At just 18 years of age, saxophonist Jakob Manz shows the impressive spectrum of possibilities of his instrument - in the spirit of jazz rock and with a tightly grooving young band.
The audience at the Biberach Jazz Prize a couple of years ago witnessed a miracle. Here was an alto saxophonist who instantly evoked memories of some of the very greats of the instrument: a player with the melodic invention of a Johnny Hodges, the big sound of an Eric Dolphy, the urgency of a Cannonball Adderley, the funkiness of a David Sanborn, plus his own definite touch of individuality. But here’s the surprise: this was no hardened journeyman, Jakob Manz was a mere sixteen years old. And, as was to be expected, this young musician from Dettingen near Stuttgart with his quartet The Jakob Manz Project not only won the audience award, he was also named the overall winner of the competition by a jury chaired by eminent bassist Dieter Ilg. Six months later, Jakob Manz achieved distinction again with a win at the Leverkusener Jazztage’s...line up
Jakob Manz / alto saxophone & recorder (on 6)
Hannes Stollsteimer / piano
Frieder Klein / bass
Paul Albrecht / drums
Recorded at Hansahaus Studios Bonn, August 12 - 15, 2019 Recording-, mixing- & mastering engineer: Nico Raschke.
Produced by the artists
Cover art by Mimmo Paladino, by kind permission of the artist