The Bavarian guitarist, who graduated from Luzern University (Switzerland) Summa Sum Laude, presents a truly brilliant jazz album. Nevertheless, we hope it is only an interim report from Max Frankl's continuing search for home.
The 30-year old jazz guitarist from Weilheim has, with "Home", released one of the best jazz albums of the year. I have seldom heard a jazz record that sounds so uninhibitedly European and at the same time binds the jazz tradition of this continent so effortlessly with the present, as with this new album from Max Frankl. From this team, a swinging, driving jazz album has emerged that seems to burst with energy and depth. And just the same it remains unobtrusively cool. From this guitarist, we will, want to and must hear more!
The 2012 Echo Jazz winner and guitarist positions his music "in the moderate center of the improvisational modern." Frankl composed pieces for a combination of trombone (Nils Wogram), tenor saxophone (Domenic Landolf), and piano (Pablo Held) that go straight to the ear. His superbly well-harmonized sextet enriches the German jazz scene.