As for so many people, the two pandemic years were a challenging time in many respects for creatives like Cologne trumpeter, composer and arranger Christian Winninghoff, a member of the Jazzkantine and the Cologne Contemporary Jazz Orchestra. Because jazz from the ivory tower was never his thing. His music has always sounded energetic and groovy, more suitable for the atmosphere of a densely packed, heated club than for a ventilated concert hall with a masked audience, possibly even arranged in a checkerboard pattern.
In the prescribed retreat – after what felt like half a life with concerts, shows and theatrical performances almost every weekend – so now a lot of time to concentrate on the essentials: Sound and expression! The goal: soul music. His compositions have always had fragile and lyrical moments and Christian’s fourth album CLOUD SOUNDS almost became a pure song or ballad album.
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The great writer Gertrude Stein once said: “Jazz is tenderness and powerful violence.” A definition that has shaped the pianist Cornelius Claudio Kreusch already at the beginning of his career – and which now again perfectly applies to his new album “Eye of the Storm”. Whereby improvisation as the primal ground of these strong forms of expression is absolutely part of it.
And yet “Eye of the Storm” is now something completely different, something new. Not only because, in contrast to the often well-prepared confrontation with freedom in the past, it really was a spontaneous leap into the deep end. But above all because “for the first time I had the feeling of being an adult as an artist,” as Kreusch tells us. “Until now, the great predecessors and role models were always a source of inspiration. This time I was completely with myself from the first note.
A maturity and independence that you can hear on the album. Everything is an expression of the dazzling personality of Cornelius Claudio Kreusch, who is as extroverted and spiritual as he is grounded and consistent. As wild as it can get with the musical storm of thoughts, an almost classical undertone, immersed in inner listening, is dominant. And as much as every note, every chord, every change, every touch is unmistakably Kreusch, at the same time he succeeds in giving each improvisation part its own note.
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The title of Giovanni Costello’s new album “In alto Mare” has never sounded so topical. After all, we have been “on the high seas” for some time now – in the sense applied to Corona and the world situation – and in troubled waters at that. At the mercy of the whims of nature and fate, but also set out for new shores and on a journey. All of which flows into Costello’s album, even if it shines primarily in Italian colors, because it depicts Costello’s career path and experiences all around: From Cantautori songwriting and jazzy crooner vocals to international pop and funk.
A bandwidth that was mapped out early on. Even as a small boy, Costello ran through his grandmother’s kitchen singing Celentano hits; at seven he learned the piano and soon after stood on a stage for the first time. While still at school, he formed his first band – with which he toured all over Italy by the time he was 18. It quickly became clear that he would make music his profession. But it was also clear that he wanted to have a solid foundation. So he studied piano in Perugia and composition in Milan. One of the ways he financed his studies was by performing as a bar pianist as often as he could. An intensive time and an important wealth of experience, which Costello takes up on “In alto Mare” with his version of Francesco De Gregori’s “La donna cannone” and lets it pass in review.
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Canzoni della Bella Italia
Melodies full of affection and longing.
Images of the sweet and southern life that have always fired the imagination of the Central European.
Picked up on many trips to the Mediterranean sea.
Songs from Bella Italia, once performed by enchanting singers like Claudio Villa, Ornella Vanoni, Gino Paoli, Roberto Murolo or Pino Daniele.
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The trio got to know each other intensively for the first time in 2017 during a short tour of Germany and Switzerland. Alex Riel invited Marian Petrescu and Joel Locher to come to Jazzhus Montmartre in Copenhagen to play two double concerts together. For Joel Locher it was quickly clear that a live CD had to result from this.
Playing at Jazzhus Montmartre has always been a long-cherished wish for him. Alex Riel began his career as a member of the house band of the Montmartre Jazz Club in Copenhagen, together with bassist Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen and Tete Montoliu or Kenny Drew on piano.
The trio concept is deliberately not completely reinvented by the three, rather a varied interplay across different styles and eras can be expected… from Oscar Peterson to Keith Jarrett. With breathtaking brilliance and dazzling virtuoso technique, the Romanian piano virtuoso Marian Petrescu plays an exciting trio programme with the congenial Joel Locher on bass and Alex Riel on drums.
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