MATTI KLEIN SOUL TRIO - New Album (Released 28/2/20)


January 24, 2020 - 244 views
As musical director for the Brazilian soul superstar Ed Motta and - armed with his various vintage
keyboards - via his previous band Mo' Blow, Berlin-based Matti Klein has gained a reputation as
one of the most interesting groove jazz musicians on the German scene, appearing in renowned
clubs like Ronnie Scott’s in London, the Blue Note in Tokyo and the Highline Ballroom in New York,
as well as at international festivals such as Pori Jazz, Jazz in Marciac and the Leverkusener
Jazztage. The man in the smart hat has also shared stages and studio time with stars such as
Nils Landgren, Jimmy Somerville and David T. Walker.
 
And now…the Matti Klein Soul Trio, the initial spark for which came after Mo' Blow celebrated their
farewell tour in 2016. Keyboardist Klein soon found a new dream line-up with his former bandmate
André Seidel on drums and the addition of Lars Zander on saxophone and bass clarinet. "In this
trio, I can live out my love of instrumental groove jazz as well as create an exciting format for my
compositions, with the Wurlitzer as the main instrument, creating a new basic sound,” says Klein.
"Instead of a classic line-up with bass, the three of us, with the Rhodes Bass in my left hand, can
play pretty fat grooves. The soul in the band name is also very important to me, as an emphasis
that this is an absolute affair of the heart."
 
The trio’s debut album, recorded, mixed and co-produced by Axel Reinemer (of Jazzanova) in
the Jazzanova Recording Studio, spans a wide stylistic arc and encompasses Klein’s musical
evolution. From the Soul Jazz groove ‘Kill It With A Pill’, which picks up where he left off with
Mo’ Blow, the crooked but not bent ‘Fairly Odd Stories’, the ‘African Taxitrip’ (which pays tribute
to Dollar Brand and to Matti Klein’s history with the Afrobeat band Kabu Kabu), the dreamy
downtempo hip-hop flow of ‘Windy Move’ (which dates back to a meeting with the producer
Samon Kawamura) the "unlucky love song" ‘Tastes Like Chocolate, Strawberry’, right through
to the eight and a half minute suite ‘River Journey’ (the travelogue of a canoe trip on the
Jongunjoki river in Eastern Finland), the restless fireworks are audible throughout, rising from
the depths of the soul to Hallelujah heights.
SOUL TRIO
TRACKLISTING
1  Kill It With A Pill
2  Fairly Odd Stories
3  Seraya Blues
4  African Taxitrip
5  Windy Move
6  Take Heart Catch Life
7  Little Thing 
8  Gringo Funk
9  River Journey
10  Tastes Like Chocolate, Strawberry
11  Home Is (Where The Beat Is) 
 
All music composed by Matti Klein
Produced by Axel Reinemer & Matti Klein

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