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spontaneous international jazz friends -
 "no. one"
MVM Konnex MVM-KCD 4001

 
 

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

 

1. Witchcraft Cy Coleman 3.37
2. Dindi A. C. Jobim 6.17
3. Just Friends Klemmer/Lewis 4.02
4. Little Waltz Ron Carter 5.24
5. Question & Answer Pat Metheny 7.15
6. Falling Grace Steve Swallow 5.14
7. You say you care Robin/Styne 5.59
8. Quiet now Denny Zeitlin 3.45

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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Linernotes

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 Índer 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 Índer 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.

 

 
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