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Christian Doepke Trio feat. Rick Margitza

In the current hype involving young German jazz pianists an exclamation mark should
be added to Christian Doepke´s name.

Lyricism and groove should not be contradictory. The same applies to pace, depth
and gracefulness, let alone swing and intelligence. In addition, the compositions of
the Amsterdam-based pianist also tell wonderful stories, which really dots the i´s.

Doepke, a romantic at heart like Bill Evans – who gets a beautiful tribute with Bill´s Mood –
as well as a realist in the tradition of Horace Silver, has developed his own signature on
the 88 keys with a clear touch and a sovereign technique, that clearly distinguishes him
from the German jazz pianist masses.

You´ll see someone buckled down to a concert grand, who is equally familiar with sunlit
open spaces in a forest and the liveliness of a metropolis, witness „Heaven Knows“ and
Looking For Trouble“.

(Dr. Tobias Böcker, English translation by Emiel Wienholts)
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