Christian Prommer´s DrumLesson
Christian Prommer´s DrumLesson
He kept on discovering and experimenting with new sounds with the band TRÜBY TRIO (w/ RAINER TRÜBY and ROLAND APPEL), whose album Elevator Music has been a great success that crossed over the German Broken Beats and dance music scene and also with the band VOOM:VOOM that he formed with recording pal PETER KRUDER. His project CHRISTIAN PROMMER’s DrumLesson Vol.1 (SK162CD/" title="view release information">SK162CD/jazz club) that he releases on JAZZANOVA’s Sonar Kollektiv is the next step in his personal music learning process and also a successful attempt at doing something cutting-edge that will please both fans of electronic music and fans of jazz. This concept came out of his admiration for the classic track Strings Of Life from Detroit legend DERRICK MAY, that he rediscovered while listening to music with PETER KRUDER in 2004, and from the idea of composing a pure dancefloor oriented Jazz track that he could play aloud in the clubs. As CHRISTIAN explains it, Strings of Life was the perfect test drive composition, because it binds 2 worlds that he really loves: Jazz and Detroit techno.
He called up a few friends notably the fantastic ROBERTO DI GIOIA, who helped him to arrange the piece and recorded piano and bass on it, as well as his two personal drumheroes ERNST STRÖER and WOLFGANG HAFFNER, and they started working altogether. This first recording session was an outstanding success. DERRICK MAY himself called the composition a masterpiece. And from this successful experience to recording the full project there was just one next step that CHRISTIAN PROMMER took with ease, that is the preparation of the record. As CHRISTIAN says: „Luck is when preparation meets opportunity“.
It took him 2 months of hard-work to prepare the album. He arranged the tunes, composed the new parts and found the right tempos and grooves with his partner ROBERTO DI GIOIA. From Mr. FINGER’s Can you feel it to ÂME’s Rej over to Beau Mot Plage from ISOLEE without forgetting JOSH WINK’s Higher State Of Consciousness and DERRICK MAY’s Strings Of Life, all the tracks chosen are CHRISTIAN’s personal favourites.
He used to play them in his DJ sets, excepted KRAFTWERK’s Trans Europa Express, which was PETER KRUDER’s wonderful idea. For CHRISTIAN it is a sure thing that all those artists have a jazzy approach in their way of composing music. The grooves of those tracks and their build-ups have an intense and magic vibe that is sometimes hard to be found in contemporary jazz music. Finding this vibe in the studio again, grasping it and recording it was what his task was all about.
With such a good preparation magic had to appear when they would record the tracks in studio. He gathered WOLFGANG HAFFNER, ERNST STRÖER, ROBERTO DI GIOIA and engineer FLORIAN OESTEREICHER in Munich. PETER KRUDER had to be part of the adventure too, as he would mix the record in his studio in Vienna later on. And magic happened...
14 tracks – covers and tracks called Drumlesson I-V made of improvisations and little grooves that bridge the other tracks altogether and a few personal compositions – were recorded in ten hours. Everybody played exactly the way it needed to be done and added some extra depth and colour to it. After this great recording session CHRISTIAN and PETER drove to Vienna and PETER KRUDER used all his talent to mix the tunes and to make a great record out of it. He used his vintage analogue gear to get the energy and the warmth that CHRISTIAN was looking for, notably very old German valve equalisers that used to be used in cinemas in the 50s and 60s as well as compressors from the legendary Abbey Road Studio in UK.
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