Achim Kaufmann Trio
Joachim Kaufmann, p
Ingmar Heller, b
Jochen Rückert, dr
Recorded July 1 and 2, 1997 at Tonstudio Vagnsson,
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Hrolfur Vagnsson
ACHIM KAUFMANN, INGMAR
HELLER and JOCHEN RÜCKERT play sensitive, intuitive trio music
ithdrawing from common categories. The trio`s first CD recorded in July 1997 shows a
remarkably wide stylistic range. There are very smooth, atmospheric pieces as well as
furious improvisations on complex rhythmic cycles. Songlike narrative pieces are
contrasted by abbreviated, abstract themes changing to free improvisation, leading finally
to a full earthy groove.
The trio`s live concerts are events, fully-laden with musical communication. The three
musicians spontaneously change the tempo, unexpectedly remain on high-voltage vamps to
create thereupon new sounds spaces full of brightness, full of dark mysteries.
Achim Kaufmann - piano - (1962) played among others witht Tomasz Stanko,
Franco Ambrosetti, Wolfgang Engstfeld, Ack van Royen, Michael Moore, Bob Brookmeyer,
Charles McPherson, Steve Arguelles, Christof Lauer, Matthias Schubert, Frank Gratkowski.
CDs with Paul Heller "Kaleidoscope", Peter Bolte "Evocation", Wolfgang
Engstfeld "Upside Down", Manfred Bründl "Aisha". Leader of the
quartet "Double Exposure" (mit Michael Moore, John Schröder, John Hollenbeck).
Projects of improvised/ electronic music. Live poetry. Solo concerts. Living in Amsterdam.
"With astounding virtuosity he painted a veiled
tonal picture puzzle interspersed with harmonic and rhyrhmic flashes from Claude Debussy,
Keith Jarrett, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Chick Corea. Again and agein he walked a
tightrope between fixed metrum and lightly delayed play."
(Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)
Ingmar Heller - bass - (1967) is
one of the outstanding bassists of the younger generation. He played, among others, with
Johnny Griffin, Mel Lewis, Peter O`Mara, Conrad Herwig, Clark Terry, Michael Brecker, Bob
Brookmeyer. Discography: Peter Weniger/Hubert Nuss feat. Conrad Herwig "Hymn To
Gorbo", Wolfgang Haffner "Movin` On", Till Brönner Quintett, Paul
Heller/Ack van Royen, Paul Heller "Kaleidoscope", Bob Brookmeyer & New Art
Jochen Rückert - drums - (1975)
has become, within shortest time, one of the most popular drummers. He plays, inter alia,
with Nils Wogram Quartet (with Simion Nabatov), with the trio Dreiklang, which won the
first prize of the Blue Note/ Hennessey Jazz Search 1996, as well with Hayden Chisholm
& The Inflictors. Further he played with Kenny Werner, John Abercrombie, Dave Liebman,
Franco Ambrosetti, Chris Potter, Kurt Rosenwinkel. The two last-named added also to his
debut CD "Introduction". At the moment living in New York.