This CD was completely unplanned, which appropriately reflects the spontaneity and unpredictability of its
creation: At my invitation, Swiss drummer Samuel Dühsler brought pianist Myslaure Augustin and bassist
Bänz Oester to my recording studio in Augsburg for a session in March 2022.
Immediately on the same vibes, we worked out new interpretations of four of my compositions.
Then, in completely free playing, four more improvised takes were created, documenting this first joint
encounter in their surprising melodicism and their fascinating tonal shaping.
1 NEVER STOP PLAYING
After two years of massive cultural restrictions, the
title says it all: playful ease in the joint interplay
and musical dialogue on modified chord changes
of Dizzy Gillespie's Con Alma, which inspired
Lackerschmid to a melody in the style of the
This theme, originally from one of his choral works
(Laudate), is here transferred by Wolfgang
Lackerschmid to the vibraphone and adapted by
the band in a jazzy-bluesy manner.
3 TOYFUL, TOYFUL
In the percussion shelf of the recording studio,
Samuel discovered a sounding children's toy with
which he began to create a rhythm. When bass
and piano got into this groove, Lackerschmid
spontaneously started recording and improvised a
theme to it.
4 FIVE STONES
The root of this joint improvisation is a kind of
mantra in 5/4 Dme, which Wolfgang begins on five
bars of the stone instrument "Gramorimba". It
continues by making these bars sound with a cello
bow. Plenty of inspiration for the band to complete
it to an improvised tune.
5 REVIVAL 77
written by Lackerschmid in 2021 for the revival of
his trio from 1977, the groovy 6/8 vamp leads into
a witty melody, based on a half tone/whole tone
6 AT THE PARK
This new sophisticated ballad from 2021, originally
written for a band with saxophone as lead
instrument, has already been included in the
repertoire of various formations.
7 WIR MÜSSEN DRAUSSEN BLEIBEN (WE HAVE TO
Here the energy, pent up over months of cultural
shutdown, is unleashed in humorously defiant
8 LET'S TAKE A BOW
Bänz was fascinated by the sound of Wolfgangs
bowed bars and suggested to start by bowing bass
and vibraphone. This developed into an elevenminute
walk through different moods and grooves.