"Gravity", the saxophone trio led by Martin Wind feat. Peter Weniger and Jonas Burgwinkel is a tribute to the music and the interpersonal connections the musicians share. The album title refers to gravity as a metaphorical concept that encompasses various aspects of music and the musicians' relationships with each other.
For Martin Wind, the trio's bassist and bandleader, the double bass forms the center of the ensemble and is comparable to the sun holding the planetary system together.
The chemistry between the members of the trio is palpable and has led to a special energy on their first album.
The program consists of pieces with different styles and moods, including toe-tapping swing, expressive blues and soulful ballads.
All in all, Martin Wind, Peter Weniger and Jonas Burgwinkel create a musical gravitational field with "Gravity" that is hard to escape. The musicians' joy of playing and virtuosity are impressive and make the album a real listening experience.
Martin Wind is one of Germany's leading jazz bassists and is internationally renowned for his virtuoso playing and creative composition work. Born in Flensburg, he studied at the renowned Musikhochschule in Cologne and was one of the first graduates of the Bundesjazzorchester under the direction of Peter Herbolzheimer as early as 1989. A DAAD scholarship enabled him to study for a master's degree in jazz composition and performance at New York University between 1996 and 1998.
Since then, Wind has collaborated with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Hank Jones, Frank Wess, Mark Murphy, Johnny Griffin, Cedar Walton, Michael Brecker, Don Friedman, John Scofield, Pat Metheny, Fred Hersch and Kenny Barron. Wind leads several of his own combos, with which he has released numerous albums under his own name. His duo with guitarist Ulf Meyer has now evolved into a quartet, delighting jazz fans worldwide. In addition to his activities as a musician, Wind is also active as a lecturer and has been teaching at the Jazz Department of New York University since 1997.
Martin Wind has been honored with numerous prizes and awards for his achievements, including third place in the renowned Thelonious Monk Competition in 1995 and the first jazz musician ever to receive the sponsorship award as part of the Schleswig-Holstein Art Prize in 2000.
Peter Weniger is one of the most sought-after instrumentalists on the European jazz scene. In the course of his career to date, the saxophonist, who now lives in Berlin, has performed with musicians such as John Abercrombie, Adam Nussbaum, Conrad Herwig, Jeff Hamilton and Dave Liebman, and has also appeared on CDs and in concerts with Jasper van't Hoff, Eddie Palmieri, Billy Cobham, Jean Louis Matinier and many others. In addition to his live - activities, Weniger teaches since 1999 as part of a professorship at the "University of the Arts"- Berlin and was the artistic director of the Jazz Institute until mid-2019.
Jonas Burgwinkel is an outstanding jazz drummer, internationally sought after for his unique playing style. Numerous awards such as the "ECHO JAZZ 2012", the SWR and the WDR Jazz Prize, the "BEST SOLOIST AWARD" at the North Sea Jazz Festival, among others, as well as over 50 CDs and countless radio and television recordings document the success of his musical work. Burgwinkel plays worldwide, among others with jazz greats such as John Scofield, Chris Potter, Uri Caine, Dave Liebman, Lee Konitz or John Taylor.
A particularly intensive musical collaboration exists with the internationally present Pablo Held Trio. In 2011 Jonas Burgwinkel followed an appointment as professor for jazz percussion at the Cologne University of Music and Dance.