Recorded live at Loft, Cologne, 'Juan Playschool' is an introduction to Barnett's new lineup, based in Germany. Featuring three young stars of the German scene (Stefan Karl Schmid on tenor saxophone, David Helm on bass and Fabian Arends on drums), the album showcases Barnett's quirky compositional style and her always-energetic improvisations, as well as the band's clearly symbiotic relationship/s.
released July 7, 2016
Shannon Barnett - Trombone, Compositions
Stefan Karl Schmid - Tenor Saxophone
David Helm - Bass
Fabian Arends - Drums
Recorded live in October 2015 at Loft, Cologne
Mixed and mastered by Lukas Lohner
Original photos by Peter Tümmers
Artwork/Destruction of photos: Shannon Barnett
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Such beautiful, soulful jazz.
The music here is superbly composed, with compositions that ebb and flow as naturally as the flowing of water, which lends a reflective, elegiac feel to the entire album.
What is particularly impressive is the intuitive feel between all players, with the saxophonists, Julien Wilson and Carl Mackey being especially good throughout.
This is one of the best Australian jazz albums I've heard. Music as natural as breathing. Michael Mueller
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