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Edgar Knecht

Edgar Knecht

The pianist and composer Edgar Knecht is one of Germany's best jazz musicians. Among award-winning solo programs he has written numerous pieces for theatre, flm and television.

The critics just can't hide their excitement when it comes to Edgar Knecht. 'Jazz hasn't been this original and stimulating for a long time', one of them enthused, 'This music is simply stunning', respected monthly Jazzpodium confessed, and ­Germany's biggest quality newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung wrote, 'This is truly unheard-of music.' And truly, the German pianist and his band of bassist Rolf Denecke and drum-duo Stephan Emig and Tobias Schulte succeed in ­creating something genuinely new.

On his 2010 debut album 'Good Morning Lilofee', Edgar Knecht demonstrated that dusty German folk songs could be brought back to life if interpreted with empathy and passion. It gained his ensemble invitations to some of the most renowned international festivals, playing alongside established stars like John Scofield, Buena Vista Social Club, Pat Metheny and Dave Holland. And wherever they went, they turned both the public and critics into fans.

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