Tuesday, March 19, 2013


The pianist and keyboarder Xaver Fischer founded a trio in 1997 together with Hannes Vesper (bass) and Eric Harings (drums). This trio took up the challenge to transform then up-to-date club music like lounge, house and drum’n'bass into their very own composition by playing the music with “real instruments” and adding a little jazz here and there.

Even though it seemed indispensable to work with Djs, Samples, drum loops and other electronic elements at the time, the band chose not to use any of these tools for their music, instead they played everything live, on stage as well as in the studio; classic jazz combo-style. The very distinctive sound of the Xaver Fischer Trio became popular pretty quickly in the club scene and it opened many doors to do some extensive touring around Europe.

Between 1999 and 2005 four albums have been released on Unique Records, some even hit the German jazz charts. At the same time countless compilations that featured the trio’s music have been released. After the preliminary last album, which was called “Visit from a Goddess”, Xaver Fischer went on parental leave and treated himself with a timeout. During that timeout he worked as a studio and session musician for other artists (Sarah Connor, Gunter Gabriel, Joy Denalane, Tom Gaebel, Rea Garvey, amongst others), and additionally he taught music at a University.

Now, 2012, the Xaver Fischer Trio returns with a new cast and a bang. Xaver Fischer, bass player Krischan Frehse who is part of the TV Total Studio band Heavytones and Roachford’s drummer Hendrik Smock, went to the Maarwegstudio in Cologne with basically no precise ideas for songs. The songs essentially developed from spontaneous jam sessions. After two (!) incredibly creative days the band wrapped up their sessions with eleven brand new tracks. While recording they followed their own set of rules:

No Sequencing
No Quantize
No Loops – No Overdubs
No More Than Three Takes
No Digital Editing
No Clicktrack
No Recording Of Things You Can’t Perform Live

The glorious result is an album that shows the typical Xaver Fischer Trio sound topped with an unmistakably fresh new breeze. The Trio worked with elements of Afro beat, jazz-rock and even the current dance music of a David Guetta found its way onto the album.

~ grooveattack.com

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