Stefan Bauer & Michael Heupel – tête-à-tête
Stefan Bauer - vib/marimba
Michael Heupel - fl
1. Summer's Embrace (4'17) / 2. Miniatur II (3'00) / 3. Kartik (8'31) / 4. Miniatur I (2'03) / 5. Meditation (5'50) / 6. Happy Jack (3'03) / 7. Adieu (5'10) / 8. Chorinho (2'42) / 9. Kanion (4'12) / 10. Miniatur III (2'12)
Stefan Bauer has been living in the USA for many years and is a proven expert on a wide variety of concepts in the field of jazz improvisation. Pretty much since the days of 9/11, he now lives in New York and - like most of the musicians there - often works on several projects at the same time. One of these projects, being pools of ideas, is Bauer's duo with Cologne flutist Michael Heupel.
The concert at the "Vibraphonissimo" festival (in January 2020), which was celebrated by the audience, was recorded by Bayerischer Rundfunk and part of it found its way onto "tête-à-tête", Bauer & Heupel's first CD production as a duo.
(release date: 13 Apr 2022)
- "Mit spitzen Lippen und kristalliner Rhythmik spannen sie ihren fragilen, träumerischen, beschwingten Chamber-Sound mit Ramamanis 'Kartik' und dem ohrwurmig schwirrenden 'Chorinho' von Hermeto Pascoal über den Horizon hinaus. Als gerade noch zwei meditierende Mönche mit Bambusflötenton und sanften Wellen und gleich darauf als tirilierende und Glas pickende Happy Jacks."
(Rigobert Dittmann, Bad Alchemy 114)
- "Part of it became tête-à-tête, their first duo album, and while they have worked together since the late ‘70s this album feels innovative and new. [...] This album is a tribute
to their musicianship, curiosity and openness. For the ten-track, 40-minute program, the musicians take on diverse functions, tasks in a traditional ensemble distributed among several players. [...] The interaction is intricate, vivid and delicate all at once. Listeners will relish this musical meeting."
(Anna Steegmann, The New York City Jazz Record, July 2022: 16)