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'...a waltz through the history of jazz, an anthology which takes a wry look at the theme of dance in jazz, occasionally heading off at a tangent, and making some very surprising connections. It begins at the very beginning with Johann Sebastian Bach. A Gavotte from the English suite No. 6, a baroque dance, is transformed into a melodic platform for an effervescent drum feature. A journey through James P. Johnson’s ‘Charleston’ ('straightened out' into a modern jazz waltz), Scott Joplin’s ‘Ragtime Dance’, Cole Porter’s ‘Dream Dancing’, or Sidney Bechet’s ‘Premier Bal’ to Pixinguinha’s Brasilian Choro ‘Diplomata’, Bernd Lhotzky’s Cuban Bolero ‘Salir a la Luz’ or the exotic Ellington-like timbre of ‘Ballet Of The Dunes’ from Chris Hopkins. This is dance in jazz, but not as we know it. For a start, a third of the tracks are original compositions, and all of the remaining tunes have been not so much arranged, but more like given a complete and thorough overhaul. The older selections now possess a new ‘hipness’ and have been brought stylistically right up to the present day. This album presents the winning combination of flawless musicianship, a comprehensive knowledge of music history, good taste and judgement, and a sly sense of humour. Each of the tracks of “Dancing” communicates simultaneously and directly with the brain, the emotions and down to your feet. There is quite simply a very wide range of delights for the listener to enjoy.' (excerpt from the liner notes)
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ECHOES OF SWING live in German Television
ECHOES OF SWING present their new album BLUE PEPPER at the BR-'Abendschau' on Public German Television (Bayerisches Fernsehen).
ECHOES OF SWING at the 'BMW WORLD JAZZ AWARD 2014'
ECHOES OF SWING have been invited to perform at the 'BMW World Jazz Award 2014'. The competition which is supported overall with 15,000 Euros, is this year under the motto 'Sense Of Humour'. From a multitude of entries, ECHOES OF SWING was one of six ensembles from six different countries chosen to perform before a live audience and jury. The jury is presided over by Oliver Hochkeppel from the South German Times (Sueddeutsche Zeitung), and consists of Andreas Kolb (Chief Editor of the Jazz Zeitung/Neue Musikzeitung), Roland Spiegel (Bavarian Radio), Heike Lies (Department of Culture for the City of Munich) and Christiane Boehnke-Geisse (Unterfahrt Jazzclub). All the concerts at the 'BMW World Jazz Award' will be presented by Beate Sampson (Bavarian Radio). The concert with Colin T. Dawson, Chris Hopkins, Bernd Lhotzky, and Oliver Mewes will take place in Munich at the BMW World's glass pavilion on the 16th of February. www.bmw-welt.com/de/events/jazz_awards_2014.html
The new album "BLUE PEPPER" (ACT Music) of the quartet ECHOES OF SWING with Colin T. Dawson, Chris Hopkins, Bernd Lhotzky und Oliver Mewes was recently nominated for the German Record Critics' Award (Quarterly Critics' Choice I/2014)
The German Record Critics' Award ("Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik") was established in 1980 to set the "most rigorous standards for supreme achievement and quality" in the field of music recording. The German Record Critics' Award Association consists of up to 145 music critics, writers, musicologists and editors in Germany, Austria and Switzerland actively involved in the assessment of CDs and DVDs. Its mission is to provide producers, composers, artists and music lovers with an honest guide to new releases of true artistic significance. www.schallplattenkritik.de
* With a unique and many-sided approach to Jazz, the quartet builds bridges between yesteryear and tomorrow: In a hue of Blue. *
wonderful collection, each track is a gem! 'Echoes of Swing'
collectively presents an approach like no other quartet, while
individually each player is a master." DICK HYMAN
ECHOES OF SWING sign contract with ACT
New album out soon (autumn 2013)
OF SWING have just signed a contract with 'ACT Music + Vision'. Founded
in 1992 by Siggi Loch, the recording company has worldwide
distribution and an extensive catalogue of 350 productions. ACT is now
renowned as one of the leading independent Jazz labels. From 2010 until
2012 ACT was acknowledged as ‘Jazz label of the year’
and honoured with the ‘ECHO’ jazz award. The first ECHOES OF
on the ACT label will be released in autumn 2013. ECHOES OF SWING look
forward a to productive collaboration with ACT.
New award for Chris Hopkins:
‘Keeper Of The Flame 2013‘
Chris Hopkins is ‘Keeper Of The Flame’ prize winner
2013. The accolade, that was first presented in 2010, is awarded to
exceptional musical personalities who have rendered outstanding
services to classic jazz in Europe.
In his presentation speech, Mr. Klaus D. Pott, of the
Osnabr?ck Jazz Club, was greatly appreciative of Chris Hopkins’
determined path of both preserving and regenerating this jazz
tradition: ‘Chris Hopkins has, over many years, constantly provided
swinging jazz with new artistic impulses and will surely continue to do
so, so that this music can inspire future audiences. The swinging jazz
combo of today (and I am totally convinced in this matter), in its
present multifaceted and top quality form, would not have reached such
levels if not for Chris Hopkins, and by that I mean not only in German
speaking countries, but indeed Europe and worldwide.'
The award ceremony and presentation recently took place
as part of an ‘Echoes of Swing’ concert at the sold out ‘Blue Note’
Cinema Arthouse in Osnabr?ck, Germany.
New CD on 'Echoes of Swing Prod.'
Bernd Lhotzky & Chris Hopkins: 'PARTNERS IN CRIME' (piano duets)
'Without any sense of consideration to Beethoven, Elise is forcibly
Dave Brubeck! Meanwhile, far away in the dead end of a snowy Moscow
back alley, a KGB agent croons to his victim a last blood-curdling
lullaby. From the cellar of a dimly lit establishment drift the strains
of a sultry ballad, during which the Lion creeps silently and
undetected, making his escape. Two flick-knife wielding Latin types
bitterly contest a deadly duel and in Bochum there is the strange
disappearance of a sausage from the heavily guarded refrigerator…'
Following up the success of the CD ‘Tandem‘, Bernd Lhotzky and Chris
continue their long-standing collaboration on two pianos with the new
album ‘Partners in Crime‘. The uncompromisingly puristic recordings on
two exceptional Steinway concert grand pianos will surely satisfy the
demands of the keenest audiophile. www.echoesofswing.com/shop
ECHOES OF SWING - “Message From Mars”:
4 stars in DO and other US magazines
ECHOES OF SWING album 'Message from Mars' received a 4 star review
in the current September issue of the legendary magazine DOWNBEAT. See
excerpts of this and other
recent US reviews under >>PRESS
The accolades for 'Message from Mars'continue…
Swinging Hamburg-Jazz Award' in the Hamburg Planetarium.
After the 'Prix de l'Acad?mie du Jazz' in Paris, and the
'German Record Critics Award', the album 'Message from Mars' will also
be presented with the 'Swinging Hamburg-Jazz Award'. The Award ceremony
will take place – appropriate to the CD title – as part of an Echoes of
in the Hamburg planetarium. The presentation of the coveted Trophy,
from Swinging Hamburg e.V . will be carried out by the
Trombone legend G?nter Fuhlisch (born 1921) who has over the years
received many awards such as the Senator-Biermann-Ratjen-Medal, and is
for his long association (since 1953), with North German Radio and the
NDR big band, as arranger, composer, radio presenter and record
Comments from the Jury:
‘The CD production ‘Message from Mars’ from the band ‘Echoes of Swing’
impresses in the broad spectrum of the world- wide swing renaissance,
in a very special manner. It is musically absolutely perfect, totally
invigorating with new arrangements, outstanding melodious swinging
solos, performed in a style that has seems to have almost fallen into
obscurity -namely the small swing formations of the late 1930’s. By
instantly recognizable influences, the musicians of Echoes of Swing
show here that with this CD, that they not only (in the true sense of
the word) live up to their band name, but prove far and beyond how one
can, without copying the historic specifications, interpret new titles
and melodies with utter conviction.
ECHOES OF SWING in YouTube
Some selected titles from the new album you may now view on YouTube.
The video clips were
recently recorded in Schloss Elmau, Bavaria.
Echoes of Swing play “Butterfly Chase”
by Fr?d?ric Chopin/Bernd Lhotzky
GERMAN RECORD CRITICS AWARD
for the new ECHOES OF SWING Album
After being presented ‘prix de l’acad?mie du jazz’ at beginning
paris, album has also awarded ‘preis der deutschen schallplattenkritik’
(best releases, first quarter 2011). echoes swing, chris
hopkins, bernd lhotzky, colin dawson & oliver mewes have now been
performing together constantly fourteen years. new repertoire covers
styles influences varied dimitri schostakowitsch, duke ellington,
arthur schutt, jazz standards original compositions. ensemble would
like to thank jury and audiences, well as partners in media, concert
organisers for the many years of support.
Echoes of Swing ‘MESSAGE FROM MARS’
awarded the ‘Prix de l’Acad?mie du Jazz’ in Paris
the ‘Grand Prix du Disque du Jazz’ for their CD ‘4 Jokers in
the Pack’, Echoes of Swing have released their latest album ‘Message
This new presentation has been awarded the most prestigious Jazz prize
in France, the ‘Prix de l’Acad?mie du Jazz’ in the categorie ‘Jazz
Classique’. On the 12th of January, Colin Dawson, Chris
Hopkins, Bernd Lhotzky and Oliver Mewes travelled to France for the
award ceremony. The presentation took place in the famous Th?atre du
Ch?telet, in the centre of Paris.
Winners of other catagories included
Sylvain Luc and Ahmed Jamal. Live performances were by Michel Legrand,
Jean-Luc Porty, Manu Dibango & Echoes of Swing.
The award, which covers wide
ranging styles of Jazz, began in 1955 and is
presented annually by a 50 piece Jury consisting of Musicans,
Lecturers, Authors and Journalists.
Winners of previous years include: Enrico Pieranunzi, Harry Allen,
Winstone, David Sanborn, Stan Getz, Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, Guy
Lafitte, Joachim K?hn, Hank Jones and many others.
The new album ‘MESSAGE FROM MARS’ is here!
The new, in the meantime fifth
Echoes of Swing album, has now been
released. First reactions from the >>PRESS:
'How refreshing and
new, not at all as rusty as some
traditional jazz can sound today. These four masters of swing play with
such ease that one can only admire...'
'A mixture of virtuosity and humour…thrilling!'
'On the same niveau as the old masters...'
'The human race has not yet settled on Mars, and still the red planet
us a swinging message back to us on earth. Transmitting the signal are
trumpeter Colin T. Dawson, the altosaxophonist Chris Hopkins, piano
player Bernd Lhotzky and drummer Oliver Mewes, every one an experienced
top musician. They combine Armstrong’s searing power with Ellington’s
blaze of colours.'
'Swing is not dead, infact it never left us. This is a real treat for
music listeners. In the music of Avant-Garde jazzers such as Lester
Bowie or Dave Douglas, one is facinated not only by their moderness,
but also by their parallel respect & affection for the history of
jazz. With the German-English-American quartet ‘Echoes of Swing’ there
appears here to be a musical situation going in the opposite direction.
As the band name gives away, Swing is the basis of their music. From
there, the four of them travel along a winding path of musical
mysteries, some of which Swing helped to form. And where the acoustic
footprints have left their mark in such a productive way as here, it
would be absurd to talk about music that belongs in a museum or locked
up in some collection. ...hard to believe but this music, with
ingenious arrangements, performed ‘en passant’, elegant, inspired, has
all the qualities to keep the jazz fans of not only yesterday content,
but also of the jazz fans of tomorrow.
'You don’t have to be a dedicated jazz fan to allow yourself to be
away by the pure lust of music making - that this quartet does here,
with every tune they present. Just listening to the CD (and when
you’re actually hearing the band live)... Now we know – jazz can be fun
'...Hopkins, Dawson, Lhotzky and Mewes take ‘Swing’ as an art form very
but also interpret it with great relish. This makes it simply a
pleasure from start to finish. The next Jazz Prize is surely on it’s
'Jazzy Chopin is Hot'
TROUW Dutch daily newspaper
'...here ‘Swing’ of the highest niveau is literally, in the meaning of
‘celebrated’. Music that swings from the first to the last note. Simply
unparalleled! The exceptional line-up of the band perhaps leads you to
anticipate exceptional music. Everything is immensely harmonious, rich
in variety and enthralling in every scene...As far as I am aware there
is no other band that possess this kind of laid back feel that - as it
stands in their name - they show here in abundance. Respect! It’s a
'...that this quartet has been for years a ‘one of a kind’ on the
scene, with CD productions and a well booked calendar, they have
justifiably received great recognition. With this prize-worthy CD we
can imagine from the critics an imaginary 5 stars, with an extra one on
top, confirms it once again.'
'...the recordings are through a highest possible degree of mutual
to one another’, interaction, and spontaneity...on elegant virtuosity.
The four belong to the most prolific musicians of this genres and their
marvelous relaxed arrangements take you by surprise with stylistic
diversity, but also burn with such an energy that we expect of ‘Swing’.
This is a musical packet that swoops from Bach to Bebop. When this
group play swing then it is never going to be a trip down memory lane.
What comes out the speakers is young and packed full of suspense.'
Schloss Elmau Swing Festival
- THE MUSICIANS PARTY -
27.Mai - 4.Juni 2010
Once again the Schloss Elmau Swing Festival will take
place at the foot
the Wetterstein mountain range, organised by artistic director Bernd
Lhotzky. Appearing at the festival will be prominent jazz stars from
all over the globe, including American saxophone legend Scott Hamilton.
Schloss Elmau shines like new after the reconstruction
and has indeed taken on an even nobler appearance. Two concert halls
equipped with several Steinway concert grand pianos, the unique
location far away from the hustle and bustle, not to mention the
unmatched hospitality of host Dietmar M?ller-Elmau, makes the ‘Schloss’
for musicians from varied styles, one of the most attractive venues to
play anywhere. After the renovation the rooms are now larger and
substancially more luxurious. We recommend booking early. There are
other accomodation alternatives such as Alpengut Elmau or other hotels
in Klais or the surrounding area. www.schloss-elmau.de
ECHOES OF SWING invited to perform in Florida
Apart from the many
performances in Germany or other European countries
is a special highlight in January 2010, an invitation over the Atlantic
to Florida, where Echoes of Swing will be the only European ensemble
taking part at one of the most exclusive events in the country where
jazz was born. The festival organiser Arbors Records have
spared no cost or effort for the SecondAnnual Arbors Records Invitational Jazz Party in the Sheraton
Sand Key Resort in Clearwater Beach. Taking part will be as well as
piano legend Dick Hyman many other stars such as' Dan Barrett, Rebecca
Kilgore, Eddie Erickson, Harry Allen, Warren Vach?, Duke Heitger, Bucky
Pizzarelli, Nicki Parrott, Ed Metz Jr., Bob
Wilber to name a few'. www.arborsrecords.com
ECHOES OF SWING in Scotland
From the 2nd-6th
August, Colin Dawson, Chris Hopkins, Bernd Lhotzky and Oliver Mewes
will be performing at two prestigious festivals in
Scotland. The Edinburgh Jazz Festival and the Nairn Jazz Festival. In
both historic cities will also take place concerts with the
'International Stride Piano Summit' featuring the nowadays seldom seen
in Europe piano virtuose Dick Hyman (82) from the U.S.A.
Presentation of Recording Prize
by the President of the 'Hot-Club de France'
In connection with the award ’GRAND PRIX du DISQUE de JAZZ“ (Prix
du Hot Club de France), for the new Echoes of Swing CD, ’4 Jokers in
the Pack’, Colin Dawson, Chris Hopkins, Bernd Lhotzky and Oliver Mewes
will perform a concert tour in France. The official presentation will
be on the 8th of May after the concert in Le Havre from Mr. Jean
Bernard Leroy, president of the ‘Hot Club de France’.
Grand Prix de Disque for Echoes of Swing
For their latest CD production “4 JOKERS IN THE PACK“ , Echoes of
Swing have been awarded in the catagorie ‘Best International Jazz
Grand Prix du Disque de Jazz
(Prix Sp?cial du Hot Club de France)
the highest annual accolade awarded by the prestigious “HOT CLUB DE
FRANCE“ (established 1932). This
Autumn Colin Dawson, Chris Hopkins, Bernd Lhotzky und Oliver Mewes will
travel to France for the award presentation.
4 JOKERS IN JAPAN
'Echoes of Swing' to perform in the land of the rising sun.
The ensemble ’Echoes of Swing’ have been invited to
perform at the renowned
Kobe Jazz Festival, as well as the Tokyo Jazz Party in October 2007.
The four musicians will present selections from their new CD ‘4 Jokers
in the Pack’. The group will not only meet up with well known Japanese
musicians such as Eiji Kitamura, Masato Kobayashi and Eiji Hanaoka (who
were invited by Echoes of Swing to perform in Germany in 2006), but
will also perform for the first time before Japanese audiences who are
known Jazz enthusiasts.
10 Years ECHOES OF SWING
For the last 10 years Echoes of Swing have been performing
onstage in an unchanged line-up and celebrate 2007 with a jubilee tour
the length and breadth of Germany. Coinciding with the
birthday is the release of the new album ‘4 Jokers in the Pack’, which
has already received great reviews from many
jazz critics. The French magazine ‘Jazz Classique’ has just acclaimed
the album as one of the top ten releases this year. The final concert
of the tour will take place on the 16th of December in the
‘JAHRHUNDERTHALLE’ in Bochum, which is already sold out.