Caspar van Meel Quintet
The title ‚On the Edge‘ of the new album by the Caspar van Meel Quintet is no coincidence; this is energetic, modern jazz by musicians who dare to take risks and inspire each other to explore new musical spaces.
Swinging with a hard-bop attitude, African rhythms, odd-metres and grooving like a funkband; bandleader and bassist van Meel provides us with his original interpretations of familiar forms in jazz - and goes beyond. As John Goldsby (WDR Big Band) once said about van Meel: ‚Although he is grounded in the jazz tradition, he plays with an ear to the future.‘
The compositions of van Meel organically fuse clear melodies, complex horn-arrangements, grooving, repetitive bass-lines and collective improvisations while leaving enough space for the musicians to express themselves: ‚I want to write music that is equally appealing intellectually and emotionally.‘, says van Meel about his music. He is inspired by such legendary bass players as Charles Mingus and Dave Holland: musicians who were not only masters of their instruments but also great bandleaders in their own right with a personal compositional style.
What you will hear on this album is a real band with some the best german musicians on the scene: Denis Gäbel (Tenor Saxophone), Tobias Wember (Trombone), Roman Babik (Piano) and Niklas Walter (Drums).The group played this music live intensively before going into the studio and developed their own interpretation, interaction and style for every piece. The musicians are united by a strong sense of time, feel and adherence to tradition, but all bring their own individual form of madness to the mix.
The title ‚On the Edge‘ reflects the goal of this group and the individual musicians to evolve artistically and push their boundaries. At the same time it is a clear comment on the political, social and environmental insecurities of the age we live in. The most recent crises function as a catalyst that confront us with the potentially fatal weakness in the fabric in our society. We are on the edge and should choose direction.
Conrad / van Meel: Jaggat
Das duo Conrad / van Meel spannt gekonnt melodische Bögen zwischen Weltmusik und kammermusikalischen Jazz. Die Musiker vereinen spanische, indische, arabische und lateinamerikanische Einflüsse zu einer ausdrucksstarken musikalischen Mischung. Es ist eine Musik die sich über kulturspezifische Kategorien hinaus bewegt und so ein facettenreiches, einzigartiges musikalisches Spektrum bildet. Neben hauptsachlich eigene Kompositionen von Conrad und van Meel spielt das Trio Stücke von dem Iranisch- Französische Oud Spieler Anouar Brahem und dem Jazz und Fusion Bassist Stanley Clark.
- Markus Conrad: Akustische Gitarre
- Caspar van Meel: Kontrabass
- Afra Mussawisade: Perkussion
- Jaime Moraga Vasquez: Perkussion
A modern jazz trio with a decidedly Monkish attitude featuring our own compositions and arrangements of Monk tunes and some rarely played pieces by Kenny Barron, Ron Carter and Steve Coleman.
- Jonar Röser: Alto-Saxophone
- Dominic Brosowski: Drums
This jazz trio with guitar combines lyrical expression with earthy rhythms, complex harmony with clear melody, classical straight-ahead jazz with contemporary influences. The Press writes: ,A lyrical atmosphere (...) in which you can lean back (www.nrwjazz.net) and ,elegant sound sculptures in a relaxed atmosphere‘ (www.jazzgeschichten.de)
- Bastian Ruppert: Guitar
- Dominic Brosowski: Drums
A repertoire band in which we perform our original arrangements of Duke Ellington‘s music for Trio without drums. It's challenging yet accessible vocal jazz with plenty of swing, virtuoso intermezzo's, relaxed medium tempos, nice ballads and enough room for solo's. Our first CD Duke's Place was released in 2016 and you can order here. Our second album was recorded in January 2020 and a release is being planned for next year. This will feature all new, original arrangements that clearly show our artistic development as a trio.
- Barbara Barth: Vocals
- Gero Körner: Piano
- feat. Klaus Osterloh: Trumpet