Andy Herrmann (p) Henning Sieverts (b) Matthias Daneck (dr) Recorded 14./15.07.2004 and mixed 6./7.09.2004 by Winnie Leyh at Klangstudio Leyh, Sandhausen . Such describes George Gruntz - former program manager of the Berlin Jazz Festival - the pianist. Andy Herrmann was born in 1965 in Äpfingen/Germany. Already during his piano studies at the \'Swiss Jazz School\' in Bern he played in the quartet of the legendary American saxophone player Robin Kenyatta. Then he played regularly with jazz stars like Benny Golson (ts), Jiggs Whigham (tb), Jimmy Woode (b), Dave Liebman (ss), Reggie Johnson (b) and many others. He studied composition at the Musikhochschule Freiburg. Then Andy Herrmann concentrated on the trio and found an ideal trio team with Henning Sieverts on bass and Matthias Daneck on drums. Henning Sieverts is one of the most demanded bassists of the German jazz scene. 1990 he received the Musikförderpeis of the Bavarian capital Munich, 1991 he won the jazz contest of the \'International Society Of Bassists\'. He produced more than 50 CDs, four under his own name. From 2004 on he is producing and presenting regular jazz programmes at the Bayerische Rundfunk. Matthias Daneck (drums) became well-known with own projects as \'Now\' or \'Instant Loop Generation\'. Daneck´s variety of rhythm and sounds is unequalled. \'Especially fascinating for me on this trio-CD is, that it shows a sovereign creative concept, where ideas are celebrated and musically realized methodically and without a hurry. Three musicians make a varied, vivid music without egoistic thoughts - always playing intensively but with open spaces, which invite the listener to enter. Easily and playfully the trio touches now the European jazz interpretation, then the traditional or modern American piano trio music. That doesn´t mean imitation but assimilation, important for the individual sound, the individual expression. Fantastic solos, matching perfectly and pursuing the actual themes consequently. Briefly: The trio makes a fine music.\' (Quotation from Prof. Martin Schrack). Many musicians asked by Andy Herrmann for a statement to the recorded CD praise the playing together, the solos, the creativity and the team feeling of the trio, together with the eleven Herrmann compositions on the CD \'Circle\'. Trumpet player Randy Brecker says: \'A wonderful CD of trio works which is full of amazing playing and compositions. The interaction between Andy and Henning Sieverts on bass and Matthias Daneck on drums is simply first rate and personifies the best of what Jazz Improvisations is all about.\' The Dutch trumpet player Ack van Rooyen considers the Andy Herrmann Trio \'A remarkable trio with 11 new compositions played without the help of electronics. The solos and interaction of Andy, Henning and Matthias are excellent. Hopefully this production will find a widespread audience.\' The Australian guitar player Peter O´Mara, who is part of the Germann jazz scene for years: \'Andy´s compositions are superb and his improvisational skills are formidable. The trio plays well together and create a nice variety of moods and textures.\' Another positive statement comes of another guitar player - Philip Catherine: \'Andy´s music is inspiring, nice and captivating. All different compositions are well arranged to suit this excellent piano trio.\' Three German pianists also see the music of their collegue Andy Herrmann absolutely positive. In addition to the above quoted Martin Schrack Klaus Ignatzeck wrote: \'Andy Herrmann is a sound aesthete at the piano. On this CD he convinces with finely nuanced, richly facetted piano play.\' And last but not least Reiner Tempel: \'Andy Herrmann shows himself with his first rate trio as creative composer and mature pianist. You could analyse your impression like this: carefully formed arrangements, finely chased improvisations, homogenous band sound, open spaces and interaction.\' In brief words: Randy Brecker - \'Highly recommended\' Adam Nussbaum - \'I´m really enjoying it\' Ack van Rooyen - \'My sincere compliments\' Peter O´Mara - \'I can highly recommend this music\' Klaus Ignatzeck - \'Music that will enjoy each jazz piano trio fan\' Rainer Tempel - \'Simply good music\'.
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