TRANSMITTER

by Bellbird

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released April 27, 2012

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„Eine höchst urbane und zeitgenössische Musik, die jedoch an den Glocken des menschlichen Urempfindens klingelt.“
(JAZZTHING, Juni 2012)

„Jazz ist auf „Transmitter“ kein abgehobenes Klangweltbild einer überqualifizierten Musikerelite, der es völlig egal ist, ob ihr überhaupt noch jemand zuhört. […] Mit Bellbird tut sich dem deutschen und europäischen Jazz ein Stück Zukunft auf, das mitten in der Alltagserfahrung der Gegenwart verankert ist, mit seinem Lebensentwurf aber auch neue Perspektiven eröffnet.“
(WOLF KAMPMANN - Jazz Journalist, Autor des Reclam Jazzlexikon)

„Wie mit einem Glockenschlag verwandelt sich das Tonmaterial, trotzt den abstrakten Räumen der Improvisation, [...] formt sich das weiche, minimalistische Material zum befreienden Soundscape. Aufeinander einlassen heißt bei Bellbird die erste Devise, die zweite: Dem Einzelnen die Freiheit lassen sich im Kollektiv zu behaupten.“
(JAZZPODIUM, Juni 2012)

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Christoph Möckel : Saxophone, Clarinet
Holger Werner : Bass Clarinet, Clarinet
Tobias Hoffmann : Guitar, Banjo
Marco Mlynek : Piano, Composition
Oliver Lutz : Double Bass
Max Andrzejewski : Drums

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Bellbird is one of those young German jazz groups that draw on the vitality and creativity of the Cologne-Berlin axis. Woodwind players Christoph Möckel and Holger Werner, guitarist Tobias Hoffmann, pianist Marco Mlynek, bass player Oliver Lutz and percussionist Max Andrzejewski make up this solid "twelve-handed" orchestra. The musicians are not only perfectly attuned but combine to form a brilliant unity of individual opposites. Everybody has his place. No note, no beat, no nuance and no intention is superfluous.

The jazz on "Transmitter" is no self-indulgent musical realm inhabited by an elite of overqualified musicians who don't give a damn if anyone's still listening. Jazz confronts us here as an alternative culture lived by young people who can identify just as passionately with hardcore, hip-hop or Americana. This music is unreservedly jazz, and yet you don't need to have been initiated into jazz to find your way into its treasures.

Band leader and composer Marco Mlynek mediates in his highly individual way conversation between the mid-sixties post-bop and the minimalism of a Steve Reich. But Mlynek also demonstrates a sure hand in translating electronic processes back into an acoustic context. In this respect, Bellbird is perhaps closer to post-rock bands like Tortoise and Battles than they are to a large chunk of jazz history. Their sound is as light and melodious as it is delicate. The surface texture of this music is constantly changing. And the more often you listen the more you find the complex gets simpler and the simple gets complexer.

With Bellbird, a piece of the future opens up for German and European jazz – a future that is rooted in today's everyday experience, while opening up new vistas through its exciting lifestyle project.

Wolf Kampmann (Jazzjournalist, Author of the Reclam Jazz Lexikon)

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