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Jazz Pieces by Bernd Klein
Describing jazz as "the perfection of the imperfect" offers a unique perspective on this musical genre, a sentiment not articulated until now. This phrase encapsulates the essence of jazz, highlighting its focus on improvisation, spontaneity, and the embrace of elements that might be viewed as unconventional or "imperfect" in comparison to other musical genres. Jazz celebrates individual expression and creativity, providing musicians with the freedom to explore and refine their art within a dynamic and continually evolving musical framework. This stands in contrast to the expectations of "serious" or classical music, where every note is meticulously predetermined. In classical music, melodies, harmonies, tempo, and dynamics adhere to a strict mathematical correctness to achieve perceived perfection.
Yet, every jazz musician also tries to achieve perfection within the context of jazz's unique qualities. While jazz values improvisation and embraces the spontaneous, the pursuit of excellence in technique, expression, and collaboration remains a central goal for jazz musicians. This dual emphasis on spontaneity and mastery contributes to the dynamic and expressive nature of jazz.
In Bernd Klein's latest musical creation, "Beyond Closure," an impressive rhythm intertwines with a melodious bass line. The composition features brief, emphasized chords that establish a dynamic foundation, while the tenor saxophones add enchanting melodies, elevating the overall piece.
Colors of Copper:
A Jazz composition featuring Cajon, keyboard, alto, and tenor saxophones by Bernd Klein
"On December 30th, right before the year's end, I was delighted to receive a new tenor saxophone, which sparked the inspiration for this piece—a tribute to my latest musical acquisition. Alongside my beloved alto saxophone, I delved into creative experimentation with the cajon, employing brushes to impart a more captivating sound. The music took shape through my BOSS Looper RC-600, allowing me to play each instrument sequentially. Subsequently, I combined and refined the elements using the 'Audacity' program." (Bernd Klein)
Bernd Klein's '39.5 Degrees':
composition, featuring bass guitar, drum set, piano, tenor, and alto saxophone, navigates between C and C# in C major, creating dissonance. Despite discordant chords, the piano and bass guitar craft a melodic structure with hints of oriental influence. The jazz melody incorporates chromatic elements, and the term "degrees" in the title may reference direction or temperature, suggesting Celsius for hot weather or Fahrenheit for cold. Like a desert's extremes, the composition, in a syncopated four-four time signature, has a fluid bass line and energetic saxophones adding color to the strict structure.
Caravan to Love, Peace and Harmony is a music video crafted as a loop with drums, e-piano, and keyboard strings, aiming to create a sonic backdrop for my saxophone improvisations. Surprisingly, the music, originally intended as a looping background, stands independently without additional instruments. This piece not only holds its own but also serves as the basis for the composition "Love, Peace, and Harmony." Interestingly, apart from the harmonies, nothing from the original loop remains in the final composition.
Echoes of Unknown Questions: Played by Bernd Klein on a Yamaha grand piano.
"Design for Dreaming": Bernd Klein composed a Jazz piece tailored for Alto and Tenor Saxophone, Electric Bass, Piano, and Drumset. The music features a commanding bass line and melodic saxophone interplay, offering a modern sound that intriguingly contrasts with the 1956 film it accompanies. The video includes segments from a 1950s General Motors advertisement, focusing on the dreaming woman and vintage automobiles, excluding the kitchen scene. As for the film: This 1950s "Populuxe" General Motors advertisement, spotlighting the 1956 Motors Motorama event, revolves around a woman envisioning a flawless future with futuristic cars and a fully automated "Kitchen of the Future." Dancer Tad Tadlock portrays the central character. Evolving into an emblematic representation of 1950s consumerist culture, it gained attention in various media, including the BBC documentary series "Pandora's Box," "Mystery Science Theater 3000," and music videos for Peter Gabriel and Rush. Notably, excerpts were also featured in movies like "The Hills Have Eyes" and "The Game."
Winding Paths Composition for piano, saxophone, oboe, and drums.
The saxophone melodies evolve into a poignant and expressive duet, supported by a piano and complemented by the rhythmic pulse of the drums. The image captures the scene in Singen Hohentwiel by the river Aach.
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So, let me introduce my favorite musicians.
The 'torchum' never stops, Evil prince
aria, 5:31 till 5:51. Transcr. KS.,
taken from FRANK ZAPPA'S
Frank Zappa (1940-1993) is an exceptional musician, who can't be
categorized in an easy way. His works, which comprise pop, rock, jazz
and what is sometimes referred to as "serious music", are proving his
The Times wrote about Frank Zappa in their obituary on the 7th of
December 1993: "An obstreperous and delightfully barking mad spirit, Frank Zappa
was one of rock music's innovatory forces. But, though a talented musician,
his penchant for bizarre humour and his gift of waspish satire were a combined
insurance policy against his taking either himself or the rock ethos too
Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end.
Igor Stravinsky (1882 - 1971)
Igor Stravisnky is a composer who showed extreme vitality and
versatility in his works. Glass said that Stravinsky is the most
influential composer of the 20th century and a "theater composer par
Now I want to introduce my favorite jazz musician: Miles Davis
He was one of those musicians who stayed young with their musical
ideas and concepts. He never got stuck into a fixed style: His works
show a continuous development. His Human Nature is a marvelous
example of the innovative style of his last years. If you listen
carefully to this recording, you might even hear me clap my hands, as
I was attending this great open air concert of Miles Davis. It was
the hightlight of the Hohentwiel festival in Singen in 1990.
Musicians missing here: Philip Glass, Tori Amos, Nils Petter
Molvaer, Eric Satie and many others :-)
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Written by Bernd Klein; Last Modified: January 20, 2024