BORIS NETSVETAEV (p), PHIL STEEN (b) und KAI BUSSENIUS (ds).
They have the features necessary to give this so complex and traditional trio setting an original character: they are devoted to the music as a whole, they are virtuosos on their instruments, they are young and at the same time have collected a huge wealth of experience. And … they are friends.
Since the founding of the Hammer Klavier Trio in 2002, their individual personalities miraculously melt together when they head to the improvisational journey with an interlude of Prokofiev, an African folk song or an ostinato funk groove. Their music is always one thing:
“Straight-Ahead Jazz, somewhere between Monk and Bad Plus.“ —Jazzthetik, November 2008
The “Hammer Klavier Trio” (HKT) plays acoustic and electric, structured and free, experimental and traditional.
The debut album “Now I know who shot JFK” was released 2008 at the Swiss Jazz label Altrisuoni. A second publication, which will also bring out the electric sound of the trio, is in preparation and planned for 2011. Stay tuned!
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The fleet, youthful ensemble is deeply entrenched in jazz's 21st century incarnations, embracing genre-hopping styles, global influences and a devotion to collective freedom. —All About Jazz
Piano trios are a dime-a-dozen in jazz, but electro-acoustic outfits that cover this much ground are a relative rarity; that's what makes the Hammer Klavier Trio such a find. —Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz