July 8, 2019

Spykillers! Review & Facebook Page

Photo: Opus / Wolf Peter Steinheisser

Some more news on the Spykillers! front – a great review of our recent show in Stuttgart from the Stuttgarter-Zeitung website (English translation below) & a new Facebook Page for the Bill Evans & The Spykillers!

Enthusiasm in the Bix

The Spykillers!, a band around the US saxophonist Bill Evans and the German drummer Wolfgang Haffner, have brought the Festival Jazz Open a first climax. Actually it should be no surprise that the most spectacular concerts of the festival Jazz Open take place at the smallest venue: in the Jazzclub Bix. And yet, it’s amazing how fresh and lively Bill Evans and the Spykillers are blasting fusion jazz out there on Friday in front of a packed house – this evening is already one of the highlights of the Stuttgart concert year. But the cast speaks for it: The US saxophonist Bill Evans (61, Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock,Soulgrass , 25 solo CDs ), not related to the eponymous pianist, is an elegant, sometimes impulsive lyric poet and tells in motives, themes and completely free Soloexkursen of the dramas of life; the German world-class drummer Wolfgang Haffner (53, Peter Herbolzheimer, Chaka Khan, Passport) constantly string together small pieces of art without ever losing sight of the rich groove; and vibrant e-bassist Gary Grainger (64, John Scofield, Dennis Chambers) pumps and slaps and backs up second voices under Evans’s floating narrative. Immense joy of playing But the fourth man turns out to be a surprise bag: Simon Oslender (21), a 21-year old from Aachen, on the Hammond organ. When the usual sauna temperatures in Bix – question to the city: When finally comes the air conditioning? – He never just plays notes, melodies or chords, but lets the clouds of sound blossom and pass great themes while tasting the characteristic gargling and wheezing of his B3. The German-American quartet unfolds immense joy of playing, especially when it becomes particularly complicated in tricky odd rhythms and the musicians make it sound particularly easy. Clever dramatic twists and turns make for a thoroughly tense evening, such as when Evans singing at the grand piano in a husky voice asks: “Where is my soul?” The Americana number is called “Bones from the Ground” and should be included on a soon to be released album. Until then, there is the CD “Live Down Under”, but only exclusively with the artists themselves, who have much to sign after the concert – enthusiastic Stuttgart make a long line in front of the stall.

See ya on the road!

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