Marian Petrescu – piano
Joel Locher – bass
Alex Riel – drums
The trio got to know each other intensively for the first time in 2017 during a short tour of Germany and Switzerland. So it happened that 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, but rather a varied interplay across different styles and eras is to 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 program with the congenial Joel Locher on bass and Alex Riel on drums. The three internationally renowned artists embark on a musical journey to the great jazz pianists of the 20th century. Their independent interpretations give new and unknown facets to the classics of the jazz tradition.
Marian Petrescu (born 1970 in Bucharest) comes from a great family of musicians. He started playing piano at the age of four, studied at a classical and jazz conservatory in Sweden and then at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. With his classical training, impressive technique and dynamic interpretations, Marian Petrescu turned to the world of jazz and improvisation. At the age of 15 he made his debut at the Pori Jazz Festival. In 1989 he was a prize-winner at the Martial Solal Jazz Piano Competition and also a prize-winner at the Bucharest Jazz Festival in 1992. It is not without reason that his mentor in Paris, Martial Solal, calls him the “Horowitz of jazz piano”.“
Joel Locher from Stuttgart is a busy and highly appreciated double bass player, especially in the Gypsy Jazz scene. He has also played and worked with musicians such as Martin Taylor, Ludovic Beier, André Ceccarelli, Pee Wee Ellis, Roby Lakatos, Dusko Goykovich, Biréli Lagrène, Jim Rotondi, Scott Hamilton, Charly Antolini, Marius Preda, Harry Allen, Gerd Dudek, Philip Catherine, Shihiro Yamanaka, Stochelo Rosenberg – with the Gismo Graf Trio, Gee Hye Lee Trio, Wawau Adler Quartet and others. Joel Locher’s debut album “Intensity of Bass” was also released in 2018 on the GLM label.
The Danish drummer Alex Riel, who has won several awards, is also a master of his craft. Repeatedly referred to as a “living legend,” he is considered one of the most important and influential jazz drummers in Europe. Riel has played with virtually all the great jazz legends: Chet Baker, Dexter Gordon, Oscar Peterson, Ben Webster, Bill Evans – to name just a few.
Shaped by a responsible approach to classical jazz and honed by the language of modern improvised jazz to create a total work of art, the trio of Joel Locher, Marian Petrescu and Alex Riel focuses on perfect interplay and the joy of the boundless variety of music