Eight Short Stories
As a duo it began - meanwhile Christian Kappe (tp) and Marc Brenken (p) have taken in two of North Rhine Westphalia's top jazz musicians for their quartet: Alex Morsey, with his amazing inventiveness, masterly technique and humorous scat solos is one of the most requested bass players in Germany, and Marcus Rieck a sensitive and hard-swinging drummer with a lot of experience. The four of them fathom particularly original compositions ranging from lyrical ballads over pointed short stories to intoxicating grooves, always putting themselves on the line and enjoying extensive improvisations. An exciting and varied concert experience. Christian Kappe (trumpet, flugelhorn) is a steady member of the band of German organist Barbara Dennerlein and Dutch pianist Jasper van't Hof's current project "Hot Lips'. After his studies in the Netherlands and at Berklee College in Boston he won amongst others the prize of the best soloist at the Getxo Jazz Festival (Spain) in 1999. He also toured with the Florian Zenker Christian Kappe quartet and the German Youth Jazz Orchestra in Europe, Africa, North and South America. Since his studies at the Folkwang Acadamy of Music in Essen Marc Brenken (piano, composition) is consistenty developing his own musical language. 1999 he was involved in the score of the successfull movie 'Sonnenallee'. Ever since he has been composing mainly for his own projects. Alex Morsey (double-bass, tube) also studied in Essen and is simply one of the most adept and inventive jazz musicians on the scene. He played with stars like Clark Terry, Ack van Rooyen or Herb Geller and toured throughout Europe, America, China and Thailand. For his groups 'Un Tango Mas' and 'disguise' he also works as a composer. His work is documented on more than 20 cds. Marcus Rieck (drums) studied at the Academy of Music in Cologne and already in his younger years has played with renowned artists of the German jazz scene (Johannes Enders, Martin Sasse, Matthias Schubert a. m. o.). Like only few drummers he contrives to bring out the best in a band and make it swing. He is also a steady member of the Steve Klink Trio, Lars Duppler's 'Palindrome Sextet' and the Benjamin Schaefer Trio.