Hartmut Hillmann Band
Hartmut Hillmann is a bass player, composer, educator residing in Germany
Hartmut Hillmann is one of the most prolific German six string
bass guitar players since more than
twenty-five years. Initially inspired by Anthony Jackson, he
started to adapt the styles of the likes as
Jaco Pastorius and Marcus Miller for the six stringed fretted and
fretless instrument in 1987.Besides
his incredible ability to groove and playing supportive, he is an
ethnomusicologist having studied
African and Indian rhythms intensively.
Leaving the Europe and Africa touring odd-meter Funk band
“Zabriskie Point“ after six years in 1997,
he started to focus on his solo career with his project “Illicit
Poetry“ as composer, arranger and leader.
The results were two CDs: “Eclectic Jazz“ and “Uncivilized“.
Though enthu- siastically acclaimed by
many critics, there was not the major record deal Hartmut had
dreamed of, and he retired in
frustration from the music biz in 2002. He started teaching kids
with special needs jazz and
improvisation as a therapeutical means, exploring his Buddhist
practice and playing drums in his
German-Japanese Band “Ushi-Tora“ for five years.
He jumped back to the scene in 2007 joining several bands and
projects as bass player: Dgroove,
Wasserspiele, Mike Burn And Friends, Scottish singer Kate
Cassidy, touring with fellow bass player
Kai Eckhardt and doing some solo concerts.
Since summer of 2008 he‘s leading his own project again,
named: "The Hartmut Hillmann Band“
featuring some of the finest musicians: Joe Hain on keyboards,
percussionist Klaus Frölich and
Indian/Tamil percussionist Warren Wunderlich and drummer
Michael Penning. The bands mix of natural
instruments with extensive use of loops and electronics results in
The Hartmut Hillmann Band can be heard as the house band at
Frankfurt‘s Japanese Club
„Mangetsu“ at their monthly full moon party.
Besides all that Hartmut continues to coach kids with special
needs and giving bass master classes.
In 2013 Hartmut realized his dream of a two-basses setup with Ralf Bopp on bass
guitar and acoustic bass.
My Jazz Story
"Jazz is the expressive cry of the soul. It awakens courage and strengthens the
human spirit. It enlivens our life force. It unifies people. In that dimension, jazz
profoundly resonates with the teachings of Buddhism." - Daisaku Ikeda