Christian Eckert

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Born: July 30, 1965    

Christian Eckert

The guitarist Christian Eckert has been back in Germany since 1995 after a long sojourn abroad. He is in demand as a free-lance musician with his own band, in a trio with the New York organ-player Garry Versace and drummer Matthew Jorgensen, in an electronica projekt Sapporo as well as in his acoustic quartet „fritz & gans“ with Steffen Weber on sax. From 1990 onwards Christian lived in the Netherlands, studied at the Hilversums Conservatory and jazz guitar at the CHK-Conservatory in Zwolle. In 1992 he was granted a scholarship to continue his studies at the ”New School” in New York. There he studied with Jim Hall, Hal Galper, John Abercrombie and Peter Bernstein...
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Christian Eckert was named one of the ten most talented young guitarists on the international jazz-scene by the magazine " Jazz thing ", along with colleagues such as Mark Whitfield, Kurt Rosenwinkel or Peter Bernstein.
Rolling Stone Jan '01 “Dass er mit seinem Quartett in derzeit populärer Besetzung mit Hammond/Rhodes Piano sehr entspannt groovende Eigenkompositionen zwischen Funk, Swing und Latin spielt, fällt ausgesprochen angenehm auf.”

Scala '07 „Fritz & Gans“the hipest band on the scene ... easy sounding, but very complex tunes - the biggest aim since the beginning of arts. MC

Jazz thing May ’99 ”When he crosses earthy groove and lyrical note, Eckert achieves on the guitar from time to time the pregnant rough-edged vistas that Attila Zoller conveyed.” Hjs

RHEINPFALZ '98 ”...Christian Eckert is one of the increasingly rare breed of composers who can tell coherent stories. His supply of pithy ideas, melodies and investigations seem sheer endless. That he wanted to forge a bridge to the great Blue Note label era is clear from the first tone: warm sounds, clear linear guidance and a quartet of outstanding musicians... Without doubt a lucky strike.” ”In another time some of Eckert’s composition would have become hits or even standards, and Blue Note boss Alfred Lion would have danced to them like a bear.” Matthias Creutziger

Gentle Notes on the Guitar ”UP!” is the name of the new work, and it in fact points upwards for the musician who has taken a great leap forward as improvisor and composer. Eckert leads a top-class ensemble. With Anke Helfrich, Dirik Schilgen and Johannes Schaedlich, he has at his disposal the probably most homogeneous ensemble of the local jazz scene... The agreement can be heard from the first note: From the opening piece on the ensemble reveals a closely-meshed playing... ”UP!” is a successful, very tasteful disc all around. Something for jazz fans, who listen for refinement and nuances...” ”Who in German jazz today writes melodies to whistle along with “ who, except Christian Eckert?”

US CMJ Radio Charts Top 20 July `99

Quotes for „Musique Noir“ by „Sapporo Sound Motel“

“„Musique Noir“ ist Lounge Jazz auf der Höhe der Zeit: souverän, ohne Berührungsängste, gesprochen in der Sprache unser Tage.” (Jazzpodium)

“Intimate electronic sound with beats and bass of a night full of bars and night clubs - welcome to the Sapporo Sound Motel.” (

“Beats und Sounds treffen auf Cool Jazz und Pop und sorgen reihenweise für heiß-kalte Momente - natürlich mit einem ordentlich Schuss Saxophon.” (dpa-Meldung)

“virtuos!” (Stadtmagazin leo)

“CD-Tipp!” (Stadtmagazin Piste)

“Nu-Jazz vom De-Phazz-Label. Abermals trifft elektronische Besonnenheit auf versierte live Jazzinstrumentierung “ diesmal inklusive einer warmen weiblichen Gesangsstimme.” (Lives Magazin)

“pointierte Samples kombiniert mit massig guter Laune und mindestens ebenso viel Spielfreude. Die unerträgliche Leichtigkeit der Nacht.” (City Magazin)

“ein erstklassiges Album!” (Dresdner MoPo)

“zum wiederholten und langen Genießen!” (Archtop Germany)

“Sie klingt wie ein stilistischer Riesensatz: Von Jazz-Klassikern aus den Dreßigern direkt in unsere dgitalisierte Musikwelt. ... Aber passt all das wirklich zusammen ? Es passt!” (Mannheimer Morgen)

“Wir kennen das im Grundduktus bereits von Miles Davis “Files in Kilimandscharo”...Die Musik der Dunkelheit hat einen neuen Namen.” (Scala)

“Eine zupackende kleine Nachtmusik als musikalischer Neo Noir.” (Meier Stadtmagazin)

“Jazz war immer die Musik des Film Noir... Sapporo Sound Motel basteln nun mit einer spannenden Mischung aus Elektronika, und Jazz an einer versponnenen, tief gründigen Hommage an das Genre und seine Musik.” (Lift Stadtmagazin)

“Gänsehaut und Fieber trägt diese CD als gefährliches Virus in sich. Und die Inkubationszeit ist verdammt kurz.” (Clarino Print 04)

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