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Blink 6

Marcus Klossek

Blink 6

Price: € 14.95
Format: CD
Label: Double Moon Records
UPC: 0608917143324
Catnr: DMCHR 71433
Release date: 22 September 2023
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Label
Double Moon Records
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0608917143324
Catalogue number
DMCHR 71433
Release date
22 September 2023

"... Wonderful solos from Nikolaus Neuser on trumpet, Ignaz Dinne on saxophone and Anke Lucks on trombone! Even more striking is the lead guitar with its clear sound, which we have come to expect from Marcus Klossek..."

jazzfun, 17-1-2024
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Guitarist Marcus Klossek – a master on the Fender Telecaster, which Bill Frisell and Jakob Bro also enjoy playing – has caused a stir over the last ten years, especially with his Electric Trio, which includes Carsten Hein on bass and Derek Scherzer on drums. For his new band Blink 6, Klossek reinforced this trio with three wind players from the Berlin scene, namely trombonist Anke Lucks (Insomnia Brass Band), trumpeter Nikolaus Neuser (Potsa Lotsa, Fun Horns) and tenor saxophonist Ignaz Dinné. "I started to compose for a sextet line-up without knowing who was going to play in it," the guitarist said. “After I had composed eight pieces during six months, I needed musicians who could read notes well, who could improvise over changes and who could improvise freely.

He quickly found the right tenor saxophonist in Ignaz Dinné. "Ignaz plays a great free solo in 'Reason 27'," Klossek stated happily. He noticed trumpeter Nikolaus Neuser in the band Potsa Lotsa. Klossek knew Anke Lucks from the Insomnia Brass Band, but he was mostly attracted by a YouTube video that he had discovered on the Internet. “She can also play well over changes,” the guitarist said. After a short rehearsal and a few concerts with the sextet, they went to the Berlin Zentrifuge Studio where Tito Knapp recorded the music. Klossek then mixed the music together with Knapp; the mastering was done by Johannes Kellig in the renowned Bauer Studios in Ludwigsburg. "Blink 6" was produced by Klossek and Volker Dueck. “When I was composing, I just let it go without constantly judging what was produced,” Klossek recalled. “That helped a lot to shape the material.

Afterwards, of course, I went over it again and was then very happy with the result." The eight songs live from many influences and move between contemporary jazz, experimental rock and new music. The multidimensional unity, to which Blink 6 developed quite quickly as a band, filters Klossek's music through the different perspectives of the musicians involved. The songs not only sound different every time at concerts, but Blink 6 has additionally succeeded in making their exploration of melody, harmony and rhythm sound exciting and fresh at all times. As a guitarist, Marcus Klossek deliberately restrained himself on "Blink 6", his tenth album as a band leader, because of course he knew that he was no longer the focus of the music on this project. The focus is on the music itself, and the interplay of the three wind instruments with Klossek's Electric Trio has not only grown beyond the originally composed material, but it also provides the listener with a sound experience between innovative power and a powerful vibe.

Gitarrist Marcus Klossek - ein Meister an der Fender Telecaster, die auch Bill Frisell und Jakob Bro gerne spielen - hat die letzten zehn Jahre vor allem mit seinem Electric Trio, zu dem Carsten Hein am Bass und Derek Scherzer am Schlagzeug gehören, für Aufsehen gesorgt. Für seine neue Band Blink 6 hat Klossek dieses Trio um drei Bläser der Berliner Szene verstärkt, nämlich die Posaunistin Anke Lucks (Insomnia Brass Band), den Trompeter Nikolaus Neuser (Potsa Lotsa, Fun Horns) und den Tenorsaxofonisten Ignaz Dinné. „Ich habe angefangen, für eine Sextettbesetzung zu komponieren, ohne zu wissen, wer das spielen soll“, erzählt der Gitarrist. „Als ich nach einem halben Jahr acht Stücke geschrieben hatte, brauchte ich Musiker, die gut Noten lesen können, die über Changes improvisieren können und die frei improvisieren können.“ Mit Ignaz Dinné hatte er schnell den richtigen Tenorsaxofonisten gefunden - „In ‚Reason 27‘ spielt Ignaz ein tolles freies Solo“, freut Klossek sich -, Trompeter Nikolaus Neuser war ihm in der Band Potsa Lotsa aufgefallen. Anke Lucks kannte Klossek von der Insomnia Brass Band, war aber vor allem von einem Youtube-Video angetan, das er im Internet entdeckt hatte. „Sie kann auch gut über Changes spielen“, zeigt sich der Gitarrist beeindruckt, der nach einer kurzen Probenphase und ein paar Konzerten mit dem Sextett ins Berliner Zentrifuge Studio gegangen ist, wo Tito Knapp die Musik aufgezeichnet hat. Zusammen mit Knapp hat Klossek die Musik dann gemischt, das Mastering hat Johannes Kellig in den renommierten Bauer Studios in Ludwigsburg vorgenommen. Produziert wurde „Blink 6“ von Klossek. „Beim Komponieren habe ich es einfach laufen lassen, ohne das Hervorgebrachte ständig zu beurteilen“, erinnert Klossek sich. „Das hat enorm geholfen, das Material zu formen. Hinterher bin ich natürlich noch einmal drüber gegangen und war dann mit dem Ergebnis sehr glücklich.“ Die acht Songs leben von vielen Einflüssen und bewegen sich zwischen zeitgenössischem Jazz, experimentellem Rock und Neuer Musik.

Die multidimensionale Einheit, zu der sich Blink 6 als Band ziemlich schnell entwickelt haben, filtert Klosseks Musik durch die verschiedenen Blickwinkel der beteiligten Musikerinnen und Musiker. Bei Konzerten klingen die Songs dadurch nicht nur jedesmal anders, es ist Blink 6 auch im Studio gelungen, ihre Erforschung von Melodie, Harmonie und Rhythmus jederzeit aufregend und frisch klingen zu lassen. Als Gitarrist hat Marcus Klossek sich auf „Blink 6“, seinem zehnten Album als Bandleader, absichtlich etwas zurückgehalten, denn natürlich war ihm klar, dass er bei diesem Projekt nicht mehr im Zentrum der Musik steht. Im Zentrum steht die Musik selbst und die ist durch das Zusammenspiel der drei Bläser mit Klosseks Electric Trio nicht nur über das ursprünglich komponierte Material hinausgewachsen - sie beschert den Hörern auch ein Klangerlebnis zwischen innovativer Kraft und einem druckvollen Vibe.

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Marcus Klossek (guitar)

Marcus Klossek Electric Trio Telecaster Jazz Guitar Noire from Berlin Marcus Klossek is one of the growing number of guitarists who perfom Jazz on a Fender Telecaster, the archetype of the electric guitar. A class of musicians that consists of many extraordinary artists; from Jimmy Bryant to Ed Bickert, Bill Frisell, Mike Stern, Jim Campilongo or Jakob Bro, just to name a few. An established name within the Berlin jazz scene who knows how to get to the point with his Electric Trio. A guitar, bass and drums; that's all it takes to make the songs of Marcus Klossek sound great! His brand new album „Time Was Now“, the 8th release as a bandleader and the first one for Double Moon/Challenge Records, is another proof of exceptional storytelling composing skills...
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Marcus Klossek Electric Trio

Telecaster Jazz Guitar Noire from Berlin

Marcus Klossek is one of the growing number of guitarists who perfom Jazz on a Fender Telecaster, the archetype of the electric guitar.

A class of musicians that consists of many extraordinary artists; from Jimmy Bryant to Ed Bickert, Bill Frisell, Mike Stern, Jim Campilongo or Jakob Bro, just to name a few.

An established name within the Berlin jazz scene who knows how to get to the point with his Electric Trio. A guitar, bass and drums; that's all it takes to make the songs of Marcus Klossek sound great!

His brand new album „Time Was Now“, the 8th release as a bandleader and the first one for Double Moon/Challenge Records, is another proof of exceptional storytelling composing skills which go far beyond the average guitar release.

Marcus Klossek has toured countless european clubs and festivals since his music studies at the University of Arts in Amsterdam.

He also has been an instructor for guitar, ensembles and workshops worldwide for many years.

Incidentally, his virtuoso guitar playing has made him one of the busiest musicians with dozens of guest appearances on albums by bands and projects of the German Jazz scene.

Really good stories don't need to be flashy and loud in order to lodge themselves firmly in our hearts.

“In Jazz there is a demand, that on and with the instruments stories should be told.
Marcus Klossek, the guitarist from Berlin, is someone who has internalized this." Martin Laurentius / Jazzthing


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Ignaz Dinne (tenor saxophone)

Anke Lucks (trombone)

Nikolaus Neuser (trumpet)

Composer(s)

Marcus Klossek (guitar)

Marcus Klossek Electric Trio Telecaster Jazz Guitar Noire from Berlin Marcus Klossek is one of the growing number of guitarists who perfom Jazz on a Fender Telecaster, the archetype of the electric guitar. A class of musicians that consists of many extraordinary artists; from Jimmy Bryant to Ed Bickert, Bill Frisell, Mike Stern, Jim Campilongo or Jakob Bro, just to name a few. An established name within the Berlin jazz scene who knows how to get to the point with his Electric Trio. A guitar, bass and drums; that's all it takes to make the songs of Marcus Klossek sound great! His brand new album „Time Was Now“, the 8th release as a bandleader and the first one for Double Moon/Challenge Records, is another proof of exceptional storytelling composing skills...
more

Marcus Klossek Electric Trio

Telecaster Jazz Guitar Noire from Berlin

Marcus Klossek is one of the growing number of guitarists who perfom Jazz on a Fender Telecaster, the archetype of the electric guitar.

A class of musicians that consists of many extraordinary artists; from Jimmy Bryant to Ed Bickert, Bill Frisell, Mike Stern, Jim Campilongo or Jakob Bro, just to name a few.

An established name within the Berlin jazz scene who knows how to get to the point with his Electric Trio. A guitar, bass and drums; that's all it takes to make the songs of Marcus Klossek sound great!

His brand new album „Time Was Now“, the 8th release as a bandleader and the first one for Double Moon/Challenge Records, is another proof of exceptional storytelling composing skills which go far beyond the average guitar release.

Marcus Klossek has toured countless european clubs and festivals since his music studies at the University of Arts in Amsterdam.

He also has been an instructor for guitar, ensembles and workshops worldwide for many years.

Incidentally, his virtuoso guitar playing has made him one of the busiest musicians with dozens of guest appearances on albums by bands and projects of the German Jazz scene.

Really good stories don't need to be flashy and loud in order to lodge themselves firmly in our hearts.

“In Jazz there is a demand, that on and with the instruments stories should be told.
Marcus Klossek, the guitarist from Berlin, is someone who has internalized this." Martin Laurentius / Jazzthing


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Press

... Wonderful solos from Nikolaus Neuser on trumpet, Ignaz Dinne on saxophone and Anke Lucks on trombone! Even more striking is the lead guitar with its clear sound, which we have come to expect from Marcus Klossek...
jazzfun, 17-1-2024

... Many small details, such as the special electric bass sound, individual unaccompanied solo spots by all participants, the discreet but concise use of guitar effects and the original, dryly recorded brass sections, make the music on this album something very special...
Gitarre & Bass, 05-11-2023

... This has a lot of charm, because even if the music seems traditional and familiar on the one hand, it has a clear anchoring in the here and now of listening through this structure, which emphasizes the presence of what is happening...
Jazzthing, 23-8-2023

... The importance of the relationship between composition and improvisation is evident in his work, and he tries to find an ideal balance between the two worlds...
sk.jazz.sk, 19-2-2024

... Floating passages like in "Every.Single.Day." put me in a dreamy mood and allow me as a listener to float along on this carpet of sound created by the guitar ...
musikansich, 16-12-2023

... Right up to this extensive and multifaceted narrative work, of which it can be said: the risk was worth it. ...
Verhoovensjazz, 03-11-2023

... The music whispers with colorful effects, pulsates with subliminal energy and swings when it counts.
jazzfun, 13-10-2023

... "Blink 6" features compactly arranged horn sections, singable melodies and great solos on 8 compositions by Marcus Klossek.
Concerto, 01-10-2023

An album that rewards its value in multiples with every listen, new exciting music fragments keep popping up that initially escaped the listener, perfect.
Rootstime, 01-10-2023

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