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
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
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".