Joe Dinkelbach - Lowland
has a tradition in Germany since a long time. There are hundreds of
gigs and events every year. Many labels are selling and releasing jazz
albums and one can also find a lot of websites about this genre.
On the other hand Smooth Jazz is still a niche product. Artists like Christoph
Spendel, Anisha Cay, Wolfgang Mitschke,
Wolfgang Haffner, Harmonic
Obsession, Matt Claus, Curtis
McLaw (Dancing Fantasy, Blue Knights), Yulara,
Dirk K or Ca-RoH
elucidate the Smooth Jazz culture in Germany. But there is certainly
no mainstream movement.
Joe Dinkelbach is one of the new
upcoming artists earning his merits in Smooth Jazz.
He worked together with artists like John Aebercrombie, Dave Liebman,
Charly Mariano, Bill Ramsey, Inga
Harris, Uli Beckerhoff, Detlev Beier, Sylvia Droste.
with saxplayer Paulo Pereira, bassist Marc Ebermann and drummer Ralf
Jackowski Joe recorded in 2002 the CD " Lowland" which is a
mixture of Smooth Jazz, fusion and some electronic songs. Unusual
is the way his debut album came into being.
this CD was recorded as a demo for filmmusic, but however it became
more and more jazzy, so I decided to record some tunes with
"real" instruments," comments Joe his album.
first track Funky Stuff sounds familiar.
Joe plays brilliant improvisations on keyboards, which are rooted in
fusion and funk.
Seahorse is the curious name for a slow Smooth Jazz tune
featuring Paulo Pereira on tenor sax. The theme raised a loan of
Quincey Jones ' "The Secret Garden". This hooking stuff is
burned into many musicians and non-musicians mind. Very dense
starts with an gingerly adaption of an American traditional but soon
Joe develops his own view of melody on his piano.
is breezy and flimsy. Flute and light keyboard sounds based on drum
programmed pattern together with some hammond B3 improvisations are
giving this tune a laid-back energetic structure.
Joe's solo piano interpretation Moonlight
reveals his classical and dreamy side.
Joe showcases his bluesy
style and chops in piano play. Joe is a teacher
Jazzpiano at the Hochschule für Künste (university of arts) Bremen.
His mastership his incontestable.
influences are audible on Laranjada.
This is the swing of Copa Cabana.
From the coast of
Brazil to the Amazonas.
Wooden drums (xylophon)
are the main instrument of this original piece. The sound of the
jungle is here.
Ebermann 's start to Surfin'
reminds me of bassists like Victor Wooten or Marcus Miller. Very
Pereira's sax play and Joe's keyboards work. This would be a good tune
for smooth jazz radio-stations.
Some more sentimental piano play
is on Back Home. A tune for late night
With "Lowland" Joe
Dinkelbach takes his stand in the first row of Germany's Smooth Jazz