|ÜBER UND UNTER (2016) | BLUE NOTE / UNIVERSAL|
Some of the reviews for “Im Vertrauen”, the debut album of the Julia Kadel Trio, almost read like film critiques. There was mention of images passing in front of the mind’s eye, sometimes as sketches, sometimes as a huge panorama.
That musical mind-trip continues with “Über und Unter”, the trio’s 2nd album, highly awaited by their fans.
Julia Kadel and her two fellow musicians dealt with the laurels and the pressure of expectation that came along with them as confident as their music sounded right from the start. They know exactly what they want: “As a trio we stick to our preferences of playing my own compositions on the one hand and improvising freely on the other hand,” says Kadel. On their new album they immersed deeper into this mixture and thus broadened its range audibly: “This time we have very different moods and sounds. We explored heights and depths and reorientated ourselves repeatedly in this context.”
For Julia Kadel and her bandmates the outstanding compositions constitute sounds that are developed from images and situations. The album’s opener, for example, is entitled “Hero”. “Aquite a pathetic title,” Julia Kadel admits. “But to me ‘hero’ is somehow a short, strong word which - and I find this intriguing - is rarely used in everyday speech. It is almost as if there were no more heroes. But for me they definitely still exist!”
Their successful live shows draw a surprisingly young crowd one would rather expect at a trendy pop concert. Julia Kadel is convinced that “it would be too easy to think that jazz is too complicated and complex for ordinary music listeners. People can indeed listen with ‘new ears’ again and again and feel comfortable with any form of sound.” Since the release of their debut album Julia Kadel and her trio played many concerts, in small clubs as well as at big festivals like the prestigious Jazzfest Berlin or the Überjazz Festival in Hamburg, and received an overwhelmingly positive feedback from the audience.
On the new album you’ll get an idea of how the Julia Kadel Trio interacts with its audience because some of the tracks have been recorded in front of a small audience. “We wanted to produce a studio album, but at the same time have an audience to push us forward the way it happens at our concerts. We really enjoy this!”
Julia Kadel (piano)
Karl-Erik Enkelmann (bass)
Steffen Roth (drums)
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