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by Phillip Woolever
The German group Panzerballett may have a metal edge on much of their music, but there's no mistaking that by any rational judgment this is also a definitive jazz band. Fans can always count on unpredictably adventuresome twists to the standard form on classics like Birdland" or Take Five" amidst inspired originals. Much of the group's foundation comes from front man guitarist Jan Zehrfeld's formative years in ensembles ranging from the German National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Peter ...read more
by John Kelman
Those who bemoaned the breakup of the short-lived quintet version of mid-1990s group Lost Tribe which, along with saxophonist David Binney, bassist Fima Ephron and drummer Ben Perowsky, featured the twin guitar salvo of David Gilmore and Adam Rogers, will welcome the ACT debut of guitarist Jan Zeherfeld's Panzerballett. With a similar lineup, Panzerballett is as intrepid as Lost Tribe ever was in finding unexpected ways to bring together styles many would consider incompatible.
Unlike Lost ...read more