Dieter Köhnlein

J4E 4776
Dieter Köhnlein (p)

Recorded at Swallow Studios, Petersaurach, at August 5th & 6th, 2005. Mastered at Studio P2,
Berlin by Jürgen Heckel.


With "tracks" the jazz pianist and composer Dieter Köhnlein presents his fourth solo CD. Besides the interpretation of two pieces of Steve Swallow and Steve Kuhn the album includes ten own compositions characterized by virtuosity, concise sharpness as well as emotional warmth of a lyrically smooth expression.

With "tracks" Dieter Köhnlein proves a versatile representative of the modern jazz. The title piece is a powerful modal improvisation on an more rhythmically than melodicly constructed motive. There are balladic compositions like "Evolution Of A Dream" and "Hidden Rooms", latino-American inspired pieces and the "Odd Line Blues".

"Braun Maidelein" (= brown maiden) goes back to the folk song "Mir ist ein feins braun Maidelein", translated in Köhnlein´s harmonic language. "Conference Of The Mosquitos" is a free improvisation based on a picture painted on a tour in Guatemala. "In und um C" has already been published on the CD of the same name, recorded by Dieter Köhnlein and the guitar virtuoso Uwe Kropinski.

Dieter Köhnlein has travelled 24 states in four continents, alone and together with his ensembles. He played concerts ordered by the Goethe Institute and the Foreign Office in many European countries, in North Africa, India and Sri Lanka. In Middle and South America he had five solo tours.

In 2000 he played a solo concert in Mexico City, representing Germany at a jazz festival of the European Union.

Highlights of Dieter Köhnlein´s career were his compositions for the Nuremberg culture project "Facing America", for the celebration of 1250 years Ansbach and for the 100th anniversary of the SIEMENS company in Nuremberg, where he set to music the "DIN ISO 9000" (DIN = German Industrial Standard).

In 1999 he published the multimedia CD art book "14 compositions", together with the painter Gregor Hiltner.

The magazine "JazzPodium" called Dieter Köhnlein one of Germany´s leading jazz pianists, the newspaper "Mittelbayerische Zeitung" even calls him one of the "most convincing piano stylists of the modern jazz in Europe".