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ARTIST
TITLE
Beaches In Your Soul
FORMAT
CD

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AR 143CD AR 143CD
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RELEASE DATE
5/28/2021

"For me, these special moments when we close our eyes and look inwards are intense experiences. Between sleep and wakefulness, such impressions inspire me to translate images from daydreams into music. Jazz and Funk, Arabic and Central Asian sounds and grooves, and above all, improvisation -- this is my musical language. Thank you to the wonderful musicians who have brought these compositions to life!" --Rolf Zielke, February 2021

The pianist Rolf Zielke has been a constant in the German Jazz scene for many years. The spectrum of his work, bands and projects is huge and he keeps surprising us with new ideas and concepts. On his new work Beaches In Your Soul he takes you on an exciting musical journey that should not be missed. Each piece on this album embodies its own story, sets a different basic mood and takes us to a different imaginary place. And yet everything interlocks wonderfully. From the first piece you can feel that Rolf Zielke and his band are interested in something. It goes on a spiritual excursion with an impressive variety of rhythms, a great wealth of instruments and an almost outrageously positive playing attitude. Despite all the virtuosity and joy of playing, nothing is "overplayed" here. The focus here is not on refinements, but rather on the unexcited search for the appropriate form of expression and the right timbre. Or to put it another way: It's more about sounds than notes. The unusual instrumentation alone results in many surprising moments. Based on a long-standing core band around percussionist Mustafa Boztüy, saxophonist Stephan Abel, and cellist Stephan Braun, Rolf Zielke has expanded his ensemble in a targeted manner. Particularly unusual in this context: the timpanist Friedhelm May, whose playing gives the piece "Welcome the Shaman". It is also striking that there is no bass player in this band. The cellist Stephan Braun takes on the bass part in most cases, but is also able to play grandiose improvised solos on the cello, which have so far only rarely been heard in this form in jazz. Particularly impressive in the second part of the opening piece "Awakening" or in the piece "Night Sea Journey", in which the cello engages in a gripping dialogue with Mohannad Nasser's oud.