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Ochsenbauer meets Sokal
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During the last years of his life, Ray Brown issued a series of recordings titled “Some Of My Best Friends Are...“. “...Bass Players“ is what Johannes Ochsenbauer would simply add. His new project bespeaks the self-confidence of this young master of the low notes: exclusively playing compositions by bass players, covering a broad spectrum of styles. Together with the sensitive drummer Michael Keul, the excellent pianist Tizian Jost and the star-saxophonist Harry Sokal (Depart, Vienna Art Orchestra) Johannes Ochsenbauer indulges his passion for the fine art of swing, inspired by Bill Evans’ ideal of interplay with equal partners, joining all individuals to form a whole. The fact that this does not result in just the sum of its parts is due in large part to the self-confident creativity and the subtle energy of this bass player.
Dr. Tobias Böcker

Harry Sokal
Born in 1954 Harry Sokal is surely numbered among the most important "post Coltrane" saxophonists in Europe. In addition to his collaboration with a great number of major European and American jazz musicians such as being member of the Vienna Art Orchestra since 1977, member of the Art Farmer Quintet from 1978 till 1999, further with Art Blakey, Dave Holland, Terje Rypdal, Daniel Humair, Michel Portal, Mike Richmond, Minu Cinelu, Friedrich Gulda, Idris Muhammad, Joe Zawinul, Harry Pepl, Jene Jackson, Andy Mc Kee among others, he initiates and conducts numerous projects with national and international musicians and of course his own projects (as a leader): Rave the Jazz, Full Circle, Roots Ahead, Voices of Time and his latest project „Depart“. 2005 Harry Sokal received the “Hans Koller Award” in the category „Musician of the Year“.

Johannes Ochsenbauer
(born 1982) studied upright jazz bass with Paulo Cardoso and classical double bass with Professor Cajus Oana at the University of Music and Performing Arts and the Richard Strauss Conservatory in Munich. Upon graduation in the summer of 2009, he received his artistic diploma. Johannes has taken private lessons/ masterclasses with Ron Carter and Charlie Haden, among others. Working with various ensembles, he has given concerts in Germany and abroad (for example with Leszek Zadlo, Claus Reichstaller) and is regularly booked for CD, radio and television productions.

Chuck Israels: “I’m so impressed by your beautiful sound and your perfect pitch and technic! That’s great bassplaying!”
Ron McClure: “You are my kind of bass player!!! …You have a strong time and you play with a strong sense of melody! ...”

Tizian Jost
The piano-player TIZIAN JOST developed during his 20 years lasting career to one of the most demanding musician of his genre in Germany. He became generally known as the youngest member of the “Harald Rüschenbaum Big Band”, in which he played 1986 till 1990. 1990 he founded with the Brasilian singer Lygia Campos the project “Domundo”, where he fell in love with Brazilian music. In 1995 he became teacher at the “Richard Strauss Conservatory” in Munich (which is now the “University of Music and Performing Arts”. Countless bands and artists, like e. g. the “Wine & Roses Swing Orchestra”, Mark Murphy, Till Brönner demand Tizian Josts’ beautiful Sound and his harmonic imagination.

Michael Keul
studied at the “Swiss Jazz School” in Bern (Switzerland) with Billie Brooks (USA) and spent several study visits in New York. Since 1988 he is important component of the Munich Jazzscene. 1991 he became member of the Al Porcino Big Band.
Next to his activities as a instructor at several Jazz-Workshops Michael Keul played since 1985 at concerts, festivals, theatre-, LP- and CD-productions, as well as radio and televisions shows in- and outside Germany among others with Chet Baker, Clark Terry, Woody Shaw, James Moody, Red Holloway, Sal Nistico, Al Porcino Big Band, Conte Candoli, Houston Person, Charlie Mariano, Dusko Goykovic, Joe Haider, Joe Kienemann, to name only a few.

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