Lisbeth Quartett | Grow – [Double Moon Records, 2009]The series “Jazz thing Next Generation“, where Esther Kaiser, Anette von Eichel, Ignaz Dinné, Benjamin Schäfer, Martin Auer, Oktoposse, Cyminology, Christian Krischkowsky, Nadia Maria Fischer, Gary Fuhrmann, Tré, Coustics, Tobi Hofmann, Frederik Köster, HDV-Trio, Jochen Baldes, Tim Rodig, Subtone, Adrian Reiter, Christof May, Lorenz Hargassner, Max Frankl, Jacobien Vlasman, Andi Kissenbeck, Croomp, Sebastian Gahler, Felix Heydemann, Sebastian Sternal und Metamorphosis released their debut on Double Moon Records veröffentlicht haben, is being continued by Vol. 30 – six successful years of supporting young acts! We should not overuse the term “child prodigy”, even if this is what you want to say automatically when a young lady only 20 years old founds her own band and then records her first CD shortly afterward. Continue reading
Omar Sosa | Ceremony – [Ota Records – 2010]Ceremony is a major new project, the fruit of pianist-composer Omar Sosa’s first big-band collaboration with composer-arranger-cellist Jaques Morelenbaum, Hamburg’s 18-piece NDR Bigband (North German Radio/Norddeutscher Rundfunk), and the Omar Sosa Quartet, featuring Julio Barreto (drums), Childo Tomas (electric bass0, and Marcos Ilukan (Afro-Cuban percussion). Sosa himself plays piano and marimba. Recorded in two sessions (2007 & 2008) at NDR’s Hamburg studios under the direction of Morelenbaum and Sosa, Ceremony features Morelenbaum’s brilliant arrangements of selections from Omar’s Spirit of the Roots (1999), Bembon (2000), and Afreecanos (2009). It also acknowledges the majesty of the legendary Afro-Cuban big bands of Frank ‘Machito’ Grillo, Chico O’Farrill and Dizzy Gillespie, while extending those revered traditions in a contemporary salute to the expansive universe of world jazz, wherein Sosa himself continues to reign as a joyous, generous, abundant, and essential creative spirit.
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