Matthias Bublath: Getting Organized

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AAJ: On your new CD Voices, you have quite a mix of styles with you on piano, Rhodes, and Hammond B3, this time with Ezra Brown (t.s.), Zach Danziger (dr), Tim Lefebvre (bass), Anne Drummondi (flute), along with Tim and Takuya. This was quite a group, that's got to be a real kick for you to have players like this interpreting your music?

MB: It is, for me it's a dream come true, especially playing with Zach and Tim, because I grew up listening to their recordings. I finally met them in New York and we played a few gigs, so I asked them to be on my CD.

AAJ: Ezra Brown was also a great addition to your last CD.

Matthias BublathMB: Yes, he's just incredible. He's from Mississippi and he's got that R&B feel and a lot of soul in his playing. And he's got a great ear for music, he hears everything.

AAJ: It's interesting, you came from a blues background, but you haven't had a guitarist on any of your CDs. Was that a conscious decision?

MB: Yeah, you know there are so many organ trios with guitar, so especially for my organ CD Second Angle, I didn't want to have a guitar because I wanted to try a new instrumentation. So I choose to use the vibes as a chordal instrument. And just being a pianist, you play lots of chords, so I wanted to do the chordal stuff on my records.

But I do play with guitarists, and maybe in the future, but with the music I've recorded so far I just didn't hear a guitar in my mind.

AAJ: I noticed you guested on a recording with the young Bavarian pop phenomenon Claudia Koreck. How did that come about?

MB: I still know a lot of people in Munich, so sometimes I get calls for stuff. That's actually why I'm in Germany right now because we just did a CD release at the Zircus Krone in Munich last Friday.

Matthias BublathAAJ: You did a project with your father here in Germany entitled "Science meets jazz." In America, the name Bublath doesn't ring a bell with most people, but in Germany your father is a prominent television personality with a scientific background. How did the project go?

MB: I think he always wanted to do something like that—give people some education but entertain them at the same time. So, last January we did four shows and it worked very well, and we're going to do another one on Oct. 30th at BMW in Munich.

There is a bit of narration and a giant video projection screen with visuals of the universe, and we play behind those movies. For us it's a full concert, and towards the end we can really express ourselves.

AAJ: Seems like a "Cosmic Suite" is just waiting to be composed, with movements like "The Big Bang," "Singularity," "String Theory," "Dark Matter," "Black Hole" ...

MB: It's true, there are many possibilities. And you know with a project like this we reach a much larger audience than is normally the case with jazz.

Selected discography

Matthias Bublath, Voices (Downhill Music, 2009)

Claudia Koreck, Barfuss um die Welt (Ariola Germany, 2008)

Matthias Bublath, Second Angle (Matthias Bublath, 2008)

Matthias Bublath, Latin Jazz (Matthias Bublath, 2007)

Chicken Gravy (Takuya Kuroda), It's better with Chicken Gravy (Chicken Gravy, 2007)

Matthias Bublath, Mathias Bublath Band(Matthias Bublath, 2007)

Giana Viscardi, Tinge (Megaphon, 2002)

Photo Credit

All Photos Courtesy of Matthias Bublath
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