

Summer's End Trio: "DAY AFTER DAY"

ALR 1031 | LC 08129
Track 01, 03, 05, 06: Recorded and Mixed by Vincenzo Cavalli at Sonoria Studio Rec, Scordia, CT, Italy. Track 02, 04, 07: Recorded and Mixed by Rino Cirinnà at Tac Recording Studio, Canicattini Bagni, SR, Italy. Distributed by Sounddesign Austria, Peter Guschelbauer. Photos: Aleksandra Prünner, Michele Battaglia

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Summer's End Trio: "DAY AFTER DAY"

ALR 1031 | As I heard the recordings of the Summer´s End Trio for the first time, I thought to myself, what a great synthesis between an energetic and dynamic pianist who expresses himself not in a typical jazz language, and a very jazzy bassist and drummer.

TRACKLIST / SOUNDS
The Path / Afternoon View From the Epic / Hyoshi / Ocean Love / Women Hold Up Half the Sky / Spring Street / April and Silence

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ARTISTS:
Fabio Puglisi - piano
Giuseppe Guarrella
- acoustic bass
Francesco Branciamore
- drums

As I heard the recordings of the Summer´s End Trio for the first time, I thought to myself, what a great synthesis between an energetic and dynamic pianist who expresses himself not in a typical jazz language, and a very jazzy bassist and drummer.

And as I read that those three are from Sicily/Italy, all this images, which are so typical for this island came up, Greek temples, the volcano Etna, Erice - this beautiful village on top of a hill in the West with a great view on Trapani, Taormina in the East, and, and, and…..

Enjoy the music and go on this musical trip with the Summer´s End Trio through this wonderful island.

Ori Dakari: "SOLID GROUND"

ALR 1030 | LC 08129
Recorded on October 15th 2013 in Michael Brorby's studio "Acoustic Recording" in Brooklyn, NY by Michael Brorby. Mixed & mastered on October 17th and 18th 2013 by Akihiro Nishimura. Distributed by Sounddesign Austria, Peter Guschelbauer.

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Ori Dakari: "SOLID GROUND"

ALR 1030 | Since his debut CD (Tzadik records, 2009), Ori has been on a constant quest for new sounds on his instrument and for farther boundaries and added colors and textures to explore for his developing music.

ARTISTS:
Ori Dakari (Israel) - guitar
Uri Gurvich
(Israel/ New York) - alto sax
Pascal Niggenkemper
(F/Ger/ NYC) - bass
Ronen Itzik
(Israel/ New York) - drums

His second release, along side his New York based quartet, captures those attempts. The album comprised of 7 original compositions by Dakari, featuring Ori's long time musical partner, New York based, Uri Gurvich on Alto Sax. French-German-New York based, Pascal Niggenkemper on Bass and New York based, Ronen Itzik on drums.
 
The music fuses the seemingly disparate worlds of modern jazz and the folk music of Israel (which contains its many folk musical origins such as Yemenite music, East European music and North and East African music) into one global, complete and adventures musical experience.
 
Born and raised in Israel, Ori started to play the guitar at the age of 12. At the age of 18 he was acknowledged by the Israeli Ministry of culture and the Israeli army an “Outstanding Musician”. He served his army duty as a guitar player. In 2004, Ori received a special scholarship and merit award from the famous Berklee College of Music in Boston. He moved to the US and began study with Jazz masters like Joe Lovano, Hal Crook, Mark Whitefield and others. In 2007 he moved to New York City.
 
 
Ori Dakari has been developing a reputation as one of the most promising guitarists in the scene today since his arrival to the US in 2004. In Only a few years this native Israeli had played in numerous festivals and venues around the world with his group, including venues in New York, Yardbird Suite (Edmonton, Canada), Ashkenaz Festival (Toronto, Canada), Savassi Jazz Festival (Brazil), Belgrade Jazz festival and Nisville Jazz festival (Serbia), Kaunas Jazz Festival (Lithuania), Rigas Ritmi Jazz Festival (Latvia), St. Petersburg Jazz festival and many more.

Soo Cho / Javier Girotto: "BALLERINA"

ALR 1029 | LC 08129
Recorded on November 1th and 2nd 2013 at SOUNDDESIGN Studio, Peter Guschelbauer, Hagenberg / Austria by Christoph Kapfer. Mixed & mastered by Chris Weeda, Amsterdam. Distributed by Sounddesign Austria, Peter Guschelbauer.

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Soo Cho / Javier Girotto: "BALLERINA"

ALR 1029 | The Southkorean born Soo Cho is an excellent pianist and above all also a great composer. In the Argentine born soprano saxophonist, with Italian roots Javier Girotto, she has found a congenial partner for the realisation of her music.

TRACKLIST / SOUNDS
Ballerina / Prayer / Arrogant Stars / When We Say Goodbye / On My Youth / Kris / The Other Side / Xtension / Truth / Twisted / My Funny Valentine

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ARTISTS:
Soo Cho:
piano, compositions
Javier Girotto:
soprano saxophone

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John B. Williams 5tet: "AFRICAN QUEEN"

ALR 1028 | LC 08129
Recorded on September 10th, 11th and 12th 2012 (instrumental songs) and August 12th 2013 (vocal songs), mixed & mastered in January 2014 at SOUNDDESIGN Studio by Christoph Kapfer. Distributed by Sounddesign Austria, Peter Guschelbauer.

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John B. Williams 5tet: "AFRICAN QUEEN"

ALR 1028 | John B Williams was born in New York and lives in Los Angeles. In the bass player´s world he is highly esteemed, he played with almost all jazz giants and started his career in the Horace Silver quintet. John B studied at Ron Carter and played for years in the Jonny Carson show.

TRACKLIST / SOUNDS
Silver's Serenade / Sister Sadie / Happy Medium / It's Time / Cape Verdean Blues / Peace / Brain Wave / The Kicker / Senior Blues / The African Queen

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ARTISTS:
Andy Middleton
- sax
Lorenz Raab - trumpet
Oliver Kent - piano
John B Williams - bass
Klemens Marktl - drums
Jessica Williams
- vocals on track 3,6,9

Der in Los Angeles lebende John B. Williams ist einer der angesehendsten Bassisten in den USA. Er spielte mit fast allen Größen der Jazzmusik, lernte bei Ron Carter, spielte jahrelang in der Johnny Carson Show, der ersten und wahrscheinlich wichtigsten late night show in den USA, die nach Carsons Rückzug nach fast 30 Jahren Jay Leno übernahm.

John B tourte danach einige Jahre mit Michael Wolf, Bennie Maupin und vor allem mit der Vokalgruppe Manhattan Transfer, bevor er sich nun gänzlich auf seine Solokarriere konzentrierte. Er hat eine eigene Band in Los Angeles, er lernte aber nach einem Konzert mit Michal Wolf den Musikproduzenten Peter Guschelbauer kennen und nach einem Manhattan Transfer Konzert in Linz beschlossen die beiden zusammen zu arbeiten und produzierten im Sounddesign Tonstudio in Hagenberg ein erstes Album mit österreichischer Band.

Es wurde ein Album das eher seinem Vater gewidmet war, der aus Jamaica stammte und John B schrieb Musik im karibischen Stil. Seine Frau Jessica Williams sang 2 wunderschöne Balladen darauf, was automatisch dazu führte seine Frau in die Band zu integrieren. Gemeinsam tourten sie mehrere Male durch Österreich, Deutschland und Tschechien.

Bald kam die Nachfrage nach einer weiteren CD und John B erinnerte sich an seinen alten Lehrmeister Horace Silver in dessen Band er spielte und dem er viel zu verdanken hatte. Mit dem Horace Silver 5tet spielte John B einige Jahre darunter auch das erste Mal in Österreich und zwar 1968 im Konzerthaus in Wien in folgender Besetzung:

Horace Silver - piano, Randy Brecker - trumpet, Bennie Maupin - sax, John B. Williams - bass, Billy Cobham - drums

Heute würde man dazu eine All Star Band sagen, denn diese Band war wahrlich prominent besetzt.

John B. dachte daran eine "tribute to Horace Silver CD" einzuspielen, sein Produzent Peter Guschelbauer war von der Idee begeistert und so nahm man die Aufnahmen in Angriff.
Da John B von der Qualität der österreichischen Musiker schon von seinen Erfahrungen in den Jahren davor total überzeugt war, stellte man wiederum eine tolle österreichische Band zusammen. Und wiederum sang Jessica Williams 3 Titel ein und wird natürlich auch immer wieder mit der Band touren. 7 Instrumentaltitel wurden im März 2013 aufgenommen, die Gesangstitel wurden am Vortag zu dem Auftritt im Rahmen der Festwochen Gmunden wiederum im Sounddesign Tonstudio in Hagenberg am 12. August 2013 eingespielt, womit die CD fertig aufgenommen war. Sie wird African Queen heißen und im Jänner 2014 veröffentlicht werden.

Menza - Chicco - Reiter: "NON DIMENTICAR"

ALR 1027 | LC 08129
Recorded on Nov. 7th and 8th, 2012 live at the Jazzland, Vienna by Ulrich Goebel. Mixed in Sept. and Oct. 2013 in Vienna by Ulrich Goebel. Mastered in Nov. 2013 by Christoph Kapfer. Distributed by Sounddesign Austria, Peter Guschelbauer.

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Menza - Chicco - Reiter: "NON DIMENTICAR"

ALR 1027 | What started out to be a very short last minute tour two years ago turned out to be a really very satisfying musical experience for Don Menza, Bernd Reiter and Renato Chicco. What you hear on this CD is a result of that tour - recorded live at Jazzland in Vienna.

TRACKLIST / SOUNDS
All of Me / Somewhere Over the Rainbow / No Moe / All the Things You Are / The Last Train From Leibnitz / You Don't Know What Love Is / Non Dimenticar

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Don Menza (USA) - tenorsax
Renato Chicco (ITA)
- KeyB organ
Bernd Reiter (A)
- drums

"Here goes!!!
What started out to be a very short last minute tour two years ago turned out to be a really very satisfying musical experience for me. Bernd organized a few concerts in Germany, Austria and Italy.
Logistically it was a bit diffi cult but we made it work. The drive from Garmisch to Trieste was exhausting and I was afraid we had left all our energy in Garmisch but after listening to a recording of the nite in Trieste, Bernd suggested we record a live album on our next tour.
What you hear on this CD is a result of that tour - recorded live at Jazzland in Vienna. The selections are self explanatory and all show the enthusiasm and musicality of Renato and Bernd. I‘m proud to have been a part of this group and I hope that we will have many more opportunities to play together.
Thank you Bernd and Renato, Don Menza."

Bettina Krenosz: "DOUBLE RAINBOW"

ALR 1026 | LC 08129
Recorded, mixed & mastered at SOUNDDESIGN Studio, Peter Guschelbauer, Hagenberg/Austria August/September 2010 by Christoph Kapfer. Distributed by Sounddesign Austria, Peter Guschelbauer.

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Bettina Krenosz: "Double Rainbow"

ALR 1026 | Das "Bettina Krenosz JazzQuartett" ist das perfekte Zusammenspiel von vier international agierenden Musikern, die die reichhaltigen Facetten des Jazz in seiner kammermusikalischen Trio + Vocal-Form zelebrieren.

TRACKLIST / SOUNDS
On a Clear Day / Bein' Green / Love You Madly / My One and Only Love / Double Rainbow / It's Alright With Me / Estate / Nobody Else But Me / Smile / Just Squeeze Me / You Taught My Heart To Sing

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Bettina Krenosz (A) - voice
Ryan Langer (USA/A)
- piano
Robert Goodenough (USA/A)
- bass
Wolfgang Dorer (A)
- drums

Das "Bettina Krenosz JazzQuartett" ist das perfekte Zusammenspiel von vier international agierenden Musikern, die sich zusammengefunden haben, um die reichhaltigen Facetten des Jazz in seiner kammermusikalischen Trio + Vocal-Form zu zelebrieren.

Dabei ist die unverwechselbare und ausdrucksstarke Stimme von Bettina Krenosz ein unverzichtbarer Teil der Darbietungen. Einfach "gute Musik", viele sagen Jazz dazu,... inspiriert, kompetent und ehrlich interpretiert.

Es ist dies Bettina's Debutalbum und sie bedient sich gemeinsam mit ihrem Klavier Trio in großartiger Weise am "american songbook", von Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, McCoy Tyner bis zu Jerome Kern ist alles in ihrem Repertoire.

 

 

Vid Jamnik Quartet: "LAST MINUTE"

ALR 1025 | LC 08129
Recorded by Boštjan Podlesnik - Bopsi at Studio Melopoja, Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia. Mixed by Wolfgang Vrecar. Distributed by Sounddesign Austria, Peter Guschelbauer. Photos by Slavko Rajh & Vid Jamnik

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Vid Jamnik Quartet: "LAST MINUTE"

ALR 1025 |

TRACKLIST / SOUNDS
Black Nile / Delaunay's Dilemma / Emily / Mary Ann / Last Minute / Estate / 8/4 Beat / Polkadots and Moonbeams / If I Were a Bell / Turnin' Round / Song For My Brother

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ARTISTS:
Vid Jamnik
- vibraphone
Stane Hebar - guitar
Luka Herman Gaiser - double bass
Bernd Reiter - drums
Nicole Herzog - vocals
Jim Rotondi - trumpet, flugelhorn
Rob Bargad - piano, Hammond organ

The leader of the band is a young Slovenian vibraphone player Vid Jamnik, whose work is enthralling audiences far outside the borders of Slovenia as well and who belongs to the most talented young musicians in this part of Europe. Despite his young career, he has already played with many illustrious names of jazz.
The band was formed by expanding the Vid Jamnik Trio, which was joined by an excellent Austrian drummer Bernd Reiter, a graduate of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. Vid is a student at the Carinthian State Conservatory in Vid Jamnik Quartet (Slo\A)
Klagenfurt and Stane and Luka are graduates of the same school, where the trio was also first formed. Bernd and Vid have already played on many European stages before.
Vid Jamnik Quartet has already played many concerts (among others also on the Lent festival in Maribor, Slovenia and in Royal Garden Jazz Club in Graz, Austria) and also made a recording for the Slovenian National Television's programme called »Slovenian jazz scene«.
The group plays jazz standards and originals as well as own compositions of its members.

Leopoldo F. Fleming & Christian Gonsior: "TRATO COMÚN"

ALR 1023 | LC 08129
Recorded Aug. 23, 2012 at Kaleidoscopesound, Union City, New Jersey; Premix: Kyle Cassel and Christian Gonsior, Mixing & Mastering: Oliver Brunbauer at Feedbackstudio 2 Vienna, Austria, November 2012. Distributed by Sounddesign Austria.

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Leopoldo F. Fleming & Christian Gonsior: "TRATO COMÚN"

ALR 1023 | Legendary veteran percussionist Leopoldo F. Fleming and Austrian saxophonist Christian Gonsior present their collaborative work consisting of four originals by Leopoldo, four by Christian, and one Puerto Rican standard boléro by Paquito López Vidal (arranged by Leopoldo).

TRACKLIST / SOUNDS
Uganda Kobb / Love In the Cloisters (Uthando) / Freedom In Mind / Bamacum / Sambesi's Song / Bomba Misteriosa / Esperame En El Cielo / Fulano De Tal / Chano, Willie, Mongo, Patato Y Tata

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ARTISTS:
Leopoldo F. Fleming - percussion, coro
Christian Gonsior
- tenorsaxophone, flute (8)
José Mangual Jr.
- vocals, coro
Dinah Vero
- piano
Joel Diamond
- piano (7 & 9)
Alex Hernández
- bass
Emilio Valdés
- drums, timbales (8), coro
Annette Blichmann
- coro (8)

Bekannt als versierter und gefühlvoller Begleitmusiker und Solist an den verschiedensten Perkussionsintrumenten mit Stars wie Miriam Makeba, Nina Simone, Randy Weston, Harry Belafonte, Eartha Kitt, Lonnie Liston Smith, Archie Shepp, Boys' Choir of Harlem, spielte und tourte Leopoldo mit dem Who-is-Who der internationalen Jazzszene während der letzten 50 Jahre.

Durch die Initiative des langjährigen Freundes und Saxophonisten Christian Gonsior und dessen Liebe zu Rhythmen afrikanischer Herkunft und Modern Jazz konnte diese Aufnahme realisiert werden. Die Musikerfreunde Emilio Valdés an Schlagzeug und Timbales, Sänger José Mangual Jr., Dinah Vero und Joel Diamond am Klavier und Alex Hernández am Bass tragen mit ihrer Professionalität und Kreativität zum Gelingen des konzeptuellen Projekts bei. Gegensätze überwindend steht der Titel "Trato Común" (Gegenseitige Übereinkunft) für Liebe über die Kontinente hinaus, für das gegenseitige Verständnis und das Vertrauen zueinander.

 

Crossing Borders : "TRAPEZOID"

ALR 1022 | LC 08129
Recorded & mixed March 14-17, 2012; mastered May 24, 2012 at SOUNDDESIGN Studio, Peter Guschelbauer, 4232 Hagenberg / Austria, by Christoph Kapfer. Produced by Ole and Per Mathisen, executive producer Peter Guschelbauer, Distributed by Sounddesign Austria. Artwork: Reynhard Boegl, Photography: Ulrike Wingelhofer, CSTIWA group
01, 04, 05, 08: TONO / O. Mathisen Publishing ASCAP - 02, 03, 06, 09: TONO - 07, 10: SOZA

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Crossing Borders: "TRAPEZOID"

ALR 1022 | One of the most demanded European bass players, Per Mathisen, has formed with his New York based brother Ole Mathisen and two of the best jazz musicians from Slovakia, Juraj Burian and Martin Valiohora, a new supergroup.

TRACKLIST / SOUNDS
Geometry 1: Trapezoid / Skumringstimen / 16 Knödeln / Geometry 3: Octagon / Geometry 2: Triangle / Zahorska Scenery / Obsession / One Line (for Schoenberg) / Android City / The Cookie Man

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ARTISTS:
Ole Mathisen - sax
Per Mathisen
- bass
Juraj Burian
- guitar
Martin Valihora
- drums

Ole Mathisen, einer der besten Saxophonisten New York's und sein Bruder Per, einer der gefragtesten Bassisten in Norwegen, treffen auf die beiden besten Musiker, die die Slowakei jemals hervorgebracht hatte, nämlich den Gitarristen Juraj Burian und Schlagzeuger Martin Valihora. Dieses musikalische Treffen ist hoch explosiv, alle 4 Musiker sind phänomenal auf ihrem Instrument und zusammen sind sie einfach pures Dynamit. Man hört atemberaubende Soli, wunderbare Zwischenspiele, schöne Sounds und Melodien, immer mit einer gewissen Wärme dem Publikum gegenüber und einem gewinnenden Sinn für Humor. Obwohl das Quartett dem Bereich des elektrischen Jazz zuzurechnen ist, wird man Sounds, Rhythmen, Akkorde und Melodien hören, die aus einem breiten Bereich musikalischer Genres entnommen worden sind.   

Die einzelnen Titeln wurden von Ole, Per und Juraj geschrieben, alle in einer Art und Weise, die dem Musiker größtmögliche persönliche Freiheit zur Interpretation und vor allem zur Improvisation lassen.

Die Liste der weltbekannten Musiker und Künstler mit denen die Mitglieder von Crossing Borders gespielt haben ist endlos, Mike Stern, Ron Carter, Peter Erskine, Omar Hakim, Alex Acuna, Bill Bruford, Jojo Mayer, Eddie Gomez, Gil Goldstein, Lee Ritenour, Hiromi, Dream Theater, Darryl Jones, Randy Brecker, Abraham Laboriel, Antonio Sanchez, Geri Allen, Jerry Donohue, Gary Husband, Hiram Bullock, etc. etc. um nur einige zu nennen. Alle haben auch hoch gerühmte CDs unter ihrem eigenen Namen veröffentlicht.

Für weitere Informationen:
Ole Mathisen: http://www.myspace.com/olemathisen
Per Mathisen: http://www.myspace.com/permathisen
Juraj Burian: http://www.myspace.com/jurajburian
Martin Valihora: http://www.myspace.com/martinvalihora

 

Trio Akkzent: "SO ODER SO"

ALR 1021 | LC 08129
Composed by Paul Schuberth (01-11) and Johannes Münzner (12)
Recorded, mixed & mastered 2012, Distributed by Sounddesign Austria, Peter Guschelbauer.

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Trio Akk:zent: "SO ODER SO"

ALR 1021 | Three young and very talented musicians on their way to the top of the world jazz music scene. Tangos, orchestral sounds and diverse music stiles are mixed to a great cocktail of accordion music. 

TRACKLIST / SOUNDS
Jumping Through the Green / Stup / Liberte 3 / Tanz Der Barbaren Im Donaudelta / Trava / Inje / Tango Alentando / Laub / Ahavoitua / Desine / La Cancion De La Confluencia / Saxomove

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ARTISTS:
Paul Schuberth - accordion, vocals
Johannes Münzner - accordion, diatonic harmonica, didgeridoo
Victoria Pfeil - all saxes


Es war fast so etwas wie musikalische Liebe auf den ersten Blick, als sich die beiden für ihr Alter schon erfahrenen Akkordeonspieler Paul Schuberth (18) aus Steyr und Johannes Münzner (21) aus Wien bei einem Akkordeonworkshop von Professor Friedrich Lips in Imst trafen. Ein ähnliches Verständnis von Musik und dieselben Vorbilder führte sie zusammen und prägt nun auch ihre Musik.
Zusammen mit der ebenfalls aus Steyr stammenden und vier Saxophone beherrschenden Jungmusikerin Victoria Pfeil (17) eröffnen sich dem Zuhörer in dieser neuen Besetzung neue klangliche Erfahrungen, die bisherige Erfahrungswerte mit den Instrumenten Akkordeon und Saxophon bei weitem übertreffen.

Das Trio sprengt Grenzen, die zuvor für längst nicht mehr existierend gehalten wurden. Der Titel der neuen CD "so oder so", zeigt auf doppeldeutige Weise, dass die drei Jungmusiker sich dessen vollauf bewusst sind, dass sich ihre Musik nicht leicht einordnen lässt - denn sie machen es ja so oder so "so oder so".

Anna Lauvergnac: "UNLESS THERE'S LOVE"

ALR 1020 | LC 08129
Recorded, mixed & mastered 2011 / Trieste, Italy. Distributed by Sounddesign Austria, Peter Guschelbauer.

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Anna Lauvergnac: "UNLESS THERE'S LOVE"

ALR 1020 | Anna Lauvergnac sings, simply, as one should sing. Not only she sings perfectly in tune but her voice is full of pathos, energy, poetry and emotion. Anna, together with her extraordinary travelling companions, has built up a complex architecture, that in its apparent simplicity is directed toward music only.

TRACKLIST / SOUNDS
The Great City / Since I Fell For You / Senza Fine / Speak Low / Why Don't You Do Right / Tell Me More And More And Then Some / Social Call / Travelling Light / You Know Who / Lonely Town

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ARTISTS:
Anna Lauvergnac
- vocals
Claus Raible
- piano
Giorgos Antoniou
- double bass
Howard Curtis
- drums

"Anna singt aus ihrem Herzen", hat Sheila Jordan einmal über die längjährige Sängerin des Vienna Art Orchestra gesagt. Daher, so möchte man ergänzen, besitzt sie auch die Fähigkeit die Herzen der Menschen zu berühren. Das belegt ihr aktuelles Programm "Unless There's Love" mit gänsehautverdächtigen Interpretationen eher selten gesungener Standards.  Es gibt viele Sängerinnen mit einer schönen Stimme, die sich von swingenden Gefährten begleiten lassen; wenige besitzen aber wie Anna Lauvergnac die Fähigkeit, im Zusammenwirken mit vier exzellenten Könnern, die zugleich "ihre Brüder, ihre besten Freunde" sind, beglückende Kommunikation zum intensiven Erlebnis machen. Und während noch der verwöhnteste, anspruchsvollste Jazzpurist zum akustischen Genießer wird, wird auch Jazzneulingen an so einem Abend erfahrbar, was
diese Musik sein kann: Nicht nur eine Show, bei der Fertigkeiten vorgeführt werden, sondern ein Akt der Liebe. (Marcus A. Woelfle)

In Kritikerkreisen wird Anna Lauvergnac zu Recht als großartige Jazz- und Soulsängerin gerühmt, deren mit weichem Timbre versehene Stimme erfüllt ist von Leidenschaft, Energie, Poesie und Emotion. Doch trotz dieser Klassifizierung lässt sich die markante Künstlerin kaum in die Jazzschublade pressen.
Zusammen mit den versierten Musikern des "International Quartets", zeigte die faszinierende Persönlichkeit höchste Bühnenpräsenz. Dabei glänzte Anna Lauvergnac mit ihrer scheinbar beliebig modulierbaren, Timbre geladenen, warmen und schönen Stimme und ihrem ganz persönlichen, unverkennbaren Stil. (Johanne Seifert)

Wonderful. Honest, and real, and soulful. (Sheila Jordan)

Anna Lauvergnac sings, simply, as one should sing. (Paolo Fresu)

She’s all the expression you need and want from a beautiful singer (Mark Murphy)

Praised by Sheila Jordan, Lauvergnac shares that veteran jazz artist's willingness to risk unusual musical efforts, regardless of the potential consequences. (Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times)

 

Andy Middleton Trio: "THREE HEARTS, THREE MINDS"

ALR 1019 | LC 08129
Recorded, mixed & mastered April 2008 at SOUNDDESIGN Studio, Peter Guschelbauer, Hagenberg/Austria, 2011 by Christoph Kapfer. Distributed by Sounddesign Austria, Peter Guschelbauer.

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Andy Middleton Trio: "THREE HEARTS, THREE MINDS"

ALR 1019 | Andy Middleton has long been considered by critics and his peers to be one of the world's toptier jazz saxophonists. While a technically masterful player, Middleton's solos have rather been noted for their power of inspired imagination, rhythmic drive, lyricism and adventurous energy.

TRACKLIST / SOUNDS
Yukon Flats / Thing-A-Ma-Jig / Finally / Zlaty Bazant / Wiggly Waggly / Alter Schwede / Fraptious Day / Hex for Lex / Linear Coordinates / Forward Motion / Fuzzroom

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ARTISTS:
Andy Middleton
- soprano, tenor saxophone
Robert Jukic
- double bass
Owen Howard
- drums

Andy Middleton ist ein mit Preisen und Ehrungen überschütterter amerikanischer Tenor und Sopran Saxophonist, der sich vor einigen Jahren in Wien angesiedelt hat. Zu diesem Zeitpunkt, das kann man ruhig so sagen, war er bereits ein Star, es gibt Lobesworte von allen möglichen Größen des Jazz wie zB Randy Brecker oder David Liebman, er hat CDs veröffentlicht mit außergewöhnlichen Musikern wie Dave Holland, Ralph Towner, Randy Brecker, Maria Schneider, Kenny Wheeler, Lionel Hampton, Bob Mintzer, Joey Calderazzo, Bill Evans, Adam Nussbaum und John Abercrombie, um nur einige zu nennen.

Er ist in Harrisburg, PA, geboren und hat sein Diplom in Komposition an der Universität von Miami abgelegt. Und das sollte auch entscheidend für seine weitere Entwicklung sein, Andy Middleton ist nicht nur ein herausragender Solist, sondern auch ein außergewöhnlicher Komponist. Das sollte ihm bei seinem fast 20-jährigem Wirken in der New Yorker Szene zu Ruhm und Ehren gereichen. Viele  Kompositionsauszeichnungen bezeugen dies.

Das neue Album „Three Hearts, Three Minds“ wurde nach einer Europa Tournee des Trios Middleton / Jukic / Howard in Peter Guschelbauers Sounddesign Studio in Hagenberg eingespielt und nun anlässlich eines Konzertes im Wiener Jazzland veröffentlicht und präsentiert.

Alle 3 Musiker haben hier gleichberechtigt Kompositionen eingebracht, was zu einer sehr abwechslungsreichen CD beigetragen hat.

Stringzone II: "COOKIN' AT HVALER"

ALR 1018 | LC 08129
Recorded, mixed & mastered in Frank Brodahl's "Trumpet Jungle Records Studio" at Hvaler, Norway. Distributed by Sounddesign Austria, Peter Guschelbauer.

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Stringzone II: "COOKIN' AT HVALER"

ALR 1018 | This recording you're about to listen to is a result of 4 musicians getting together and having fun. It's a 100% product of enjoyment from start to end. Per & Stig Roar had been talking about making a new String Zone record for a long time.

TRACKLIST / SOUNDS
Playin' For A Reason / Mads In Forest / Funk For A Fancy Lady / Nightzone / Cobra King / The Bunch / Goa / The C Sharp Man

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ARTISTS:
Stig Roar Wigestrand
- bass-violin
Per Mathisen
- electric & upright acoustic basses
Roy Powell
- grand piano, keyboards
Eirik-André Rydningen
- drums

Dieses neue Album wurde nach einer Europa Tournee des Trios Middleton/Jukic/Howard im Sounddesign Studio in Hagenberg eingespielt und anlässlich eines Konzertes im Wiener Jazzland veröffentlicht und präsentiert.

Still Experienced: "THE IDEA OF GIL EVANS..."

ALR 1017 | LC 08129
All titles written by Jimi Hendrix. Arrangements written by Christoph Cech. Recorded, mixed & mastered at SOUNDDESIGN Studio, Peter Guschelbauer, Hagenberg/Austria September/October 2010 by Christoph Kapfer. Distributed by Sounddesign Austria, Peter Guschelbauer.

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Still Experienced: "THE IDEA OF GIL EVANS..."

ALR 1017 | Still Experienced started on September 18th, the 40th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix passing away a new album, according to the idea of the great Gil Evans, Jimi´s music with horns. Still Experienced expanded the trio to a 12 piece band with 6 horns, backing vocals, bluesharp etc. ...we hope Jimi will like it.

TRACKLIST / SOUNDS
Crosstown Traffic / Foxy Lady / Little Wing / Stone Free / Red House / Purple Haze / Bold As Love / Burning Down The Midnight Lamp / Freedom / Manic Depression / Fire / The Wind Cries Mary

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ARTISTS:
Peter Guschelbauer
- bass, organ, backing vocals
Chris Haller
- guitar, lead vocals
Andreas Szelegowitz
- drums
Bernhard Welz
- drums

Special guests: Reynhard Boegl (harp), Gabriella Hänninen (voc), Barbara Schachinger-Hiesinger (voc), Charly Schmid (ts), Fabian Rucker (bs), Clemens Salesny (as), Daniel Nösig (tp), Hermann Mayr (tb), Gerald Silber (tp)

John B. Williams: "ARABESQUE"

ALR 1016 | LC 08129
All songs composed by John B. Williams except "So You Say" (Djavan/Amanda McBroom) and "Arabesque" (Paul Motian). Recorded, mixed & mastered at SOUNDDESIGN Studio, Peter Guschelbauer, Hagenberg / Austria, April 2009 by Christoph Kapfer. Produced by Peter Guschelbauer for Alessa Records. Published by Sounddesign Musikverlag. Distributed by sounddesign austria, Peter Guschelbauer. Special guests on background vocals: Peter Guschelbauer & Family (Uli and Alexandra Atteneder)

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John B. Williams: "ARABESQUE"

ALR 1016 | "The arabesque is an artistic motif that is characterized by the application of repeating geometric forms and fancifully combined patterns; they symbolize the infinite…" John B Williams, the New York born and in Los Angeles living bass player presents his first studio CD as a leader.

TRACKLIST / SOUNDS
Gratitude / My Favorite Samba / Love the One / Juan Latino / So You Say / Samba de la Compasa / Arabesque / You're With Me / Star Search

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ARTISTS:
John B. Williams - acoustic & electric basses
Jessica Williams
- vocals on 2 & 5
Karen Asatrian
- piano, keyboards
Robert Pockfuss
- guitars
Klemens Marktl
- drums
Luis Ribeiro
- percussion
Charly Schmid
- tenor sax on 8
Llew Matthews
- keyboards on 5

"The arabesque is an artistic motif that is characterized by the application of repeating geometric forms and fancifully combined patterns; they symbolize the infinite ..."
... One could say the same of the jazz music of John B. Williams.

Music can relax, it can energize, it can arouse powerful emotions, and it can also take you on a cavation from the dreary, the dull, the dark and the small. In "Arabesque" John B. and his band of revelers instead take us to the lands of sun and surf and samba, where love is hot and the music hotter.     
John B. Willams    
      
The world is getting smaller every day and musicians and music styles from all over the globe coming together in a fusion of sounds and rhythms, and amen to all !  
      
John B. Williams Band at studio     And so you have Karen Asatrian (Bösendorfer acoustic piano and electric keyboards) from Armenia, Klemens Marktl (drums) and Robert Pockfuss (guitars) from Austria, Luis Ribeiro (percussions) from Brazil, Llew Matthews (keyboards on "So You Say") and John B. (basses) and his stunning wife (musically and otherwise!) Jessica (vocals) from the USA, each combing their passion, their heritage and their musical gifts to transport us to distant horizons.  
      
So dive into the beats, swim far out into the warm ocean waters of tropical rhythms, have a mojito or a cold beer or a local caipirinha and a tall glass of caldinho de feijáo at the local hangout. Fall in love for the night with a dark-haired beauty (hombre or mujer!), sleep late and then dance the samba, rumba and mamba like your life depended on it. Because it does. That's what the music is for; it's what John B. and his amazing compadres have done here in "Arabesque": remind us all to live. (Bradley Rand Smith)   

 
John B. studierte Bass bei Ron Carter und war das erste Mal im Jahre 1968 mit dem Horace Silver Quintet in Österreich. Am Schlagzeug war damals Billy Cobham, Randy Brecker an der Trompete und Bennie Maupin am Saxophon. Er spielte in der Folge in der Billy Cobham Band die Alben “Spectrum”, “Crosswind”, etc. ein, und war als Sideman mit Musikern wie Hugh Masekela, Dizzy Gillespie, Leon Thomas, Kenny Burrell, Jon Hendricks, Horace Parlan, Jimmy Smith, Grady Tate, Sir Roland Hanna unterwegs und nahm Platten mit Roy Ayers, Bobby Hutcherson, Harold Land, Johnny Hammond Smith, Count Basie, Louis Armstrong und Benny Carter auf.
Nach einigen Jahren in der Johnny Carson Show und der Arsenio Hall Show tourte er mit Nancy Wilson und war die letzten 3 Jahre mit Manhattan Transfer unterwegs.

Jetzt will er sich ausschließlich auf seine Solokarriere konzentrieren, diese CD ist seine erste als Leader !!

Klemens Marktl's Free Spirit Quartet: "LIVE"

ALR 1015 | LC 08129
All songs composed by Klemens Marktl. Recorded live February 3rd 2008 at Porgy & Bess, Vienna. Recording engineer Martin Vetters. Mixed and mastered by Christoph Kapfer, Peter Guschelbauer & Klemens Marktl. Produced by Klemens Marktl for Alessa Records. Published by Sounddesign Musikverlag. Distributed by Sounddesign Austria, Peter Guschelbauer.

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Klemens Marktl's Free Spirit Quartet: "LIVE"

ALR 1015 | Drummer and composer Klemens Marktl, an Austrian born jazz musician, who lived in the last years mainly in Den Haag, Amsterdam and New York presents on this album his world class quartet.

TRACKLIST / SOUNDS
The Opener / Wiedergeburtsorganisationsblues / Darkness / Bobby / Sounds Of A City / Song for Rosa / When Eric met Ornette

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ARTISTS:
Klemens Marktl - drums
Johannes Enders
- saxes
Peter Madsen
- piano
Milan Nikolic
- bass

Der 1976 in Klagenfurt geborene Drummer und Komponist Klemens Marktl, der in den vergangenen Jahren hauptsächlich in Den Haag, Amsterdam und New York lebte und musizierte, präsentiert hier sein mit Weltklasse-Musikern besetztes Quartet.
Durch seine ständigen musikalischen Aktivitäten in New York macht Klemens Marktl immer wieder die Bekanntschaft zu großartigen internationalen Musikern und ladet diese dann für Tourneen nach Europa ein.
In seinen Bands spielten bereits Jazzgrößen wie z. B. Seamus Blake, Chris Cheek, Aaron Goldberg, John Swana, George Garzone, Rob Bargad, Matt Penman,...
    
Das Quartet von Klemens Marktl kann man durchaus als Sensation betrachten.
Die Tasten bedient der aus New York stammende Pianist Peter Madsen. Sein Spiel wird besonders von Energie und Harmoniereichtum geprägt. Er spielte bereits in den Bands von Stan Getz, Stanley Turrentine, Joe Lovano, Maceo Parker,...
Gemeinsam mit dem Drummer Klemens Marktl sorgt der aus Serbien stammende Bassist Milan Nikolic für das Fundament dieser Band. Sie haben sich in New York kennengelernt und intensivierten ihr spannendes Zusammenspiel auf zahlreichen Sessions und Bandprojekten. Milan Nicolic wurde ein Fixpunkt der österreichischen Jazzszene und spielte u. a. mit Benny Golson, Johnathan Blake, Renato Chicco, … . Sein Basspiel wird besonders von rhythmischer Flexibilität, starkem Groove und großen Sound geprägt.
Das Saxophon spielt der aus Deutschland stammende Johannes Enders, welcher bereits durch internationale Projekte wie z. B. Enders Room, Endgrad, Billy Hart Trio, … ein Fixpunkt der europäischen Jazzszene ist.
Durch seinen warmen Ton und einfallsreicher Melodik bekommen die Kompositionen von Klemens Marktl den richtigen Glanz.

Diese großartigen Musiker für sein eigenes Bandprojekt zu gewinnen spricht für das Können des jungen Kärntner Musikers.

 

Acuna / Hoff / Mathisen: "JUNGLE CITY"

ALR 1014 | LC 08129
Recorded and mixed at SOUNDDESIGN Studio by Christoph Kapfer. Produced by Jan Gunnar Hoff and Per Mathisen for alessa records. Distributed by sounddesign austria, Peter Guschelbauer.

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Acuna / Hoff / Mathisen: "JUNGLE CITY"

ALR 1014 | Per Mathisen and Jan Gunnar Hoff invited the former Weather Report drummer and percussionist Alex Acuna to a latin music festival at the polar circle. Alex was enthusiastic about these two great musicians and they decided to record an album. Per called his friend Peter Guschelbauer and you can hear the result on this beautiful CD.

TRACKLIST / SOUNDS
Jungle City / Jangala / Blessing / One For Jaco / Voices / Maya Pejo / Det Bästa / Africa / Visions / Tribute / NightZone

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ARTISTS:
Alex Acuna
- drums, percussion
Jan Gunnar Hoff - piano, keyboards
Per Mathisen - electric & acoustic bass

CD-Review bei "all about Jazz".

Joris Dudli Sextet: "A REWARDING JOURNEY"

ALR 1013 | LC 08129
Produced by Joris Dudli. Distributed by Sounddesign Austria, Peter Guschelbauer.

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Joris Dudli Sextet: "A REWARDING JOURNEY"

ALR 1013 | In the late 1980's, it was US trompeter Art Farmer who played a major role in connecting Dudli with the New York Jazzszene. Until today, New York is an important base for Dudli. The most recent recordings with Vincent Herring's Earth Jazz Agents along with Anthony Wonsey and Richie Goods are proof of Dudli’s versatility.

TRACKLIST / SOUNDS
Can't Buy Me Love / Jean de fleur / Along Came Betty / One for the Tradition / Here's My Little Girl / Evidence / You Got Soul / Hopeless Romantic / Jumping With Nat / Changed

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ARTISTS:
Bastian Stein - trumpet, flugelhorn
Bernhard Wiesinger
- saxes
Christian Havel
- guitar
Anthony Wonsey
- piano
Milan Nikolic
- bass
Joris Dudli
- drums

SPECIAL GUESTS USA:
Benny Golson - tenor sax
Vincent Herring - alto sax
Jeremy Pelt - trumpet
SPECIAL GUESTSAUT:
Oliver Kent - piano
Erwin Schmidt - organ.

Zur Besetzung:
Diese CD ist eine Art Zusammenfassung einer über 30 jährigen musikalischen Reise. Alles begann in den 70er Jahren in Wien, bei Austropop- Produktionen von Ambros bis Fendrich und vielen Jam- Sessions mit Musikern von Puschnig und Sokal bis Fritz Pauer und Karl Ratzer, der Entstehung von Vienna Art Orchestra und dem Art Farmer Quintett.
Dann kamen insgesamt fast 10 Jahre New York, die mir die Gelegenheit gaben, die Tiefen des Jazz zu erforschen und mit den Größten der Szene mitzumischen. Mit einem Adressbuch voller bekannten und weniger bekannten, doch nicht weniger talentierten, Jazzmusikern etablierte ich mich dann wieder in Österreich und formte mit Hilfe meiner in USA gewonnenen Kontakten Projekte, von denen es Touren und CD-Aufnahmen gab (darunter die Hip Hop und R&B-Band "Yoiz" und das Gemeinschaftsprojekt "Earth Jazz Agents" mit Vincent Herring und nicht zuletzt ein eigenes Jazz Quintett), für die natürlich auch immer neues Material geschrieben werden musste.
So haben sich im Laufe der Jahre die Kompositionen aus mehreren Stilen angesammelt und sich außerdem auch eine neue, ideale Besetzung herauskristallisiert, nämlich ein Sextett mit 2 Bläsern und Gitarre. Gitarre vor allem deshalb, um die "Funk" Elemente besser herausheben zu können, aber nicht zuletzt, weil sich Christian Havel durch seine Vielseitigkeit und hochkarätiges Spiel in fast allen meinen Bands zu einem unentbehrlichen Partner gemacht hat.
Mit den zwei ganz jungen, hervorragenden Talenten Bernhard Wiesinger und Bastian Stein als Frontline und dem phantastischen Milan Nikolic am Bass hat sich der Kern des Sextetts geformt.
    
Zu den Gästen:     
Durch die regelmäßigen Touren der "Earth Jazz Agents" in Europa haben sich die perfekten Gäste für die Aufnahme angeboten. Mit Vincent Herring und Anthony Wonsey besteht schon lange eine musikalische Dauerfreundschaft und so mancher meiner Songs hat seinen Weg in Vincent Herrings Bandmappe gefunden.
Fallweise ist auch Jeremy Pelt bei einer "Earth Jazz Agents"-Tour dabei, somit entstanden fast die gesamten Einspielungen an einem Tag vor einer Tour im März 2008.
Doch der mit Sicherheit exklusivste Gast ist natürlich Benny Golson und er kam erst ein halbes Jahr später nach Wien, wo wir jährlich eine Woche im Jazzland spielen (es ist wohl der Traum jedes Jazzmusikers, Benny Golson auf seiner eigenen CD Aufnahme zu hören...). Bei diesen 2 Tracks mit Benny war Oliver Kent der Pianist und genauso wie mit Erwin Schmidt, der mit seinem Orgel-Overdub "You Got Soul" verschönerte, verbindet mich auch mit ihm eine langjährige musikalische Freundschaft.     

Zur Musik:           
Viele meiner Bekannten und Fans bestätigen mir, dass "A Rewarding Journey" meine beste CD ist (hmm, Kunststück, es ist auch meine erste...!). Nein, im Ernst, ich habe einfach ebenfalls das Gefühl, dass das Album nicht besser hätte werden können. Wenn Freunde, die keine "hardcore" Jazzfans sind sagen, sie "spielen die CD 'rauf und 'runter", ist das für mich der beste Beweis, die Gratwanderung von Kreativsein, gutem Sound geschafft zu haben. (Joris Dudli)

 

Alex Pinter Quartet: "PAY 8 GET 10!"

ALR 1012 | LC 08129
Produced by Alex Pinter for alessa records. Distributed by sounddesign austria, peter guschelbauer.

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Alex Pinter Quartet: "PAY 8 GET 10!"

ALR 1012 | The Alex Pinter Quartet is a new young, fresh and modern sounding Jazz Combo, consisting of the routiniers Raphael Preuschl (b) and Peter Natterer (ss/ts), and prospective Berklee students Michael Kihn (dr) and bandleader and mastermind Alex Pinter (g).

TRACKLIST / SOUNDS
Motor 1 / Princesa / Everwhat / Robot's Game / Nowhere / Dombräu / Not Without / Your Smile / Dombräuer / Am Dombräuesten

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ARTISTS:
Alex Pinter
- guitar
Peter Natterer - tenor/soprano sax
Raphael Preuschl - bass
Michael Kihn - drums

Guests on track 07:
Herbert Pirker -drums
Martin Eberle - trumpet

Mit dem Alex Pinter Quartet gibt es eine weitere junge, erfreulich frisch und modern klingende neue Jazzformation, bestehend aus den trotz ihres jungen Alters als Routiniers zu bezeichnenden Raphael Preuschl (b) und Peter Natterer (ts/ss), ergänzt durch die beiden zukünftigen Berklee-Studenten Michael Kihn (dr) und Bandleader und Mastermind Alex Pinter (g).
Das Quartett bewegt sich auf der Suche nach einem eigenständigen Sound gerne stilübergreifend - Jazz am Puls der Zeit, der sich nicht scheut, Anleihen aus den quasi modernen Musikstilen wie z.B. Drum'n'Bass zu nehmen, ohne dabei jedoch zu vergessen, wo der Jazz seine Wurzeln hat. In diesem modernen Kontext wird sowohl "traditionell" improvisiert, als auch mit diversen Klangverfremdern improvisatorisch umgegangen. Formen werden eingehalten als auch spontan rearrangiert.     
Alex Pinter    
      
Alex Pinter Quartet     Auch soundtechnisch sind die 10 Songs des neuen Albums "PAY 8 GET 10!" nicht eindeutig zuzuordnen - auch hier ist eine gesunde Portion Jazztradition zu hören, dem aber auch das Bewusstsein des 21. Jahrhunderts gegenübersteht.
Mit Herbert Pirker (dr) und Martin Eberle (tp) haben sich auch 2 Gäste eingefunden, die man der österreichischen Jazzszene nicht weiter vorstellen muß.

Fazit: ein junger talentierter Vierer, der in Zukunft sicher noch von sich hören lassen wird - listening highly recommended!

 

Gino Sitson: "WAY TO GO"

ALR 1011 | LC 08129
All songs written, composed and arranged by Gino Sitson. Produced by Gino Sitson. Distributed by sounddesign austria, peter guschelbauer.

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Gino Sitson: "WAY TO GO"

ALR 1011 | An exciting and energetic combination of new sounds, where percussive grooves and enchanting vocals are intertwined with lyrical melodies. The concept, which has roots in the African tradition with hints of classical European and American jazz, makes the music and the experience of listening to it truly unique.

TRACKLIST / SOUNDS
Welcome / A Peaceful Journey / Way to Go / Magny Marcelline / Lucia / Nsi Keu Beu Zi / Just a Little Prayer / What'S Up? / Djila? / Fake / Mobwo / Daddy

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ARTISTS:
Gino Sitson - vocals, percussion, vocal instruments & effects, body percussion, sanza
Helio Alves
- piano
Lonnie Plaxico
- double bass
Willard Dyson
- drums

Modern Shape Quartet: "LAUBWALD"

ALR 1010 | LC 08129
Recorded May 2012 at TU Graz / Austria. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Raphael Kapeller. Distributed by Sounddesign Austria, Peter Guschelbauer.

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Modern Shape Quartet: "LAUBWALD"

ALR 1010 | The Modern Shape Quartet is a young Austrian jazz band, which embeds jazz into more modern sounds and forms. Contemporary harmonic structures, odd meters, electronic instruments are incorporated parts of the band sound. Goal is the perfect balance between composition and improvisation.

TRACKLIST / SOUNDS
05:59 / Desert Dance / Suite / Example / Arab Spring 01 / Arab Spring 02 / Lilting Landscapes / Laubwald / Electric Red

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ARTISTS:
Martin Gasser
- alto sax, EWI
David Gratzer
- electric-guitar
Philipp Kienberger
- electric-bass
Markus Fellner
- drums

Das Modern Shape Quartet ist eine junge österreichische Band, die den Sound des Jazz in moderne Klänge und Formen einbettet.

Schon die erste gemeinsame Probezeit wies den Weg: auf der Suche nach Identität, nach einer gegenwartsbezogenen, musikalischen Ausdrucksweise, wurde das Ausbrechen aus dem konventionellen Jazz-Kontext zur Notwendigkeit. Das anfängliche Jazz/Fusion-Programm wurde zunehmend von persönlicheren Eigenkompositionen abgelöst. Ein Ohr blieb dabei immer offen für das Schaffen anderer Künstler verschiedener musikalischer Genres.

Lange Liedformen, Zeitgenössische Harmonik, Odd Meter, 'free'-Teile die zur Interaktion anregen, als auch Exkurse in die elektronische Musik, sind fixe Bestandteile des Bandsounds. Ziel ist die perfekten Balance zwischen Komposition und Improvistion. Beim Musizieren werden Dynamiken ausgereizt: intime, zerbrechliche und  minimalistische Passagen wachsen zu bedrohlich dichten 'Noise-Gewittern' heran. 'Music from the dept of the soul to the hight of the universe.'

Geschult an der Eleganz des Jazz und gehärtet am Lärm der Stadt gehen die vier jungen Musiker keine Kompromisse ein, wenn sie zu ihren Instrumenten greifen. Gewagt wird viel, Exzess dennoch vermieden.

Zum Eintauchen in die musikalischen Gefühlswelten des Modern Shape Quartet empfiehlt sich ein Konzert-Besuch!

Memory Control: "THE WONDERFUL MUSIC GIVES HAPPY YOU"

ALR 1009 | LC 08129
Recorded December 13/14, 2011 at TSB. Mixed January 12, 2012 at TSB. Recorded, mixed & mastered by Roland Baumann. Distributed by Sounddesign Austria, Peter Guschelbauer.

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Memory Control: "THE WONDERFUL MUSIC GIVES HAPPY YOU"

ALR 1009 | Several stylistic elements of modern jazz, such as collective improvisation, extended modality, sound exploration, but also conventional playing over chord changes find their way into the group’s music. Both, Josef Wagner’s distinct compositional style and the originality of the musicians involved, save the music from being eclectic or arbitrary. The emotional spectrum on the record ranges from subtle chamber music to powerful rock elements.

TRACKLIST / SOUNDS
Alalia / Blue Cup / Bubbles / Bil / Hjuki / Green Cup / Melencolia I / Kiourdi / Monday

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ARTISTS:
Clemens Salesny -  saxes
Philipp Jagschitz
- piano
Josef Wagner
- bass
Thomas Froschauer
- drums

Das seit 2009 bestehende Quartett "Memory Control" um den Bassisten und Komponisten Josef Wagner hat mit "The Wonderful Music Gives Happy You" ein äußerst abwechslungsreiches und vielschichtiges Debütalbum abgeliefert.
Zahlreiche Spielarten des modernen Jazz wie Kollektivimprovisationen, erweiterte Modalität, Klangexperimente aber auch konventionelles Changes-Spiel finden Eingang in die Musik der Gruppe, wobei die kompositorische Handschrift Wagners sowie die stilistische Eigenständigkeit der beteiligten Musiker das Ergebnis vor Eklektizismus und Beliebigkeit bewahren. Die Ausdruckspalette auf "The Wonderful Music Gives Happy You" reicht von subtil-kammermusikalisch bis rockig-ekstatisch. Eine sensibel ausgewogene Ballade fehlt ebenso wenig wie "Monk"-Anklänge in verschlepptem New Orleans Groove oder ein melancholisch-romantisches Drum-Feature.
Der Saxofonist Clemens Salesny präsentiert sich auf Altsaxofon, Saxello und Bassklarinette wieder einmal als virtuos-expressiver Musiker, der stets das Interplay mit der Rhythmusgruppe sucht. Philipp Jagschitz an Klavier und Fender Rhodes agiert sowohl als hintergründig-kreativer Begleiter wie auch als facettenreicher Solist. Gemeinsam mit Josef Wagner an der akustischen Bassgitarre und dem nuancenreichen, dynamischen Spiel des Schlagzeugers Thomas Froschauer entsteht ein erfrischend unverbrauchter Ensembleklang, der einerseits tief in der Jazztradition verwurzelt ist, andererseits stets einen Hang zum Experimentellen zeigt.


Die Musiker:

Josef Wagner ist Komponist und Bassist der „LA Bigband“ sowie Komponist des "Chamber-Pop"-Ensembles "Punches & Judies". Zusammenarbeit mit dem Literaten Herman Niklas in der Performancegruppe "schalldicht", Komposition elektronischer Musik mit dem Duo "Breaking Pavel". Als Bassist spielte er u.a. mit Wolfgang Puschnig, Allegre Correa, Heavy Tuba, Lorenz Raab, Gerald Preinfalk, Edward Powell, Wolfgang Bräuer, Frank Schwinn…

Clemens Salesny leitet die Gruppen "Salesny/Schabata/Preuschl + Herbert Joos" sowie die Clemens Salesny Electric Band. Salesny ist Mitbegründer der Jazzwerkstatt Wien und mehrfacher Hans Koller Preisträger. Zusammenarbeit mit: Steven Bernstein, Uri Caine, Eddie Henderson, Joe Zawinul, Oliver Lake, Sunny Murray, Harry Pepl, Uli Scherer, Donald Smith, Georg Breinschmid, Max Nagl…

Philipp Jagschitz spielt mit seinem eigenem Trio mit Matthias und Andreas Pichler und ist Pianist zahlreicher Gruppen wie Falb Fiction, Maja Osojnik Band, Bastian Stein's Gravity Point und Schwarzmarkt. Weitere Zusammenarbeit mit: Wolfgang Puschnig, Wolfgang Schiftner, Lorenz Raab, Gerald Preinfalk, Gerald Gradwohl, Ulrich Drechsler…

Thomas Froschauer ist als Schlagzeuger in den Gruppen cafè mut., das mädchen hinkt, Big John & The Vienna Soul Society, hiroi, Veland und dem Wolfgang Bräuer Trio aktiv. Weitere Zusammenarbeit mit: Bumi Fian, Alpine Aspects, Uli Scherrer, Hubert Tubbs, Thomas Gansch, Würzburg Jazz Orchestra, James Cottriall, Anik Kandinsky, Billy Swan, Hans Salamon…

 

Georg Braith 3: "LIVE AT JAZZ AM BERG"

ALR 1008 | LC 08129
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Georg Braith 3: "LIVE AT JAZZ AM BERG"

ALR 1008 | Detroit born saxophonist George Braith, well known for his braithophon, recorded a great album together with his drummer friend Doug Hammond and the Austrian bassist Hans Strasser in occasion to his concert near Linz.

TRACKLIST / SOUNDS
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes / Night In Tunisia / High Fly / Braithaway / I Can't Get Started / Invitation

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ARTISTS:
Georg Braith III
- saxes, braithophon
Hans Strasse
- bass
Doug Hammond
- drums

Sandra Rose: "GERN BEREIT"

ALR 1007 | LC 08129
Produced by Peter Guschelbauer for alessa records. Distributed by sounddesign austria

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Sandra Rose / Uwe Urbanowski: "GERN BEREIT"

ALR 1007 | "Voice, basses and a lot of space... Songs?? Jazz?? Jazz songs?? Doesn´t matter, in any case a crossover project. A wonderful CD." (Wolfgang Puschnig)

TRACKLIST / SOUNDS
Love for sale / Bei Dir war es immer so schön / Aber schön war es doch / Der Novak / I liasset Kirschn für di wachsen / Ich hab dich zu vergessen vergessen / Weil vorbei ist, was mal war (The end of a love affair) / Bei Dir war es immer so schön 2 / Du hast mich ganz in der Hand (I've got you under my skin)

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ARTISTS:
Sandra Rose - Vocals
Uwe Urbanowski - Bass
Werner Feldgrill - E-Bass (1, 2, 7)
Paul Urbanek - Keyboards (8)

Eine behutsam ausgewählte deutschsprachige Titelliste mit lebensnahen Texten, deren Neubearbeitung durchaus auch als Verneigung vor den dazugehörigen Komponisten, Autoren und ursprünglichen Interpreten wie Hildegard Knef, Georg Kreisler, Karl Hodina oder Cole Porter verstanden werden darf.

Ursprünglich ein Duo-Programm von Sandra Rose und Uwe Urbanowski, im Quartett nun auf (George-) "bensoneske" Art verfeinert von Werner Feldgrill am E-Bass und Paul Urbanek an den Keyboards.     
"Stimme, Bass und viel Raum... Für die Stimmungen sich langsam auszubreiten, sich zart vorwärtszutasten von Sandra Rose mit dunklem Timbre eingefärbt, getragen von den Grooves Uwe Urbanowski's.

Lieder? Jazz? Jazzlieder? Egal. Auf jeden Fall ein stilübergreifendes Projekt. Musik die dich atmen lässt, mit berührenden Momenten, grossartig in ihrer Schlichtheit.
Und noch dazu: auf Deutsch gesungen!!! Es ist angenehm ungewohnt wie authentisch und ungekünstelt die deutsche Sprache klingen kann wenn sie gut gesungen wird. Ein nicht zu unterschätzender Bonus. Eine wunderbare CD." (Wolfgang Puschnig)

 

Eine behutsam ausgewählte deutschsprachige Titelliste mit lebensnahen Texten, deren Neubearbeitung durchaus auch als Verneigung vor den dazugehörigen Komponisten, Autoren und ursprünglichen Interpreten wie Hildegard Knef, Georg Kreisler, Karl Hodina oder Cole Porter verstanden werden darf.

Ursprünglich ein Duo-Programm von Sandra Rose und Uwe Urbanowski, im Quartett nun auf (George-) "bensoneske" Art verfeinert von Werner Feldgrill am E-Bass und Paul Urbanek an den Keyboards.     
"Stimme, Bass und viel Raum... Für die Stimmungen sich langsam auszubreiten, sich zart vorwärtszutasten von Sandra Rose mit dunklem Timbre eingefärbt, getragen von den Grooves Uwe Urbanowski's.

Lieder? Jazz? Jazzlieder? Egal. Auf jeden Fall ein stilübergreifendes Projekt. Musik die dich atmen lässt, mit berührenden Momenten, grossartig in ihrer Schlichtheit.
Und noch dazu: auf Deutsch gesungen!!! Es ist angenehm ungewohnt wie authentisch und ungekünstelt die deutsche Sprache klingen kann wenn sie gut gesungen wird. Ein nicht zu unterschätzender Bonus. Eine wunderbare CD." (Wolfgang Puschnig)

Straight Six: "LIVE AT BIRDLAND, NEUBURG/GER"

ALR 1006 | LC 08129
Recorded 06.05.2005 live in Birdland/Neuburg/GER. Mastered at Sounddesign Studio Linz/Austria by Christoph Kapfer. Produced by Peter Guschelbauer for alessa records. Distributed by sounddesign austria

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Straight Six: "LIVE AT BIRDLAND, NEUBURG/GER"

ALR 1006 | I met Heinz von Hermann personally for the first time in Zagreb, Croatia at the BP jazz club from Bosco Petrovic, in occasion to Boscos 70th birthday. Heinz was playing with Bosco this evening. We all have been invited from Croatia Records, so we had enough time to talk and on this evening the concept of the Straight 6 CD was born.

TRACKLIST / SOUNDS
Oy Oy Oy Blues / Con Alma / Sing Me Softly of the Blues / Sugar / Ground Blues

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ARTISTS:
Heinz von Hermann - tenor sax
Dusko Goykovich
- trp, flh
Adrian Mears
- trb
Jörg Reiter
- piano
Mats Vinding
- bass
Bruno Castellucci
- drums

After having a pretty successful quintet in the 90’s for various reasons it became more and more difficult to continue, so in consequence the last couple of years I played mostly with my trio. I enjoyed this very much, the intimacy of playing without drums almost like chamber music.
But going straight on, I had to do something more, so when I met some of my old friends and fellow musicians, the desire arouse to form a sextet, with the classic frontline: trumpet, tenor and trombone.
Being lucky enough that Dusko Goykovic and Adrian Mears loved this idea, for piano I asked Jörg Reiter, with whom I played for years and years with the Peter Herbolzheimer Big Band, of course, Bruno Castellucci on drums for me was the only choice and last but not least, Mads Vinding on bass, who also is heard on my first trio CD, is back on my side again.     

During our first tour "Alessa Records" recorded the concert we played in the Jazz Club BIRDLAND in Neuburg/Germany and here is the CD with a selection of titles from this concert on 6th of May 2005.

Enjoy listening to just "straight ahead" Jazz with Europes top musicians - check their age: You are listening to more than 366 years of Jazz! (Heinz von Hermann)

 

Olga Konkova & Per Mathisen: "UNBOUND"

ALR 1005 | LC 08129
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Olga Konkova & Per Mathisen: "UNBOUND"

ALR 1005 | I heard Per Mathisen for the first time playing the bass in Freistadt, 50 km north of my home town Linz. I was overwhelmed about his playing and was asking him if there are CDs of his recordings. I could not know at that time that I should have the opportunity to release still a lot of his CDs.

TRACKLIST / SOUNDS
Vision Fugitives / Free For One / Unbound / Turtle Dream / Inconvenient / Living At Random / Chiaroscuro / Time Honoured / Free For One Another

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ARTISTS:
Olga Konkova - grand piano, Fender Rhodes
Per Mathisen
- upright acoustic bass, fretted and fretless el. bass
Ole Mathisen
- soprano & tenor sax, electronic loops
Gary Husband
- drums, Fender Rhodes on Chiaroscuro

Uri Caine / Gust Tsilis: "PURE AFFECTION"

ALR 1004 | LC 08129
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Uri Caine / Gust Tsilis: "PURE AFFECTION"

ALR 1004 | Gust Tsilis is an excellent vibraphon and marimba player, a creative thinker, a booker for several music clubs in New York and Los Angeles and above all a wonderful composer of different music styles. The collaboration with Uri Caine shows, that he is accepted by the best.

TRACKLIST / SOUNDS
Jennifer's Secrets / Uncle Nick / As I Awaken / Ghosts Have / Black Liquid / Her Face / Lady of Silence / A Choise of Days / The Best Dog / No Brother Was I / Dreammaker / Traces / A Breabie That Never Stops Beating / Child's Play

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ARTISTS:
Uri Caine - piano
Gust Tsilis
- vibes, marimba

Clemens Salesny / Bumi Fian Quintett: "ALWAYS BLUE"

ALR 1003 | LC 08129
Recorded March 12th/13th 2004 at the WUK, Vienna, by Werner Angerer. Mastered at Sounddesign Studios by Christoph Kapfer. Produced by Clemens Salesny for alessa records. Distributed by sounddesign austria

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Clemens Salesny / Bumi Fian Quintett: "ALWAYS BLUE"

ALR 1003 | The Clemens Salesny / Bumi Fian quintet masters the musical speech of contemporary jazz in a perfect way. Enlarged modal harmonies, complex and often tricky lines, cracking of forms, improvisations in big intervals, tempo changes, dissonances as stylistic device, microtonal effects and a lot more. 

TRACKLIST / SOUNDS
Spass in 3 und 4 / A & F / Always Blue / Bebop und Lulatsch / Thelonious Monk Medley: Epistrophy / Thelonious Monk Medley: Misterioso / Hü hott! / Last Track

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ARTISTS:
Clemens Salesny - altosaxophone, bassclarinet
Bumi Fian
- trumpet
Clemens Wenger
- piano, fender rhodes, accordeon
Bernhard Osanna
- doublebass
Thomas Froschauer
- drums

In den letzten zwei Jahrzehnten hat Österreich eine Vielfalt von Talenten und beachtlichen Jazzmusikern hervorgebracht, die eine äußerst lebendige, für ganz Europa repräsentative Jazzszene entstehen ließen.

Vier solcher Ausnahmebegabungen haben sich hier um den Langzeit - Trompeter des Vienna Art Orchestra, Karl "Bumi" Fian, Jahrgang 1960, geschart, um ein Quintett zu bilden:
Der Saxophonist Clemens Salesny, Schüler von Klaus Dickbauer und trotz seiner Jugend (Jahrgang 1980) bereits in zahlreiche Projekte mit Künstlern von Eddie Henderson, Joe Zawinul und Thomas Gansch bis zu Sabina Hank involviert gewesen.     
Pianist und Keyboarder Clemens "Bumpfi" Wenger, 1982 geboren und viel beschäftig hin - und her pendelnd zwischen Avantgarde (Renald Deppe, Max Nagl), Jazz und Populärem (Ausseer Hardbradler).
Thomas Froschauer, ebenso wie Salesny und Wenger aus Niederösterreich stammend, Big Band - erfahren und von Jazzkapazitäten wie Puschnig, Scherer und Radovan gleichermaßen geschätzt wie von Austro - Rocker Andy Lee Lang.
Und schließlich Bernhard Osanna, Kontrabassist, als Jahrgang 1972 beinahe schon ein "Senior", Mitstreiter von (u.a.) Jeff Hamilton, Bill Holman, Flip Philips oder Hans Salomon.

Dieses Clemens Salesny – Bumi Fian Quintett beherrscht die musikalische Sprache des zeitgenössischen Jazz perfekt: ausgeweitete, modale Harmonik, komplizierte, oftmals etwas vertrackte Linien, das Aufbrechen der Form, Improvisationen in großen Intervallsprüngen, Tempowechsel, Dissonanzen als Stilmittel, microtonale Effekte und vieles mehr, das seit Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy und Charles Mingus zur Ausdruckspalette der Jazz – Moderne gehört. Konventionelle Klischees fehlen der Musik des Quintetts gottlob ebenso wie die Hingabe zu modisch – zeitgeistigen Strömungen. Dafür gibt es bestens ausgenützte improvisatorische Freiräume, mehrheitlich Tonalität, Bluesverbundenheit (Fian!) und gelegentlich sogar Gespür für’s Dramatische.

Was einst als revolutionäre Neuerung schockiert hat, wird von den fünf Musikern unverkrampft mit einer Leichtigkeit und Selbstverständlichkeit in das 21. Jahrhundert transformiert, wobei vor allem Salesny's Kompositionen – sie bilden die Mehrheit der acht Titel – in Anlehnung an das Genie Charles Mingus viel melodische und formale Eigenständigkeit und Charakter aufweisen. Auch die Arrangements der beiden Stücke ("Epistrophy", "Misterioso") von Thelonious Monk, einem weiteren "Genius Of Modern Music", lassen Originalität und Ideenreichtum erkennen.

"ALWAYS BLUE" und das Clemens Salesny – Bumi Fian Quintett sind ein weiterer, hervorragender Beleg für die künstlerische Potenz des "Jazz made in Austria".
Klaus Schulz

Abercrombie, Blythe, Carrington, Cox, Feldman, Tsilis: "ECHOES"

ALR 1002 | LC 08129
Recorded at Sound on Sound studios NYC, June 2nd and 3rd 1996. Engineer: The late great David Baker. Executive producer: Paul Zauner, Mastered at Sounddesign Studio Linz/Austria by Christoph Kapfer. Distributed by sounddesign austria

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Abercrombie, Blythe, Carrington, Cox, Feldman, Tsilis: "ECHOES"

ALR 1002 | When musicians of this extra class come to gether for a recording session, and when this session takes place in New York you can be sure that the history of jazz of the last 50 years will be alive. The musicians pay respect to their great collegues like John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Wheeler and a lot more.

TRACKLIST / SOUNDS
Mr. Syms / Minor League / Sweet Dulcinea / Echoes / Skylark / You Don't Know What Love Is / Fee Fi Fo Fum / The Moon and You / Beautiful Love / Where Are You

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ARTISTS:
John Abercrombie
- git
Arthur Blyte - sax
Terri Lyne Carrington - dr
Anthony Cox - b
Mark Feldman - violin
Gust Tsilis - vib

Paul Zauner Ensemble feat. Eddie Henderson: "ASSOCIATION"

ALR 1001 | LC 08129
Recorded at Buchmannhof 6 & 7 August by Peter Tomic. Mixed by Peter Tomic & Christoph Burgstaller. Produced by Paul Zauner. Executive producer: Paul Zauner. Distributed by sounddesign austria

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Paul Zauner Ensemble feat. Eddie Henderson: "ASSOCIATION"

ALR 1001 | Music from the deep of the blues to European music, flavoured with some human irritations.

TRACKLIST / SOUNDS
Association / In the Dark / St Marx Intro / St Marx / Spaces / Down Home / Black Mallory / Alliance / Oh Lass Den Tag / Time Out / Joseph / Oh Lass Den Tag 2

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ARTISTS:
Paul Zauner - tb, voc
Eddie Henderson
- tp, flgh
Clemens Salesny
- bcl, as
Woody Schabata
- vib
Wolfram Derschmidt
- b
Gerald Endstrasser
- dr

Ende der 80-er Jahre hatte Paul Zauner die Möglichkeit mit wichtigen amerikanischen Jazz-musikern wie Leon Thomas, George Adams, David Murray und Hamiet Bluiett Konzerte und Tourneen zu bestreiten sowie CD´s aufzunehmen. Gleichzeitig entstand eine regelmäßige Zusammenarbeit mit österreichischen und polnischen Musikern wie Bumi Fian, Jarek Smietana und Woody Schabata. Diese musikalischen Beziehungen reichen bis in die Gegenwart. Anfang der 90-er gab es für einige Jahre eine Kooperation mit Jean Paul Bourelly und John Purcell. Den nachhaltigsten Eindruck hinterließ allerdings die Zusammenarbeit mit dem genialen Musiker Harry Pepl.

1992 gründeten Paul Zauner und Franz Hackl ihre erste Band mit dem Namen ITSLYF. In dieser spielten von 92-97 Franz Hackl (Musical Director), Thomas Kugi, Gottfried Stöger, David Gilmore, Kenny Davis, Rodny Holmes, Pavan Kumar u.a.

Tourneen nach Asien, Africa, Nord- und Südamerika und große europäische Festivals brachten große Erfolge mit Avantgarde-Fusion Jazz.
Die CD "Hep Caolin" (PAO/VERVE) wurde im Rollings Stones "Guide of Jazz and Blues" zu den besten CD`s des Jahrhunderts aufgenommen und mit 5 Sternen bewertet.     
      
Nach dieser musikalischen Hochleistungsbahn kam eine Nachdenkpause und der Wunsch, das musikalische und organisatorische Konzept zu vereinfachen und mit österreichischen Musikern in einen einfachen Jazzkontext, Erlebtes zu verarbeiten und neue musikalische Empfindungen und Gedanken zu verfolgen.

Der elegante Meistervibraphonist Woody Schabata ist ein wichtiger Partner auf diesem Weg. Ebenso der Bassist Wolfram Derschmidt. Außergewöhnlich ist das Können und die Tiefe der Musik des Schlagzeugers Reini Winkler. Saxophon und Bassclarinette spielt Jungstar Clemens Salesny.

"Musik aus der Tiefe des Blues zur neuen Europäischen Musik, gewürzt mit menschlichen Verfehlungen".

Als spezieller Gast im August 2003 spielt Eddie Henderson. Er ist ein großartiger Trompeter, welcher in wichtigen Bands und CD´s als Leader und Sideman spielt. Art Blakey's "Jazz Messangers" und bei Herbie Hancock als Sideman.

Im Sommer 2003 gab es das Spezialprogramm „Impressionismus im Modern Jazz“. Dies ist eine musikalische Zeitreise, beginnend mit einer Hommage an Claude Debussy und Eric Satie. Eine weitere interessante und wichtige Station ist der aus Deutschland stammende Bix (Bismark) Beiderbeck, der unter dem stilistischen Deckmantel des Dixielands impressionistische Stilmittel in seine Musik einbrachte und durch seine "coole" Tongebung das moderne Trompetenspiel bereits in den 30-er Jahren teilweise vorwegnahm. Ein weiterer Programmpunkt besteht aus Fragmenten seines Titels „In a Mist“, welches als neues Stück unter dem Titel "Tribute to Bix Beiderbeck" gespielt wird. Das restliche Programm wird komponiert von Woody Schabata und Paul Zauner.