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Zodiak Trio


Acid     (05.10.2012)
Q-Train     (23.04.2010)

Genre: Jazz


John-Dennis Renken - trumpet, electronics, composition
Andreas Wahl - guitars, electronics
Bernd Oezsevim - drums

Every single note is gold. Are there any jazz records that can fulfill such a claim? Is Zodiak Trio’s second album even jazz at all? The lineup of trumpet, guitar, and drums would lead one to think so, and it certainly wouldn’t be wrong to place the trio’s music in the immediate vacinity thereof. If, however, you really get immersed in this band’s rugged sound architecture, you’ll find just as much that is jazz-like as jazz-alien. There is improvisation here, not only with notes and themes, but with sounds and densities, states of matter from solid, to liquid, to gas, to gold. Most unusual are the shortcuts they take to get down to the nitty gritty. From jazz to rock and back again you don’t have to take detours over those worn out and bumpy old jazz-rock roads. The Zodiak Trio finds exactly the right note for a new decade still in search of its sound identity.



Zodiak Trio - Live at jazzahead - German Jazz Expo


05.10.2012     Out now:
Zodiak Trio

CD 4575
file under: jazz
VÖ 05.10.2012

Advanced chemistry instead of advanced culture! Acid: corrosive yet indispensable for industrial i.e. productive processes. Material is moved, dismantled and reassembled. Aggregate states change. That which once appeared to be solid and unalterable, suddenly dissolves in a hissing stream of steam. All this produces friction, heat and noise. The effort varies, at times it only takes a few seconds and then again, ten minutes may hardly be enough.

The Zodiak Trio from Essen is preparing to strike for their third time. But what’s with Essen? The trumpet player John-Dennis Renken and the guitar player Andreas Wahl still both come from that metropolitan city in the Ruhr region, which is renowned for its indecisive relationship to tradition and progress. However, the drummer Bernd Oezsevim set up camp in Berlin ages ago. That means the Zodiak Trio belongs to the currently extremely fertile Berlin – NRW axis which can also be described with groups like Grünen, Bellbird, Tobias Hoffman’s Fallschirme, Expressway Sketches and more. But the trio’s efficiency factor reaches far beyond the east-west latitude of German jazz events. The Zodiak Trio needs to be measured according to international standards. ... read more


Out now:
Zodiak Trio

CD 4538-2
file under: Jazz

"The Zodiak Trio pulses with energy, even when it’s playing slowly and softly; the restless impulse to uncover and explore new possibilities is ever-present in this trio’s work. But that is far from the entire story. I know John-Dennis and Andreas, and I’ve played with them (and I’d like to get to know Bernd as well), and I’ve experienced for myself the sense of fun they bring to making music. I think it was Gil Evans who described this balance of serious intentions and play as “a party with a purpose.”"
Steve Swallow Februar 2010

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