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In November ´99 Christian Eckert was named one of the ten most talented young guitarists on the international jazz-scene by the magazine " Jazz thing ", along with colleagues such as Mark Whitfield, Kurt Rosenwinkel or Peter Bernstein. In Nov. ´00 his 3rd CD was released by A-Records, which is called "Double You". Without leaving the band's acoustic base he has changed its musical concept by adding the sounds of the Hammond Organ and the Fender Rhodes. And without the intention of wearing out any kind of 'retro-wave', I brought in some African grooves and funky Go-Go beats, giving the music a new and fresh colour. Christian Eckert is one of the increasingly rare breed of composers who can tell coherent stories. His supply of pithy ideas, melodies and investigations seem sheer endless. That he wanted to forge a bridge to the great Blue Note label era is clear from the first tone: warm sounds, clear linear guidance and a quartet of outstanding musicians.
Track Listing: one two seven
Personnel: Christian Eckert git., Jo Bartmes keyb., Johannes Schaedlich b. & Dirik Schilgen dr.
I love jazz because it mixes intellect and emotion in a very spontaneous way.
I was first exposed to jazz by liberating a Coltrane and a Pharoah Sanders record from a friend in NYC and listening to them over and over until I got it.
My advice to new listeners is you have to take the time to listen to some jazz tunes a number of times until it starts to make sense.