The story behind 24
In my musical life and work there have been three major milestones, all of which have now culminated in "Jazzmachine 24":
1. my own project "Jazzmachine" with the two albums "Radio" (2003) and "Moongroove" (2008), whereby it was always clear to me that a third album, in the sense of a trilogy, had to follow;
2. the founding of IAN (Immersive Audio Network) Productions in 2016.
This is where my partners and I pioneer immersive audio every day.
This company has become the home and destination of my lifelong quest to discover and create new sound experiences. (As a furious prelude, IAN 2016 launched another of my heart's projects, the immersive "Tetragon Project").
3. my start as a keyboard player with Kurt Hauenstein's "Supermax";
But one thing at a time:
In 2009, I started working on the third album. In the course of the demo work and the first jam sessions – also together with my friend and long-time Supermax band colleague, the guitar legend Bernhard Locker - there was a moment during our brainstorming where we nostalgically allowed "old Supermax elements" to flow into the recordings, and this inspired a vision in both of us:
"Actually, Kurtl (Kurt Hauenstein) should sing all this and play bass for it.“
After this idea had developed so organically, it was no surprise that Kurt responded enthusiastically to the email I sent him more than 15 years after our last gig together (in 1993).
"Jazzmachine featuring Supermax - the best you can get" was conceived, and immediately put into action:
Demos were sent back and forth, and the energy from something magical being created was omnipresent.
Kurt's last words to me in mid-March 2011 were: "See you next Friday in Munich to record - the reggae will be insane".
Kurt Hauenstein died quite unexpectedly on March 21, 2011.
After that, it was no longer possible for me to continue working on the album.
That was the end of my beloved Jazzmachine for the time being. After a longish phase of sadness and of coming to terms with this shock, I slowly began to get to know and explore new musical and sound worlds again, sometimes even co-creating them.
And, as often happens when you’re in tune with the universe and „let things flow“, the right performers, artists and soulmates magically and miraculously came along and gave the project exactly what it seemed to need. At the right time, with the right amount of input, and now, finally, with the right technology as well.
Now I could open those old sessions again and transfer them into the new (immersive) sound world – just as I’d dreamed from the very start.
What was so painfully stored away for me because of the abrupt end of the project could now suddenly be experienced again in all its power and quality – and at the end of this healing process, "Jazzmachine 24" is now ready to see the light of day:
So many wonderful musicians and companions from all three of my major artistic phases have put their love, talent and vision into this album - 24 of them, to be exact.
What a wonderful number! Thanks, to all of you, my deepest respect!
I think you were right – the reggae has become super-maximal! I thank you.
Jazzmachine 24 - in Memoriam Kurt Hauenstein/Supermax