It was postponed several times for almost a year, and now the last item on the program of the anniversary celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the Munich jazz label Enja in the Ampere is taking place. In fact, in the “Enja Legacy Revue” it’s the young wild ones who are allowed to be the bouncers, so to speak. So the next generation in the ancestral gallery of the label heroes, ranging from Chet Baker, Abdullah Ibrahim or Philipp Catherine to Mal Waldron, Jenny Evans or Rabih Abih Khalil, the latter by the way local discoveries.
And they are all German bands that have taken over the baton here, two of them even from the Munich label location. There is LBT , the Leo Betzl Trio, the Janus-headed ensemble that cultivates pianist Leo Betzl’s classically underpinned modern jazz on the one hand, and the techno-jazz initiated by bassist Maximilian Hirning on the other, with which they caused a sensation and, among other things, young Europeans from Burghausen -Jazz Prize and the BMW World Jazz Award. Drummer Sebastian Wolfgruber drives both equally confidently. Their current Enja double album is appropriately called “Stereo” and contains both band currents.
The sound of Ark Noir is more uniform, albeit made up of just as many multi-stylistic elements. The quintet with Moritz Stahl on the saxophone, Sam Hylton on the keys, Tilman Brandl on the guitar, Robin Jerner on the electric bass and Marco Dufner on the drums has with its sometimes dark mix of acoustic jazz, electronic and fusion to hip-hop -Beats blossomed into a hugely successful club act. And recently, with “See You on the Other Side”, the second Enja album was presented with their “Electronic Alternative Experimental Jazz”, as they call their music.