In 1997 Ernst Bier and Stefan Weeke were touring a lot
as a rhythm section for many different bands. One night their schedule brought them to Istanbul where they were to play at a festival for the exchange of art and music between Istanbul and Berlin ... [more]
Cover: Regina Beecken / Robert Schalinski
Önder Focan - guitar
Stefan Weeke - bass
Ernst Bier - drums
||A. C. Jobim
|| Just Friends
||Question & Answer
||You say you care
Recorded: tapatoe studio Berlin 2.8.2002
Engineer: Marco Birkner
Cover-Concept & Artwork by Regina Beecken
Additional Coverwork by Robert Schalinski
Photographs by Lux
Stefan Weeke plays Velvet Strings
Önder Focan plays Thomastik-Infeld-Strings & Höfner Guitars
Ernst Bier plays Bosphorus Cymbals
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In 1997 Ernst Bier and Stefan Weeke were touring a lot as a rhythm section for many different bands. One night their schedule brought them to Istanbul where they were to play at a festival for the exchange of art and music between Istanbul and Berlin.
Backstage the great Turkish jazz master Önder Focan invited them to visit a well-known jazz club after the concert. The two did and, together with many other musicians, shared a great night of jazz and improvisation.
In the early morning, when the sun came up over Istanbul, new friendships had been made that led to a new international high-class jazz formation: The spontaneous international jazz friends.....sijf.
This was followed by a tour through Turkey and a couple of concert visits from Önder Focan to Germany. Inspired by these live activities the musicians decided to give their music a chance on a record. So here it is-another picture of what jazz is about-spontaneity and improvisation-here in a small jazz group ensemble, on an international level. We hope you enjoy it.