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TUESDAY, DEC 06 2016, 07:30 PM

Jazz aficionados, get ready: The ACFNY is thrilled to present these three jazz legends from Europe and the U.S., here on the island of Manhattan.

Karlheinz Miklin, Ron McClure and Billy Hart have been working together regularly since 1987, although in the beginning they performed mostly as a quartet with Harry Pepl or Fritz Pauer. Since 2000 they have let go of the usual chord instrument in order to obtain a new, stringent sound. This is documented on the first CD From Here To There (TCB 22 172) followed by In Between (EX 772-2). The trio has frequently been on tour in several European countries as well as in the USA. 

Karlheinz Miklin has been practicing this style of playing for almost forty years with his trio already. Thus Universal – for the series Austrian Jazzart – released a reissue of Echoes of Illyria, an album already recorded in 1986 by this formation. Eight albums released before and after this one are also good examples of Miklin’s very personal style of trio playing. CD-, TV- and radio recordings with masters such as John Lewis, Albert Mangelsdorff, Mel Lewis, Horace Parlan, Mark Murphy, Sheila Jordan or Bobby McFerrin document his versatility in other fields, too. The saxophonist and pedagogue is the first and only jazz musician awarded with the prestigious „Karl Boehm Interpretation Prize“.

Ron McClure is without a doubt one of the most agelessly important bassists of the Jazz scene. The broad range of his activity as a sideman is exceptional. It stretches from working with the Big Bands of Buddy Rich and Maynard Ferguson via collaboration with Wynton Kelly, Charles Lloyd, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Stan Getz and Sarah Vaughn to Blood, Sweat and Tears and the Pointer Sisters. Ron was a member of The 4th way, one of the first jazz-fusion bands based in San Francisco. In the last years Ron has additionally gained a reputation as a composer, arranger and bandleader. Recordings with musicians like Randy Brecker, John Abercrombie or John Scofield brought out under his own name add to his substantial discography.   

On many of these recordings one will be able to find Billy Hart on the drums; he and Ron McClure are connected by decades of playing together. Their collaboration with the group Quest - a leading ensemble in the eighties with Dave Liebman and Richie Beirach – is a good example of their lasting teamwork. Billy Hart certainly belongs to the handful of most important and sought-after percussionists of the scene. The list of this Grandmaster´s recordings belongs to the most substantial and high-quality albums in Jazz and includes big names like Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, Wayne Shorter and Stan Getz, just to name a few. Like Ron he gains increasing reputation also as a bandleader, well documented on his Quartet CDs with sidemen such as Mark Turner and Ethan Iverson. Certainly enough reasons to be voted #1 Jazz Drummer in the 2015 Modern Drummer Readers Poll ...

"Nobody has to prove anything to the other, and thus the path to communication of perfect sincerity that leads directly into the middle of a magic triangle is laid open." —Jazz Podium (Germany)

Through Miklin's diverse compositions, Jazz's horizon is brought to shine by Free- jazzy, "Monky" and finally very inspiringly played standard repertoire.—Jazzzeit

In Between Karlheinz Miklin - Ron McClure - Billy Hart ( EX 672-2)
Looking Back Karlheinz Miklin (SOS J-006) 
From Here To There Karlheinz Miklin - Ron McClure - Billy Hart (TCB 22172)
Decisions Karlheinz Miklin Quartet (SOS J-008)

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