About the album
Music is able to trigger very different feelings in listeners, even without support from additional visual information and without bodily contact. Music, which stimulates immediate feelings of happiness, deserves special attention. Michel Reis has succeeded in this, and he will reach many people with his gift. A basis has already been created for this, because the compositions demonstrate an amazing melodic character. Because they are catchy on one hand, easy to understand: yes, are even "simply beautiful". But they still have a complexity, which lets the pieces created sound neither banal nor plain. Quite the contrary: Crackling tension is created during the complete CD, which causes us to forget time.
Michel Reis did not compose the pieces in a vacuum, but instead specifically for these band members and these instruments, with their skills and respectively own interpretations as well as their special tone quality and their "playing philosophy". The result is a total work of art, which causes people to take notice.
Michel Reis is a very talented jazz pianist and composer. He was born in Luxembourg 30 years ago but currently lives in New York City. On Hidden Meaning, he heads a quartet also including Stefan Karl Schmid on soprano, tenor, and clarinet, bassist Robert Landfermann, and drummer Jonas Burgwinkel. The quartet performs 11 of Reis’ originals. The music, which includes such titles as “Repercussions,” “Seduction,” “Haunted House,” “What Comes Later, I ...