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Out now! Marion & Sobo Band – Gomera

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Gypsy swing, also known as hot jazz or jazz manouche, is celebrating a powerful comeback. Many groups and guitarists are currently revitalising it. The Marion & Sobo Band can lay claim to not only marrying the only European jazz style coined by Django Reinhardt in the 1930s with other genres in an enchanting and compelling way, but also freeing it from its instrumental cage and transferring it to chanson and vocal jazz.

On their last album “Histoires”, Marion Lenfant-Preus, Alexander “Sobo” Sobocinski and their fellow musicians already brought these new colours to life in rousing musical stories and brought “the sound of Django Reinhardt into the present in a poppier way than ever before”, as Jazzthing magazine wrote. On their new album “Gomera”, the palette is even more colourful. As the title suggests, it is dedicated to the scenically and culturally diverse Canary Island, where the two have spent many winters since 2016 and collected many song ideas.

They both love nature and hiking, they incorporate the emotions and feelings of their travels from Cuba to Colombia – and often to the Canary Islands – into their music and lyrics and curiously seek a different view of the world. What could be more inspiring than the overwhelming landscapes of the volcanic island of Gomera? “For the first time, actually, there is a common thread running through one of our albums: nature,” says Marion. Right from the start, “Epina Swing” is about the island’s mountains, the strong winds blowing in from the Atlantic and bending the trees – all wrapped up in the story of a painter who searches for the colours of nature on her hikes. In “Promesse”, the luminous starry sky plays a leading role, in which a boy lying in the sand searches for answers. “Playa de Vueltas” describes the tranquillity that the sea can radiate.

As colourful as the tools of nature have made Gomera, Marion and Sobo’s homage to the island is just as musically diverse. Onomatopoeic vocalises and scat passages lend the typical hot style of “Epina Swing” a special touch, Brazilian flair surrounds “Promesse”, “Moon” peeks into fusion jazz and “Opa Cupa” takes us into the sound world of the Balkans. Marion and Sobo’s versions of the swing standard “Puttin’ On The Ritz” and the classic Cuban bolero “Veinte Años” prove just how amazingly different music created in the same era can be, while also demonstrating how modern such evergreens can sound thanks to creative imagination.

In any case, it is a central concern and a great merit of the Marion & Sobo Band to transform the familiar into the new, to bring tradition into the present. The best example of this is “Amour Supreme”, the story of a man lost in life who reads French poetry in the evening to free himself from the chains of everyday life. Sobo plays a gypsy jazz guitar here with the “steamer” introduced by Django Reinhardt for more volume, but at the same time the song breaks with the gypsy swing sound and repertoire: framed in a chanson style, Marion quotes passages of poetry in fast, rap-like chanting.

Languages are a general theme in Marion’s feather-light, yet powerful and incredibly variable vocals anyway. In the songs on “Gomera”, she sings in French, English, Spanish, Romani and German. In

“Playa de Vueltas”, flamenco rumba meets French lyrics. And Django Reinhardt’s “Les Yeux Noirs (Dark Eyes)” is deliberately bilingual. Of course, the biographies of the protagonists are also condensed in the polyphony of the Marion & Sobo band.

Marion Lenfant-Preus has an American father and a French mother and thus grew up in France with the best of both worlds, with Ella Fitzgerald’s scat and jazz singing and the harmonies and melodies of US jazz as well as Django Reinhardt’s percussive guitar sound and its ingredients of European classical music, Jewish klezmer and Balkan music. Alexander “Sobo” Sobocinski grew up in Poland and began playing guitar at the age of 15, initially influenced by the fusion bands of the seventies. During his studies in the Netherlands, he discovered his passion for gypsy jazz and focussed more on the acoustic guitar.

They have both travelled a lot and tried out a lot. They have been an inseparable creative team ever since they got to know each other playfully, so to speak, at a jam session in Bonn in 2010. Violinist Frank Brempel and double bassist Stefan Berger also joined them during sessions at “Café Göttlich”, and together with guitarist Jonas Vogelsang they now form the perfectly matched Marion & Sobo Band. With their third album “Gomera”, the band proves once and for all that handmade, acoustic music can not only be delicate, contemplative and colourful, but also highly energetic and powerful, even without drums. And thus creates a new gypsy jazz that embraces the world.

Marion Lenfant-Preus – vocals

Alexander „Sobo“ Sobocinski – guitar

Frank Brempel – violin

Stefan Berger – bass

Jonas Vogelsang – guitar

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New release: Quadro Nuevo – Happy Deluxe

The music of Quadro Nuevo radiates the joy of an adventurous life. Every melody tells of it. Every note reflects the deep love for the instrument. Every journey shapes the extravagant musicianship of the ensemble.

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The band members once spent tango nights in Buenos Aires. They returned from a daring trip across the Balkans with a Gitanesque swing. They sailed through the Aeolian Islands on the trail of ancient myths, climbed lava-spewing volcanoes in Iceland and celebrated triumphs in the Carnegie Hall of New York’s jazz metropolis.

And it was also travel that inspired the musicians on their new album Happy Deluxe:
“On the Greek islands, we found the magnetic 80s song Erotiko by Nikos Xydakis. We developed an instrumental arrangement from it and shot a video on Santorini: the vastness of the Aegean, ancient statues and our hands on the instruments.”
Most recently, the virtuosos toured Brazil, intoxicating themselves with pulsating samba, lively chorinho and sunny bossa nova. They roamed through jungles to the wild beaches of the island of Ilha Grande, where the song of the same name was composed.
Several times they found the world’s best Caipirinha – not only on the Copacabana – and paid homage to it with a relaxed little song.

In Rio de Janeiro, they rehearsed for days in the shimmering midday heat, swarmed
out in the evenings, threw themselves into the scene and then went into the studio: daring improvisations, sometimes swinging high into the buzzing air, sometimes diving into glittering seas, sometimes chillingly spun in daydreams and night owls.
The result is the new album HAPPY DELUXE.

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Happy Release Day: Sandro Roy – Exploration

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CD, Download & Stream                      Release: 15.03.2024

Sandro Roy fuses the horizons of classical music and jazz on his violin to create an unrivalled aesthetic and virtuoso style. At the highest musical level, he is able to combine the gipsy swing of his ancestors, breathtaking improvisation, technical brilliance and a tone full of charm and warmth in his violin playing.

Despite his almost youthful age, Roy can already look back on a long musical career with concerts at renowned festivals and solo appearances with prestigious big bands and orchestras in major concert halls.

Now the grooving violinist is releasing his new album Exploration.

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More news: New Quadro Nuevo single “Ipanema Calling

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New single by Andreas Hinterseher: Milonga

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Happy Release Day: Henning Sieverts – Bassolo


Henning Sieverts – double bass


“Henning Sieverts is a brilliant bassist who has the stylistic means of new music as well as those of jazz at his disposal.” (FAZ)

All alone, but together with his double bass – that is the new solo program of the Munich star bassist Henning Sieverts. Sometimes it is extremely delicate, sometimes grippingly groovy – plucked, bowed, stroked and tapped – everything seems possible in this “one bass show”. The album “Henning Sieverts: Bassolo” was recorded in the fantastic acoustics of Munich’s Auferstehungskirche.

All pieces of the recording are collected in a music booklet “Henning Sieverts: Bassolo”, in two versions each: plucked and bowed, with and without improvised parts.

Henning Sieverts is in demand worldwide as a bassist, cellist and composer. His discography includes over 150 CDs. Concerts and tours have taken Sieverts to all five continents. He has received numerous awards, such as the “Echo Jazz”, the New German Jazz Award (even 2x!), the first prize at the Jazz Competition of the “International Society of Bassists” and the State Promotion Prize of the Free State of Bavaria.

Henning Sieverts regularly gives composition and instrumental workshops in bass and cello, among others at the music academies of Zurich, Lucerne, Bern and Nuremberg. He is a lecturer in jazz bass at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich.

Sieverts also works as a jazz presenter for Bayerischer Rundfunk.


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Happy Release Day: Izabella Effenberg – Impressions in Colours

“Izabella’s latest project combines the sound of vibraphone and harp with very special, unusual instruments such as glass harp, sundrum, array mbira, marimba, steel drum, crotales
or Waterphone, which rarely appear in jazz and improvised music. This creates completely new worlds of sound. Inspired by impressionism. The listener gets a chance to experience a new, different sound experience. The album features the extraordinary Polish – Japanese singer Yumi Ito from Basel (CH).

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Izabella Effenberg – Impressions in Colours feat. Yumi Ito