Monday, January 24, 2011

Jazz Pistols: Superstring (2010)

For fifteen years the Jazz Pistols have been working on their Energy-Jazz. They are however, still able to discover new elements and levels of performance a fact that not only surprises themselves, but also their audiences.
This versatility is one of the strengths of the Jazz Pistols. Even formed like a classic jazz trio the Jazz Pistols have developped a sensational variety of sound which they can easily translate live without the need for loops and overdubs . It is rare that Jazz-Rock - notoriously known as the music for musicians -is able to create this fascination on listeners - even when they normally don't like fusion music. The extraordinary density of sound, the catchy melodies of the complex pieces, and culture of the musicianship - the Jazz Pistols are quite different from similar bands.
Stefan Ivan Schafer: His striking and variabel guitar sound carries and leads the band through ballads and hard groove pieces. His solo numbers melt into the compositions and with their catchy melodies are truly extraordinary. He is among one of the best guitarists in Germany , composes and plays for Uwe Ochsenknecht and can be found on various samplers.
Christoph Victor Kaiser: Through his extraordinary tapping technique Christoph constantly is the harmonic backing of the band and simultanously creates musical intensification that cannot be expected. As recipiant of a scholarship from the renowned Berklee College of Music / Boston and due to his technical expertise the Jazz Pistols bass player he is internationally known and has been sought after as interview partner for international music publications.
Thomas Lui Ludwig: As lecturer at the Pop Academy in Mannheim, Germany, and through his work with Jule Neigel, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Vanilla Ninja and Chaka Khan Lui belongs to the absolute top of the german drummer elite. With Jazz Pistols Lui develops a polyrhythmic firework of extraordinary proportions, is constant support and manages at the same time to distance himself from traditional forms.
Each member of the group is an accomplished musician with his individual style. Theband combines their diverse talents into an exciting whole featuring varied original compositions, arrangements rich in texture, and infectious solo performances.
It is surprising for a trio to show such expressiveness, variety of style and versatility; the reason why the Jazz Pistols captivate their audiences with this compactness and flexibility. Beside festival- and clubgigs in Germany and other countries the Jazz Pistols have toured twenty-six countries of Africa and Europe in the last years.
1. Superstring (7:44)
2. Chick San (8:35)
3. Berns?Rotation (3:45)
4. New One (8:41)
5. Three views of a secret (7:06)
6. SMBH (8:06)
7. Sex in a pan (5:25)
8. Old Fart (7:20)
9. Rubicon (2:42)
Stefan Ivan Schaeffer: Guitar
Christoph Victor Kaiser: Bass
Thomas Lui Ludwig: Drums
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