About the album
Isn’t it great that life offers up so many weird moments? With "Vegas, Baby!", three musicians challenge us to go cheerfully off the rails with them.
Florian Fleischer (guitar), Johnnes von Ballestrem (piano, Fender Rhodes) and Johannes Ziemann (drums) call themselves "Massive Schräge" and move their exceptional trio with the certainty of a sleepwalker against any form of musical gravity. With a lot of humour and self-irony, these youngsters have been mixing up the German jazz scene since 2011 – while on the road in Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland, they’ve scooped up various prizes.
Stylistically, the artists place themselves somewhere between chamber jazz and rock, and have managed to create an entirely new sound without ever getting out of their depth. Rough edges in music? Essential for the trio! Melody and harmony? Likewise totally welcome! And how does it work together? Full of subtle irony far removed from any slapstick, but rather created with compositional sophistication and technical bravura. "Massive Schräge" is a highly intelligent kind of musical energy flow looking to make its mark!
And just to give an example, do you know what ingredients are needed for a good railway workers blues? "Massive Schräge" has the solution: Berlin Ostkreuz, 4 o’clock in the morning; 1 musician, 5 track workers, 1 pen, 2 sheets of paper, 1 cup of strong black coffee and 7 bottles of beer...