Stefan Schmid -][- exTENded –MP3– [Double Moon Records, 2012] –
When the “Who Is Who” of the young German jazz scene put their efforts completely at the service of one of their own, then they do it out of friendship, respect and admiration. For example, Niels Klein, Frederik Köster, Max von Einem, Robert Landfermann and Max Frankl, among others, play on Stefan Schmid’s album exTENded.
On one hand, the name exTENded describes the large ensemble project of Stefan Schmid composed of 10 musicians or – to put it more precisely – seven wind section players plus rhythm group. On the other hand, the debut album with 9 pieces is titled exTENded.
The music is modern big band jazz, which belongs to the school of someone such as Peter Herbolzheimer just as much as to the Very Big Band of Carla Bley – not the worst references. However, Stefan Schmid goes at least one step further. He has composed the 9 compositions presented here in such a way that the individuals are left a maximum of leeway, which is a rather difficult endeavor in the context of a big band. Schmid masters this really well to the joy of his co-players, who can shine full of relish both in the structure of the band and as soloists.
..:: SOURCE: Double Moon Records ::..