About the album
This classic piano trio led by Stefan Michalke has been making shapes in the world of modern jazz since 2004. While upholding the traditions of jazz, they also push the genre’s boundaries with their tremendous enthusiasm and spontaneity - this is what distinguishes the trio’s unique style.
Light-heartedly referring to themselves as the "The Stefan-et", Stefan Michalke (piano, composition), Stefan Werni (bass) and Stefan Kremer (drums) playfully span the divide between composition and improvisation. Three very relaxed, and in the best sense of the word, adult musicians, who don’t need to test their long-standing musical relationship with outbursts and egotism, but rather they confidently and nonchalantly lead each other to "musical departures".
With "Little Stories", the musician and composer Stefan Michalke has succeeded in creating a very personal work (with two of the compositions written by Stefan Kremer). The name says it all - composed of moods, inspired by people and experiences, the pieces highlight a variety of life’s situations like scenes from an anthology film. Sometimes energetic, sometimes lyrical, but always with a keen sense of melodic beauty and a penetrating groove that they reflect through different worlds of sound.
"Easter Song" represents the overwhelming joy that arrives as nature reawakes, and viewed metaphorically, the piece also signifies a fresh start in life. "45" was created on a birthday, but you can hear that for yourself! And who could "Giselle" be?
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