The different cultural roots of the three musicians shape the sound of their compositions. They blend elements from different musical traditions and creating new and other forms of jazz. [more]
Nessin Howhannesijan Trio - "Circles"
Nesin Howhannesijan - bass
Kelvin Sholar - piano
Ernst Bier - drums
||A New Disguise
Recorded live at Retox Studio Berlin July 10th, 2009
Engineering: Marc Hausmann
Mastering: Marc Hausmann
Coverart: Nesin Howhannesijan
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The different cultural roots of the three musicians shape the sound of their compositions. They blend elements from different musical traditions and creating new and other forms of jazz. Ancient Armenian pieces are clashing with classical music and jazz harmonies. The organic sound of the trio, carried by the three musicians, creates a harmonious ensemble, combining virtuosity with melody.
Nesin Howhannesijan Trio - "Circle"
Konnex KCD 5238
Bassist Nesin Howhannesijan, born in Berlin, with familiar Armenian background and roots in the area of classical music is taking trips into jazz on this CD recorded in July 2009 with Detroit pianist Kelvin Sholar and Berlin's top drummer Ernst Bier. The ten titles contain three adaptations of classical music with themes from Franz Schuberts "Symphony No.8", Johannes Brahms, "Symphony No.4" and Tommaso Albinonis "Adagio". Three tunes are by Kelvin Sholar, Richie Beirachs "Natural Selection", one "Traditional" and a composition by Adolphson as well as Hamasyan. Unfortunately the CD contains no explanatory liner notes.
The music is dominated, but not "killed" by Howhannesijans voluminous bass playing, changing between rhythmic accents and more or less long improvised lines. Both elements show Howhannesijans remarkable craft and intellectual standard. This goes for pianist Sholar as well. Both artists present seamless interaction and immensely inspired dialogue with high solo skills. Drummer Ernst Bier known for his high energy playing, here in considerable restraint, acts always strong, unmistakable and dynamic in varied rhythm, with great empathy for the double bass - piano duo play. On the positive side is that none of the three musicians plays himself spectacularly to the fore, absolute equality is of paramount importance. A trio CD, a bit different from the traditional piano-bass-drum trios, with its demanding chamber music, exciting gestures and the interpretative subtleties requires an ever open-minded listener.
Gerhard Hopfe – Jazz Podium