"Rhythm ist the king"

Karlheinz Miklin, saxes, fl, bcl
Ewald Oberleitner, Milan Nikolic bass
Howard Curtis, Karlheinz Miklin jr. drums

In his concert series 'Karlheinz Miklin Specials', the saxophonist tried out an instrumentation out of the ordinary in the Graz jazz Club 'Stockwerk'. He is also the first jazz musician to be awarded the 'Karl-Boehm-Interpretations Prize' from the County Styria. This band layout worked particularly well; with two bassists and two drummers, and has led to the formation of a new group.

Ewald Oberleitner and Milan Nikolic on the basses and drummers Howard Curtis and Karlheinz Miklin jr. Miklin had played individually with each of the musicians before. Complex rhythms and new sound nuances and surprising changes gave Miklins compositions fresh new colours.   The music was formally bound together yet with free and open parts, offering each musician space and possibilities for both soloistic exploration and united grooves.

Because two generations stood on the stage, stylistic diversity was a given. Yet the extensive experiences of the
the leader -and of all the musicians- guaranteed that compact and tight uniformity was created from varying musical components.


Miklin DoubleTrio in Stockwerk, Graz.

It was with the new and enthralling instrumentation of the double trio that saxophonist Karlheinz Miklin presented two powerful sets in the Graz jazz club Stockwerk. Karlheinz Miklin junior and Howard Curtis served the drums, Ewald Oberleitner and Milan Nikolic represented two generations on the double bass.

To complete the double trio instrumentation, Miklin brought a 'harmonizer' with him; an effect machine which transposes the signals of the saxophone to certain intervals, to create the effect of a horn ensemble. It was an unashamedly attractive sound when the saxophone fell into energy filled grooves and room-filling sounds. 'Junior' delivered some true solo battles with professor Curtis and in most pieces a solo from each bassist was heard, and when there was the need for it, supporting measured fivefour bars with classic blues triplets.

The moments of peace effectively interspersed: 'Patagonia' on the flute, framed by a simple minor chord, and one more tune with three voices from Miklin's solo album which the others picked up on and embarked on a super slow waltz. The graphic heterogeneity of the arrangement met the informed material of the soloist on eye level, and both things together made a fantastic concert.
Matthias Wagner

Festival "Murszene" Graz

Festival "Jazz under the castle" Trencin (Slovakia)





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