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Matthias Bublath: Oceans

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Pianist Matthias Bublath works at the crossroads where consistency and diversity meet; the consistency comes with his sound, vision and personnel choices while the diversity connects to the type(s) of music he presents. For Oceans, the German-born, New York-based pianist reconvened the same quintet that birthed his prior album, the highly enjoyable Harvest On The Moon (Self Produced, 2011). Here, the group makes its way through a mixture of music that's alternately funky ("Pocket"), peppy ("Flood") and dreamy ("Wasserburg"). No single style dominates the proceedings, but virtually everything can be traced back to the same piano-playing, songwriting ...

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Matthias Bublath: Harvest On The Moon

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Musicians and farmers may have far different day-to-day routines, but they have at least one thing in common: when their work reaches full maturation, it must be harvested for public consumption. Those digesting the end result of their hard work may not think twice about how it ends up in their hands, but they know the difference between rotten and succulent. Taste, flavor, and freshness are important indicators of a quality product, and these ripe items plucked from the mind of Matthias Bublath score high on all three counts. Bublath, a German-born, New York-based pianist and composer, ...

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Matthias Bublath: Diversity

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With his fifth release in five years, Munich-born Matthias Bublath demonstrates, once again, that he's a creative powerhouse. The composer/pianist/organist has the knack of achieving a rare and enviable outcome made famous by artists like Dave Brubeck: specifically, his music satisfies a sophisticated palate while appealing to a general audience.Diversity is an apt title, a musical kaleidoscope that brings together musicians from four continents. Although he is a fine musician in his own right, first and foremost Bublath's approach serves the music and places a premium on a strong group dynamic. His original compositions draw organically from his ...

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Matthias Bublath: Voices

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Variety is said to be the spice of life. Taken one further, musical variety is the spice of a happy existence. Pianist, organist, composer and arranger Matthias Bublath easily shifts from Brazilian to Afro-Cuban, from jazz and R&B to gospel and funk. Bublath has performed at many festivals and events around the world, including the Montreux Jazz Festival. He works New York-area jazz clubs, as well as engages himself in composing and arranging for various ensembles, motion pictures and television. On Voices, his core trio includes bassist Tim Lefebvre and drummer Zach Danziger.“Nice Green Bo" is ...

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Matthias Bublath: Getting Organized

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At the turn of the decade, German-born pianist Matthias Bublath got organized at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA. After a free-wheeling stint in Linz, Austria, his musical education began in earnest, but it was also at Berklee that he took up the Hammond B3 organ. Since then the young pianist has become an enthusiastic organ specialist, using both instruments to develop his musical ideas.

Although he's a thoroughly proficient player, the range and richness of his compositional prowess is especially striking. Starting in 2006 he has released a CD every year featuring his ...

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Matthias Bublath: Second Angle

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It's difficult to imagine good jazz without a bass, but a Hammond B3 organ in the right hands can cover the absence quite well. Matthias Bublath has such hands. Bublath, a fixture on the New York scene, has performed at many festivals around the world and toured extensively in the United States, Europe and Japan. Accompanying him on Second Angle are Tim Collins on vibes, Scott Bourgeois on saxophone and Obed Colvaire on drums. The melody of “Dump the Goose" is fun, but not challenging. The solos, however, are another story, with Bourgeois putting the horn ...

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Matthias Bublath: Second Angle

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Since moving to New York City from Germany, pianist/organist Matthias Bublath has been making a name for himself as an in-demand sideman for the likes of Lenny Picket, Mike Clark and Lionel Loueke. For Second Angle, his third release as a leader, Bublath stirs up a greasy set of organ-driven funk with the help of vibraphonist Tim Collins, saxophonist Scott Bourgeois and drummer Obed Calvaire. With the exception of Antonio Carlos Jobim's “Luiza" the disc is comprised of Bublath's groovy original compositions, ranging from riff-based funkers like “Dump the Goose," “Pocket" and “Humidifier," to Afro- Cuban-influenced pieces like ...

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Matthias Bublath: Second Angle

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Second Angle is the third CD from New York-based organist/pianist and composer Matthias Bublath. His two previous releases saw him exploring two disparate sound-worlds individually: Latin music and jazz/funk. Here, with the help of vibraphonist Tim Collins, drummer Obed Calvaire, and saxophonist Scott Bourgeois, Bublath seeks to unify and consolidate these ideas rather than segregating them.

The unique instrumentation provides a wide range of possible colors and timbres, all of which are exploited fully by the group. Collins shares the accompaniment with the well-educated hands and feet of Bublath, and both are given equal time at the fore alongside Bourgeois. ...

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Matthias Bublath: Matthias Bublath Band

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Making his transition from the academy to the “streets, pianist/organist/composer/arranger Matthias Bublath has released a trio/quartet album boasting a motley mix of sounds and skills. Simmered and steeped in soulful grooviness, tracks like “Jazzy Jazz, “Preachin,' “Stacy, and “Pain Relief owe a debt to the church, blues, and funk roots of African-American improvisational music, greatly aided and abetted by drummer Simon Lott's crackling dry snare and just-behind-the-beat backbone, played in-the-pocket with relaxed authority. The trio cuts (with Nathan Peck on bass) include a serious take on “A Girl From Ipanema (a risky business given the tune's overplayed history, but pulled ...



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