Florian Tr
Mason & Dixon

J4E 4759

Florian Truebsbach (as, ss), Ralf Hesse (tp, fl-h), 
Jan Eschke (p), Henning
Sieverts (b), Falk Willis (dr)

Rec. July 10, 2001 at Organic Music Studio, Obing by Thorsten Scheffner

The "Staatliche Kulturfoerderpreis Bayern" in 2001 enabled Florian Truebsbach to produce his first own record together with some of his favourite musicians. On CD are now available 8 of this pieces written in 2000, together with a composition of guitar player Gregor Muhr, who is living in Japan. The music is modern jazz, which referres often to the dance music of the twenties and thirties, combining styles like a collage (Epoque, Buffalo Rhythm) or distorting traditional rhythms (Non Stop City). Amongst them are quiet atmospheric tracks (f.e. 200 Horses, Interlude) to let the listener relax after technical abundant pieces.

Florian Truebsbach

Born in 1976, his father a musician, began to play violin with three years. Then he was member of the "Toelzer Knabenchor" and toured as solo singer with Herbert von Karajan, Claudio Abbado and Lorin Maazel as conductors through Israel, Italy and Japan. After his voice has broken he began to play the saxophone and joined the "Landesjugend - Jazzorchester Bayern" and the "Bundesjugendjazzorchester". He studied composition under Hans-Werner Henze. He had started jazz lessons during his school time, then he studied classical composition for five terms in Hamburg. Since March 2001 he is freelancer living in Berlin. With various projects he toured through Syria, Jordania, South Africa and Japan. He played and recorded with the Munich Saxophone Family, Peter O`Mara, Bill Holman and Joe Lovano. In 2000 he received the "Bayerische Staatsfoerderpreis fuer junge Kuenstler".

Ralf Hesse

Living in Cologne, adds with his elegant tone to Peter Herbolzheimers Rhythm Combination & Brass, the radio bands of the HR, WDR and the former RIAS, Bob Brookmeyer´s New Art Ensemble, and especially to the recordings of Mason & Dixon. With Florian Truebsbach he shares not only the passion for the Karwendel mountains, but also the regular concerts with the Sunday Night Orchestra in Nuremberg. 

Jan Eschke

Knows most of the nine pieces from their birth. Together with Florian Truebsbach he played many concerts, on recordings and tours. He is a musician, whose allround talent impresses. Beside jazz music he also plays classical music, musicals and folklore. For the latter he received the prize of Baden-Wuerttemberg.

Henning Sieverts

is one of the most demanded bass player in Europe. He received, among others, the prize of the "International Society Of Bassists" and the "Bayerischen Staatsfoerderpeis". He played in the USA, Australia, Portugal and Finland with such outstanding musicians like Benny Bailey, Nils Wogram, Jim Black, Robin Eubanks and Frank Foster. 

Falk Willis

After a longer stay in Barcelona he is living now in New York again. He made concerts and records for example with Dewey Redman, Bob Mintzer, Kenny Garrett, Seamus Blake, Uri Caine and Klaus Doldinger. He toured in Russia, Argentina and Cameroon. Falk Willis is winner of the "European Jazz Competition". His especial drum playing remembers of African street music and was the stimulus for Florian Truebsbach to write pieces like Buffalo Rhythm, Epoque and Quixotic.