The Michael Fluegel Quartet
Plays The Music Of Wayne Shorter

J4E 4766

Hubert Winter (ts, alto-fl on track 5), Michael Fluegel (p), Markus Schieferdecker (b), 
Andreas Gandela (dr), Fritz Weyerer (fl-h on track 5), Gerhard Gschloessl (tb on track 5)

Recorded at Realistic Sound Studios, Munich, March 6 and April 20, 
2004 by Florian Oestreicher. Mastering by MSM Studios.


During his career Wayne Shorter wrote many excellent compositions. Pieces which are played unfortunately very rarely. With his recordings Wayne Shorter set standards, and many of his records belong already to the jazz classics (f. e. Speak No Evil and Adam´s Apple).

To win new tone colours out of these compositions ten of Wayne Shorter´s pieces has been newly arranged by Michael Flügel. Some of them he only modificated slightly, others he changed substantially, so that one discern the original only when listening carefully. But all compositions are treated with high respect to Wayne Shorter´s music; the highest aim was to serve the music. The result is a fresh, modern, powerful and energetic music - one won`t get enough of it.

Some of the compositions were first performed at the 50th anniversary of the "Jazz Studio Nürnberg". In March 2004 the arrangements were recorded by the jazz- experienced sound engineer Florian Oestreicher at the "Realistic Tonstudio" in Munich. One attached importance to record each take completely to save the flow the pieces, in contrast to the today´s method to rearrange the best solos to a new take. 

After the CD release concert at the JazzFest Franken in Nuremberg at the 6th of November 2004 Anja Barckhausen wrote in the "Nürnberger Nachrichten":

"... The Wayne Shorter programme of pianist Michael Flügel, whose biting touch
agreeably stands out from some classic deserters was another highlight at the
jazz marathon of the local scene. …".

Michael Fluegel won the special award of the city of Fürth in 2001. He worked among others, with Tim Hagans, Leszek Zadlo, Ingrid Jensen, Enrico Rava and Roman Schwaller.

Hubert Winter recorded a CD with the pianist Richie Beirach in 2002. He received the "Bayrerischer Kunstförderpreis". Since many years he teaches at the Musikhochschule Augsburg-Nürnberg.

Markus Schieferdecker lives in Cologne. He plays in the ensembles of Albert Mangelsdorff, Jochen Rückert and the Frank Reinshagen Big Band.

Andreas Gandela plays in the trios of Martin Schrack and Peter Fulda, and in the Rainer Tempel GmbH. Further he works for example with the Australian guitar player Peter O´Mara.