With their fresh and pulsatile sound the Jan Prax Quartett is a promising newcomer to ACT’s Young German Jazz series. These four musicians are passionately combining traditional and progressive elements of jazz in order to create their own unique expression. Inspired by the timeless spirit of American jazz legends from John Coltrane to Modern Mainstream heroes like Joshua Redman, the self-composed tunes of the band present a powerful commitment to the music of former times. “Keepin’ A Style Alive” is their debut album.
“You are so young and play so great. I hate you!” Those were the words uttered by none other than David Sandborn upon meeting Jan Prax (born 1992 in Karlsruhe) after seeing the youngster’s impressive performance on the main stage of the Leverkusener Jazztage in 2013 – Prax was performing as a reward for winning the ‘future sounds’ competition the year before. The press drew similar conclusions as to his talent, the Hamburger Abendblatt noting that "Jan Prax plays the alto sax like the Devil incarnate...".With its fresh, pulsating sound, the Jan Prax Quartett is seen as one of the promising newcomers of Young German Jazz. The four musicians passionately and playfully bring together traditional and modern elements of jazz and put their own stamp on it. Inspired by the timeless depth of the music of American jazz legends, the ba...line up
Produced by Klaus Scheuermann with the artists
Recorded by Klaus Scheuermann at RecPublica Studios, Lubrza, Poland, July 15 - 17, 2014
Mixed and mastered by Klaus Scheuermann
Cover art by Stefan Mauck, YOURS 2000, ACT Art Collection