Thursday, October 13, 2016

Klaus Koenig Seven Things - Seven Things I Always Wanted to Say (2016) MONTREUX JAZZ LABEL

Klaus Koenig, jazz pianist and former sound engineer for the Swiss radio station SFR, made numerous recordings with his Jazz Live Trio for TCB Records. In 1998 he had to stop his musical activity due to an illness in both of his hands. After many years of therapy, the 2012/2013 season with the old/new Jazz Live Trio and the 2013/2014 season with the Seven Things quintet with Dani Schenker, Christoph Merki and the trio meant a return to the music scene.

Klaus Koenig about this album Seven Things I Always Wanted to Know: 
In comparison to our first quintet CD "Piazza Rotonda" (TCB 33 102), (which Steff Rohrbach gave five stars in the same above-mentioned review, well, that did make us happy), I tried to enhance the degree of the simple and the popular even further, to even more consciously avoid the complicated, artificial, even ambitious in the pieces for this second CD, well aware that it is not that easy to evade banality. The degree to which I managed to do this is up to you, the listeners.

1 Der Bachstelzer  03:54
2 Un Po'Di Me  04:38
3 Seven Things I Always Wanted To Say  06:48
4 Fontana Barberini  06:13
5 Old But New And Bold But Blue  05:45
6 Fast For Five  05:22
7 Lied Ohne Worte Nr. 3  05:25
8 Christ Ist Erstanden  08:14

Dani Schenker, trumpet
Christoph Merki, alto sax
Klaus Koenig, piano
Patrick sommer, bass
Andi Wettstein, drums