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Thomas Rotter

The bassplayer and composer Thomas Rotter, living in Stuttgart, Germany, is well known in the European jazz scene for his work as a sidemen with the Argentine drummer Daniel Messina. For 12 years he plays in his trio and together they recorded 3 CDs. They played in countless clubs and festivals in Europe, Bolivia and Argentina. But also other musicians appreciate the qualities of the Latinbass specialist: the brazilian saxophonist Cléber Alves books him for 3 years for his tours in Europe as the only "not Brazilian" member of the band and many international musicians like Maria Joao, Roxana Amed, Bob Degen or Wolfgang Lackerschmid are on the list of his musical partners.

Thomas Rotter displays his soulful versatility as an instrumentalist and as a composer on his debut album "Traumzeit". It features 10 beautiful original compositions by Thomas and the tunes seem to have special qualities: two songs from album, "Rainsong" and "No way out", were several weeks among the "Top Ten Jazz compositions" on the composers platform "sibeliusmusic" in 2000. Besides two fine and in Germany well known musicians, Ull Moeck on piano and Jochen Feucht on saxes, the just released CD features two special guests from Brazil: one of the most busy brazilian drummers; André "Limao" Queiroz from Belo Horizonte, who worked with top musicians like Toninho Horta and Maria Schneider, and, last but not least, Cléber Alves on tenor-and sopranosaxes. Cléber is also from Belo Horizonte and gained some special reputation for his 2006 released album "Revinda" which was choosen as the "best instrumental album" from Minas Gerais. Thomas was born and raised in Lüdenscheid/Germany and had his first guitar lessons at the age of 15. Later on he switched to bass and began to study this instrument as an autodidact. At the same time he became interested in Jazz music and in 1988 he moved to Stuttgart/Germany to study electric bass at the High school for music with Prof. Bernd Konrad and Thomas Heidepriem. Since that time he began to work as a professional musician involved in different styles and projects.


What listeners say about the new record Traumzeit:

“I have to admit that I do not listen to jazz music very often, but this one I like very much”. T.Leitl

“This is one of the very few jazz recordings I put on the list of my “most liked albums””. E.Gross

About Rainsong: “WOW! I love this chart! This chart, as well as many other Rotter charts, is fantastic...! Thank you for writing such great music!” K.Eberle

Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson


Mulatina Records



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