German-American jazz pianist Benny Lackner lived in the US almost 20 years, and about half of that in NYC. In the States he studied at the California Institute of the Arts under the direction of Charlie Haden and his mentor Brad Mehldau.
One year ago, Leverkusen became once again a kind of Mecca for many jazz-fans who got the luck to experience the sold out concert of the legendary drummer Billy Cobham. We will release the CD, one DVD and a deluxe-edition in spring 2012.
On "ISLANDS", MEZZOFORTE sound much more "acoustic" than usually. Instead of the keyboards, the brilliant Eythor Gunnarsson more and more prefers the grand piano. The drums of Gulli Briem sound more "jazzy", Bruno Müller's Guitar is funky and smacking in a clubbing style, the wind section uses its space for characteristic solos and Johann Asmundsson keeps the whole thing together with his grooving bass.
Is "ISLANDS" a perfect fusion cd? Yes, but why such categorization? MEZZOFORTE have produced a fantastic album.
Gershwin with Strings feat. NDR POPS ORCHESTRA
Tok Tok Tok
Soul meets Hollywood!
Tok Tok Tok’s last album release: ‘Gershwin with Strings’ will be released September 21st in Germany.
A big Goodbye Tour with over 30 concerts will follow thereafter, at which Tok Tok Tok will play a programme of highlights of the last 15 years as a farewell gift to their fans.