Joachim Raffel Trio and Sextet
Raffel (p, Fender Rhodes), Alex Morsey (b), Christian Schoenefeldt
Stephan Struck (tp), Jan Klare (as), Robert Kretzschmar (ts)
Recorded, mixed and
mastered November and December 1999 at Vagnsson Studio, Hannover
Engineer: Hrolfur Vagnsson
Move! - Better Not Now - This Is - Definitions - Circlesong No. 5
- Blues For Eric (Dolphy)
- Nothing Of All - Split - There And Now - Blue Motion
tunes as "Move!" an "This Is", which are
nearly suitable for the dancefloor,
highly virtuos piano trio pieces as "Circleong No.
5", interactive free style as
"Better Not Now" and "Blue Motion" - that
is the range of possibilities, which Joachim
Raffel fathoms with his trio and sextet on his new CD
The title is programme: The
musicians` agility in all directions of today`s style
playing and improvisation, flexibility of the composer Joachim
variety and number of contrasts in his pieces. Especially
blues elements soak
many of the here assembled compositions. They are the central
the music and add spice to it.
"Circlesong No. 5"
and "There And Now" show Joachim Raffel`s
hymnal themes on hypnotizing ostinato figures. In "Better
Not Now", "Blue Motion"
and "Definitions" the sextet as well as the trio
present themselves loaded
with collective improvisation enthusiasm. At the same time all
are brilliant as soloists.
This year the Joachim Raffel
Sextet, after the quintet and the Large Ensemble
by the piano player and composer, was awarded for a third time
a prize in
the regional contest "Jazzpodium Niedersachsen". On
"...In Motion" this trio
and sextet prove the immense potential of the local jazz
A big hit!