Jakob Manz
The Answer

VÖ: 26.01.2024

Genre: Junge Talente, Saxophone Jazz, Young German Jazz



ACT 9685-2, 614427968524
Jakob Manz / alto saxophone & recorder
Hannes Stollsteimer / piano & keyboards
Frieder Klein / electric bass
Paul Albrecht / drums
Karl-F. Degenhardt / percussion

Lionel Loueke / vocals & guitar on 2
Matthias Schriefl / alphorn & trumpet on 5
Alexandra Stollsteimer / violin on 6

produced by the artists
the art in music: cover art "California Suite No.7, 2004" by Mimmo Paladino

“Groove jazz, that’s what we grew up with,” says alto saxophonist Jakob Manz. “Marcus Miller, David Sanborn and the Brecker Brothers - they’re all in our DNA. But for The Jakob Manz Project’s second album, we also wanted new inspirations which would push us further”. The main catalyst for this was a performance at the Papjazz Festival in Haiti. The band were deeply affected by the country and its music, as well as a first encounter with pianist Meddy Gerville from La Réunion. So, whereas we can hear Jakob Manz’s breathtaking virtuosity again on “The Answer”, it is always something he puts to the service of the music. Grooves and melodies are to be heard here which are clearly influenced by the more soulful and poppier sides of American jazz. But there are also new colours derived from a serious immersion and engagement with music from beyond the western world.

Manz conquers these newly expanded sonic horizons with his band consisting of Hannes Stollsteimer (piano), Frieder Klein (bass) and Paul Albrecht (drums), plus additional percussion from Karl-F. Degenhardt. The guests on the album are from the most diverse directions: Lionel Loueke contributes a fascinating West African touch with vocals and guitar, Alexandra Stollsteimer contributes the sound of classical violin and Matthias Schriefl is on trumpet and alphorn – this last instrument certainly a very raresighting in a band playing groove jazz. As ever, jazz provides musicians all over the world with a vocabulary to express, share and communicate what moves and influences them, and to allow audiences to appreciate it. In its own life-affirming way, jazz definitely has “The Answer”.
Jakob Manz
The Jakob Manz Project won the 1st Prize at the Future Sounds 2018 competition during the Leverkusener Jazztage.In April 2018, the band also received the 1st Prize and the Audience Award at the international Jazz Prize Biberach. Bandleader Jakob Manz, born on May 16, 2001, has played with renowned musicians such as Wolfgang Schmid, Randy Brecker, Ack van Rooyen, and Wolfgang Dauner. At the age of just 16, he was admitted to the Bundesjazzorchester (BuJazzO), with which he performed in concert halls like the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the Kölner Philharmonie, and the Gasteig München, as well as in various countries including the USA, Canada, Albania, and the Netherlands."Youngster outshines them all: Jakob Manz and his band forcefully channeled the spirit of jazz through the forum, leading to a standing ovation from the audience," said the Kölner Stadtanzeiger about their performance at the Leverkusener Jazztage.