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by Dave Wayne
German-born drummer Bastian Weinhold came to New York City in 2009 to study at the Manhattan School Of Music. He quickly got a lot of traction around town, recording and subsequently releasing his debut album, River Styx (Frame Music, 2010) just over a year after his arrival. His backing band on that release included Linda Oh, guitarist (and Bastian's brother) Nils Weinhold, pianist Pascal Le Boeuf and tenor saxophonist Adam Larson. It's telling that nearly the same band appears on ...read more
by Warren Allen
Drummer Bastian Weinhold recorded River Styx in one day in Brooklyn. It's the young drummer's self-funded debut, though he has already developed a name for himself alongside players such as saxophonists Seamus Blake and Dave Liebman, and the results are exceptional, as Weinhold brings together a series of his own endlessly intriguing charts with a quintet of great young players, including bassist Linda Oh and tenor saxophonist Adam Larson. High caliber quintets of sax-guitar-keys-bass-drums seem to be ...read more
by Dan Bilawsky
In Greek Mythology, the River Styx was said to separate the world of the living from the world of the dead. With this in mind, it be assumed that drummer Bastian Weinhold's debut might be a drab journey filled with gloom, but that's not the case. A dark, aggressive side certainly comes out in a lot of places, but the rhythmic energy and excitement never waver and River Styx bursts forth with passion at every turn. The ...read more