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Maik Krahl Quartet

Maik Krahl Quartet
Modern Jazz

Maik Krahl represents his generation’s current top of the German jazz trumpeter. His musical statements enrich me and let me look forward into a future of a whole genre, which will always exist. Big compliment!
- Till Brönner
Dear ladies and gentlemen,
my name is Maik Krahl and I am a jazz trumpeter from Cologne, Germany. In May 2020 I released my new album FRACTION (Challenge Records International) with the Maik Krahl Quartet. I would be very happy to present the new program at Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues Fest.
Attached you can find first impressions of my music and my press text. I am looking forward to hearing from you.
Kind regards,

Maik Krahl

Impressions:
Album Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIPiI3whUUI
Music Video Longtime Beauty: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbXlNRV_1zY
Tangent to Tango: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uj8zm9tujdY
Big Adventures of a Tiny Creature: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRXajvJSw2M

Press text:
Maik Krahl Quartet featuring Seamus Blake - Fraction
Release: May 2020, Challenge Records International
Fraction sounds kind of small, almost incomplete. However, on his new record Fraction jazz trumpeter Maik Krahl proves that the whole thing is always more than the sum of its parts.
After his critically acclaimed debut Decidophobia, which took Krahl and his quartet across Germany and to many renowned jazz festivals, he delivers an earthy and occasionally floating album that is coming for experimental jazz-sound enthusiasts and fans of traditional jazz styles respectively.
To quote his former professor Till Brönner: “It’s a great pleasure to listen to Maik Krahl and his fellow artists on FRACTION! The love for virtuosity and sound is captured in each of the compositions at a level that simply has to inspire! My sincere respect for this album!”
Maik Krahl (born 1991) knows how to take the listener along on this record’s journey. His characteristic mellow sound (which reminds one of his idols, such as Chet Baker) changes between soft tones and exciting sound-gadgetry, using delay and distortion. However, at the same time Krahl never loses his sense for musicality and melodies. The record deliberately calms down and catches its breath between agitating solo parts.
In his collaboration with Constantin Krahmer (p/rhod), Oliver Lutz (db) and Leif Berger (dr), Krahl creates a comforting, warm sound and an atmosphere, which – depending on the track – triggers different images in the listener’s mind. While Opening and Tangent to Tango are soft and accessible, Big Adventures of a Tiny Creature picks up groovy soul elements: the listener’s mind is relocated to a basement venue in New York, where it seems like Steely Dan’s Donald Fagan and Walter Becker are waiting for their cue.
Great emphasis lies in the fact that Krahl was able to gain the acclaimed star Seamus Blake (sax) as a guest on his album. On Big Adventures of a Tiny Creature, Krahl and Blake deliver a marvelous call-and-response interaction, which opens out in a rash of top-notch solos – highly versatile and presented in a pleasantly effortless way, just like you would expect it from the jazz greats.
At First Sight shows Krahl’s adventurous style that we remember quite well from his last album: he adds distortion to the ever so mellow trumpet, and the next thing you know, it almost sounds like a guitar. That sound makes you curious for more, however, Krahl always follows the path of the melody.
Fraction is an album full of finds, small pearls by themselves, but a huge treasure in the context of the album – a lot more than just a fragment.

Website: https://www.maikkrahl.com
Social Media: https://www.instagram.com/maikkrahl/
Video: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWusxAboWjq293Lct6GEgyw