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Albums by Ben Kraef & Rainer Bøhm

Ben Kraef & Rainer Bøhm

Kraef and Böhm meet up with two extraordinary ‘real‘ New Yorkers from two generations. The bass player John Patitucci, born in 1959 in Brooklyn, has played as a sideman for the likes of Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and Michael Brecker and belongs to the icons of modern jazz. Working as a studio musician in Los Angeles, he has remained open towards high quality pop music and has therefore become one of the most sought-after accompanists for big names such as Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King, Natalie Cole, Bon Jovi, Queen Latifah, Sting and Carly Simon. Despite being only 23 years old, drummer Marcus Gilmore has also played with a large number of stars. He belongs to the new league of young American drummers, whose perfect timing, impeccable technique and steady groove even in the most polyrhythmic passages is combined with an almost melodic sound. At the moment, he is perhaps most famous for being the drummer of Gonzalo Rubalcaba and a member of the Vijay Iyer Trio.

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German Jazztalents


Giving German jazz talents a fair chance against the international competition and the recognition they deserved, ACT launched the ‘Young German Jazz’ series in 2005. Its success so far speaks for itself; Jan Zehrfeld’s ‘Panzerballett’ has gained many fans both in and out of the usual jazz circles with their cool combination of jazz and heavy metal. The spectacular trumpeter Matthias Schriefl, the unique singer Michael Schiefel (with JazzIndeed), the inventive pianist Carsten Daerr and the fresh, sophisticated and mature sibling duo Julian and Roman Wasserfuhr are examples of these wild young artists, who rank among the best of their kind in the country. The series was a hit right from the start, as Michael Wollny and the trio [em] made their international breakthrough. Looking around in Germany, one can rest assured that further success stories are sure to follow: Bright prospects - Young G

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