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The Answer (vinyl)

The Jakob Manz Project

The Answer (vinyl)

Format: LP 12inch
Label: ACT music
UPC: 0614427968517
Catnr: ACTLP 96851
Release date: 26 January 2024
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ACT music
Catalogue number
ACTLP 96851
Release date
26 January 2024

About the album

Groove jazz, that’s what we grew up with,“ says alto saxophonist Jakob Manz. "Marcus Miller, David Sanborn and the Brecker Brothers - they’re all in our DNA. But for The Jakob Manz Project’s second album, we also wanted new inspirations which would push us further". The main catalyst for this was a performance at the Papjazz Festival in Haiti. The band were deeply affected by the country and its music, as well as a first encounter with pianist Meddy Gerville from La Réunion. So, whereas we can hear Jakob Manz's breathtaking virtuosity again on "The Answer", it is always something he puts to the service of the music.

Grooves and melodies are to be heard here which are clearly influenced by the more soulful and poppier sides of American jazz. But there are also new colours derived from a serious immersion and engagement with music from beyond the western world. Manz conquers these newly expanded sonic horizons with his band consisting of Hannes Stollsteimer (piano), Frieder Klein (bass) and Paul Albrecht (drums), plus additional percussion from Karl Degenhardt. The guests on the album are from the most diverse directions: Lionel Loueke contributes a fascinating West African touch with vocals and guitar, Alexandra Stollsteimer contributes the sound of classical violin and Matthias Schriefl is on trumpet and alphorn – this last instrument certainly a very rare sighting in a band playing groove jazz. As ever, jazz provides musicians all over the world with a vocabulary to express, share and communicate what moves and influences them, and to allow audiences to appreciate it. In its own life-affirming way, jazz definitely has "The Answer".



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