The Village Voice hailed Kenny Werner “… an ebullient stylist” arrives with Animal Crackers his new album on Pirouet Records

Kenny Werner has long been a major force on the New York scene. The Village Voice hailed him “… an ebullient stylist” whose solos “…become wooly rides into the darkness”, The New York Times described him as “a pianist who tempers fearsome technique with a questing spiritualism”, and Quincy Jones called him “360 degrees of soul and science in one human being”.

Werner and saxophonist Joe Lovano have been trading chairs as leader and sideman since the early 1980s, and in the 90s, Kenny began a long-term musical relationship with Toots Thielemans. He has garnered four National Endowment for the Arts grants, received a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship award, and has been commissioned to compose for orchestras throughout Europe and the USA. Ari Hoenig is a musician who conjures a fascinatingly melodic sound on the drums. Hoenig won the prestigious 2013 BMW World Jazz Award with his own band and has played with jazz giants Joe Lovano, Pat Metheny, and Wynton Marsalis.

In 1991 bassist Johannes Weidenmüller left Cologne, Germany to make the move to New York. Since then he has worked with a number of world-renowned players, including Randy Brecker, George Benson, and Joshua Redman. Werner reflects that Ari and Johannes have been in his trio since 1999: “They were just kids and they would come around my home in New Jersey to play whenever I wasn’t on tour. They could play my music with such ease that they were creating on the tune while I was still trying to read it! That’s what I like in a band – players that compose spontaneously rather than just solo all the time.” ~Editorial Review | Amazon

Expected Release DateJune 8, 2018


Since 2005 they have been an integral part of his musical concepts. Held saw Glow as “a way to put the trio into a different context

When he recorded Glow with his 10-piece ensemble in 2010, “German piano wonder Pablo Held was only 23 years old…, but he had already earned his place in the pantheon of modern-day piano trio leaders…

As good as Held’s earlier albums are, they don’t hold a candle to ‘Glow‘.” (Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz). Other critics declared that Held had created a “masterpiece” and praised Held for such “enthralling contemporary jazz”. On “Glow II” Held and company continue their incandescent musical explorations. Glow’s core has always been Pablo’s trio, bassist Robert Landfermann, and drummer Jonas Burgwinkel.

Since 2005 they have been an integral part of his musical concepts. Held saw Glow as “a way to put the trio into a different context, where we could be inspired and challenged by some of our favorite musicians.” Those “favorite musicians” include some of the major German players on the international scene. Keyboardist Hubert Nuss, bassist/cellist Henning Sieverts, and saxophonist Niels Klein participated in the first Glow. Nuss, Sieverts, Landfermann, as well as Glow II’s guitarist Ronny Graupe and alto saxophonist Christian Weidner, are also PIROUET recording artists. About the music, Pablo says, “I only write sketches for this band. What I bring to these musicians is more like a toolbox for them to fool around with. I trust the musical judgment of these guys so much, that I don’t want to tell them what to play. Compared to GLOW I, I’d like to think that the music became a little looser and free-flowing.” ~Editorial Review | Amazon

Pianist/composer Frank Kimbrough – Solstice feat. Jay Anderson and Jeff Hirshfield on Pirouet Records

frank-kimbrough-solstice Frank Kimbrough counts among a handful of New York-based pianists who have been refining and expanding the language of ensemble playing over the last few decades (this November he marks 35 years in New York and his sixtieth birthday). Declared a “a near-visionary whose piano-improvising, composing, and band-leading skills seek out the dark corners of untrod jazz terrain” by The New Yorker, Kimbrough is noted for his exquisite ensemble, trio and solo recordings as well as his duo work with Lee Konitz, Scott Robinson, Joe Locke and Paul Bley, his work as a sideman in Dewey Redman’s quartet, and his long-term involvement with the Jazz Composers Collective and the Maria Schneider Orchestra. On Solstice, acclaimed players and longtime musical companions, bassist Jay Anderson and drummer Jeff Hirshfield join Frank to explore the music of some of the jazz masters who have left a personal imprint on his life. The new album is now available in our Pirouet Label Shop and in stores worldwide on Friday. Pre-listen here.~Pirouet Records| 2016

Pirouet Records: 10th Anniversary of Pablo Held Trio: Coming with new album and tour


TEN YEARS TOGETHER – already an impressive feat for any relationship in this day and age; for a jazz group, virtually unheard of. Yet the Pablo Held Trio has survived and flourished: in January pianist/composer Held, bassist Robert Landfermann and drummer Jonas Burgwinkel completed Lineage, their eighth PIROUET album together, and are now in the midst of a yearlong tour spanning three continents.

The new Pablo Held Trio album “Lineage” is now available in our Pirouet Label Shop and in stores worldwide on Friday. Pre-listen here

Order the CD  directly here in our Pirouet Records Label Shop.
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Tour Dates:
09.09.2016: Esslingen (DE) · Esslingen Jazzfestival (feat. Chris Potter)
11.09.2016: Seoul (KOR) · Gwanglim Art Center Jangcheon Hall
24.09.2016: Wesseling (DE) · Rheinforum
08.10.2016: Linz (AT) · Brucknerhaus
15.10.2016: Agathenburg (DE) · Schloß Agathenburg
19.10.2016: Montreal (CAN) · Upstairs
25.10.2016: New York (USA) · German Consulate NEW YORK
01.12.2016: Hamburg (DE) · Laeiszhalle
02.12.2016: Braunschweig (DE) · Lindenhof
04.12.2016: Zoglau (DE) · Zoglau3
08.12.2016: Rüsselsheim (DE) · Theater Rüsselsheim
09.12.2016: Singen (DE) · Jazzclub Singen
10.12.2016: Hard (AT) · Kammgarn Kulturwerkstatt
23.02.2017: Amsterdam (NL) · Bimhuis
07.07.2017: Ismaning (DE) · Kallmann Museum
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Drummer/composer Jochen Rueckert – Charm Offensive feat. Mark Turner (ts), Mike Moreno (g), Orlando le Fleming (b) just released

Jochen Rueckert, CHARM OFFENSEDrummer Jochen Rueckert is one of a group of exceptional German jazz musicians who migrated to New York City in the 90’s and found a home in this jazz musicians’ mecca. His participation in such leading groups as the Marc Copland Trio, Nils Wogram’s Root 70, the Kurt Rosenwinkel New Quartet, Melissa Aldana Trio and the Mark Turner Band has catapulted Rueckert into the front row of the Big Apple’s premiere musicians. On Charm Offensive, Rueckert’s second Pirouet CD, some of the most inventive and successful players on the NY scene join up as Jochen, tenor saxophonist Mark Turner, guitarist Mike Moreno, and bassist Orlando le Fleming conduct a captivating musical foray into original musical terrain.

y setting with them, and because we have been developing a common language over the years.” Transfigured South Indian music, music with an autobiographical feel – the CD unfolds in a mixture of playfulness and profundity, dry humor coupled with a depth that emanates from musicians playing off the same intellectual and emotional guidelines; Charm Offensive: lyricism, disquieting juxtapositions, polar opposites, and masterful interplay – an alluring musical assault that stirs up the listeners’ sensibilities. ~Editorial Review | Amazon

Embedded with influences from European liturgical and Renaissance music bassist/composer Henning Sieverts’ eloquent voice emerges effortlessly on Double Quartet

Henning Sieverts, DOUBLE QUARTET

Henning Sieverts reflects over 600 years of the Bavarian Irsee Monastery history with original compositions that transmute past polyphonies into a rich amalgam of symmetries. The “twin” instruments of two saxes, piano and vibes, bass and tuba, drums and percussion are divided and regrouped into a double quartet: sax, piano, bass and drums, encounter sax, vibes/marimba, tuba and percussion, as pieces for duo, quartet, and octet explore the continuity of past and present.

Imbedded with influences from European liturgical and Renaissance music, twelve-tone rows, polyrhythmic complexities, and the swing and passion that permeates American jazz, Sieverts’ music exemplifies what makes European jazz so vital, placing it at the exploratory forefront of serious contemporary improvised music.


Renown German Pianist/Composer Pablo Held releases “Recondita Armonia” on Pirouet Records

The fêtPablo Held TRIO, RECONDITA ARMONIAed pianist Pablo Held rates as one of the most outstanding German jazz musicians to emerge onto the international scene.

With Recondita Armonia, Held along with his trio explore new territory signaled by the title of the disc, the memorable opening aria from Giacomo Puccinis opera Tosca.

Playing with depth, Held, along with bassist Robert Landfermann and drummer Jonas Burgwinkel trace the hidden harmonies between jazz and the classical compositions from Igor Stravinsky, Alexander Scriabin, Béla Bartók and more. –Editorial Review | Amazon