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Bruno Heinen Sextet: Tierkreis

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British pianist Bruno Heinen studied classical music at the Royal College of Music, and jazz with fellow countryman and renowned jazz pianist John Taylor. He comes from both sides of the fence so to speak, which is an aspect that translates rather well on these pieces composed by pioneering and influential classical composer Karlheinz Stockhausen. Heinen's articulate and imaginative arrangements of Tierkreis (the signs of the Zodiac) are framed on 12 melodies based on tone rows. And one of the more conspicuous attributes of this presentation resides within Heinen's ability to translucently fuse these often disparate musical genres.

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Bruno Heinen Sextet: Tierkreis

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Karlheinz Stockhausen's compositions seldom make it into a jazz musician's list of jam session favorites. Pianist Bruno Heinen might just change that with his interpretation of Stockhausen's 1974-75 composition “Tierkreis," twelve pieces based on the signs of the zodiac and written originally for twelve musical boxes. The Bruno Heinen Sextet's debut album, Tierkreis, keeps some of the musical boxes and enlivens each piece with jazz instrumentation and sensibility.The London-based Heinen, bassist Andrea Di Biase and drummer Jon Scott also form Dialogues Trio. That band's debut album, Twinkle Twinkle (Babel Label, 2012), featured a set of tunes inspired by ...

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Dialogues Trio with Julian Siegel: Twinkle Twinkle

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The UK-based Dialogues Trio was formed in 2005 and is led by pianist Bruno Heinen, who sports an insightful compositional pen here on the band's debut, Twinkle Twinkle. The musicians often radiate a workingman's type process, where no dillydallying or inflated soloing escapades rule the roost. Featuring reedman Julian Siegel, lending his wares on select tracks, it's an album that yields supplementary rewards on ensuing listens. The trio blends convention with offbeat phrasings and deviations, where Heinen translucently intersperses modern classical forms into the jazz vernacular via untraditional time signatures, cool swing vamps and occasional journeys into the ...

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Dialogues Trio: Twinkle Twinkle

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Pianist Bruno Heinen formed Dialogues Trio in 2005 with bassist Andrea Di Biase and drummer Jon Scott. The trio has played numerous live concerts in Italy and the UK since its inception, but the three players have also been involved in other projects--including Heinen's work with Palestinian singer Reem Kelani, Di Biase's membership in trumpeter Kenny Wheeler Trio and Scott's activities with the Kairos 4tet. Seven years after the band's formation, Twinkle Twinkle is its debut recording: ten tunes inspired by one well-established children's rhyme. “Twinkle twinkle little star" is one of the most immediately recognizable opening ...



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