Joe Dinkelbach - Red Pepper
Jazz from Germany? This is no paradox but reality. Artists like Christopher
Spendel, Mathias Claus, Frank
Mead, Michael Vandroff, Dancing
Fantasy, Blue Knights,
Wolfgang Haffner, Yulara,
Dirk K , Ca-RoH
Obsession and Joe
Dinkelbach are the best proof.
"Joe Dinkelbach, with his lyrical virtuous
playing and the expressiveness of his solos certainly is one of the
best German jazz pianists", comments the German newspaper "Weserkurier".
Joe Dinkelbach worked together with artists like John
Abercrombie, Dave Liebman,
Charly Mariano, Bill Ramsey, Inga
Harris, Uli Beckerhoff, Detlev Beier, Sylvia Droste. After
Joe's debut album from 2002, "Red Pepper" is his second
album which was released in 2004.
Joe's specialty is a Rhodes electric
piano. To say Joe is a second Bob James would be an understatement. If
you ever doubt Joe's mastership Breeze
the introducing piece of this great album will convince you. He even
plays very complex jazz phrases with ease. In this way the
sophisticated tune never loose its relaxing elegance.
drifted by the wind. The lead melody is played on a Phrophet
T8. An instrument Joe is adoring enthusiastically. One can hear
and understand it.
First time when I listen to Red
Pepper I thought of Supertramp's "Logical Song". This
tune has more impressions which are fading along your ears. Don't try
to catch them, just enjoy the mood.
Joe's knowledge of keyboards finds
its expression in Little Boy. A slow tune
featuring Stephan Abel on soprano sax. This sax player has experience
in Jazz Rock, Bebop, Hard Bop, Free Jazz and all kind of Jazz which
are the contrary to Smooth Jazz. But Stephan surprises with the
mellowness of his sax blow.
is a term one can often read as a Smooth Jazz title. Perhaps its the
lightness of holiday mood or the nearness of L.A. the metropolis of
Smooth Jazz to the ocean.
is a special day in the week. Most people are using it for recreation
and this tune may express this atmosphere. Joe Dinkelbach on piano and
Ulle Rode on electric guitar are creating brilliant solos. The guitar
player Ulle Rode is also performing in Frank Mead's band. The bass
player Peter Muller is a member of this group too.
When You're Near
is featuring the singer Britta Dinkelbach. A wonderful composition
with Joe's extensive solo on Rhodes piano.
is a curious title for a tune. Marc Ebermann on bass slaps the initial
funky points to Joe's new excursion on Rhodes piano.
Smooth Jazz is not
Joe's single passion. On Good
Old Ben Joe
showcases that he knows the Blues. Even a simple melody unfolded
itself to an impressing artistic perfection under his masterly
is the best opportunity to point out that the whole production was
made without any drum programming. And the best of it one doesn't miss
it. Ralf Jackowski is an
is the most southerly island of the Marquesas archipelago (French
Polynesia). The island is wild and spectacularly
beautiful as Joe's musical equivalent.
Always in search of
the perfect sound I can state Joe's new album "Red Pepper"
is very close to the ideal.