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Matthias Bublath

Read "Matthias Bublath" reviewed by Alan Bryson

Matthias Bublath is a composer, pianist, organist, and keyboardist based in jny: Munich, Germany. After graduating from the Berklee College of Music in jny: Boston, he lived in jny: New York City for several years honing his skills before returning to his native Munich in 2009. During those years in New York he forged musical bonds which have continued to serve him well. He still works closely with vibraphonist Tim Collins, also based now in Munich, and he has managed ...

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Matthias Bublath: Oceans

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Pianist Matthias Bublath works at the crossroads where consistency and diversity meet; the consistency comes with his sound, vision and personnel choices while the diversity connects to the type(s) of music he presents. For Oceans, the German-born, New York-based pianist reconvened the same quintet that birthed his prior album, the highly enjoyable Harvest On The Moon (Self Produced, 2011). Here, the group makes its way through a mixture of music that's alternately funky ("Pocket"), peppy ("Flood") and ...

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Matthias Bublath: Harvest On The Moon

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Musicians and farmers may have far different day-to-day routines, but they have at least one thing in common: when their work reaches full maturation, it must be harvested for public consumption. Those digesting the end result of their hard work may not think twice about how it ends up in their hands, but they know the difference between rotten and succulent. Taste, flavor, and freshness are important indicators of a quality product, and these ripe items plucked from the mind ...

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Matthias Bublath: Diversity

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With his fifth release in five years, Munich-born Matthias Bublath demonstrates, once again, that he's a creative powerhouse. The composer/pianist/organist has the knack of achieving a rare and enviable outcome made famous by artists like Dave Brubeck: specifically, his music satisfies a sophisticated palate while appealing to a general audience.Diversity is an apt title, a musical kaleidoscope that brings together musicians from four continents. Although he is a fine musician in his own right, first and foremost Bublath's ...

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Matthias Bublath: Voices

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Variety is said to be the spice of life. Taken one further, musical variety is the spice of a happy existence. Pianist, organist, composer and arranger Matthias Bublath easily shifts from Brazilian to Afro-Cuban, from jazz and R&B to gospel and funk. Bublath has performed at many festivals and events around the world, including the Montreux Jazz Festival. He works New York-area jazz clubs, as well as engages himself in composing and arranging for various ensembles, motion pictures ...

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Matthias Bublath: Getting Organized

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At the turn of the decade, German-born pianist Matthias Bublath got organized at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA. After a free-wheeling stint in Linz, Austria, his musical education began in earnest, but it was also at Berklee that he took up the Hammond B3 organ. Since then the young pianist has become an enthusiastic organ specialist, using both instruments to develop his musical ideas. Although he's a thoroughly proficient player, the range ...

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Matthias Bublath: Second Angle

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Second Angle is the third CD from New York-based organist/pianist and composer Matthias Bublath. His two previous releases saw him exploring two disparate sound-worlds individually: Latin music and jazz/funk. Here, with the help of vibraphonist Tim Collins, drummer Obed Calvaire, and saxophonist Scott Bourgeois, Bublath seeks to unify and consolidate these ideas rather than segregating them.

The unique instrumentation provides a wide range of possible colors and timbres, all of which are exploited fully by the group. Collins shares the ...

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Matthias Bublath: Matthias Bublath Band

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Making his transition from the academy to the “streets, pianist/organist/composer/arranger Matthias Bublath has released a trio/quartet album boasting a motley mix of sounds and skills. Simmered and steeped in soulful grooviness, tracks like “Jazzy Jazz, “Preachin,' “Stacy, and “Pain Relief owe a debt to the church, blues, and funk roots of African-American improvisational music, greatly aided and abetted by drummer Simon Lott's crackling dry snare and just-behind-the-beat backbone, played in-the-pocket with relaxed authority. The trio cuts (with Nathan Peck on ...