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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: Martin Weiss & David & Danino Weiss Quartett – Smile

“Smile” is the name of the new album by Martin Weiss and the David and Danino Weiss Quartet. And it also begins with the song of the same name, the most famous composition by Charlie Chaplin. A choice that perfectly describes the character of the album in several respects. First, because the piece, later made famous by Nat King Cole and today played as a jazz and pop standard by countless performers, dates from 1936. The time when Django Reinhardt invented the only original European style in the classical era of jazz: the Gypsy Swing, also called Jazz Manouche or Hot Jazz. Then, because “Smile” with its highly emotional mixture of melancholy and consolation fits exactly the ambivalence of Gypsy Swing. And finally, because the piece comes from the film “Modern Times”, which deals precisely with the interface between tradition and departure, which is now also the musical focus of Martin, David and Danino Weiß.

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