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Born: December 25, 1972    Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor

Grosskopf

…the music flows like a stream…drags along different influences…taking them to new banks to become something new…the power of the groove works like a maelstrom on the sound...the sounds break through this torrent…fertile ground for new musical colours and shapes is emerging…the musicians’ diverse experiences affect each other…one takes from another…the source springs from different arms…the mouth is one…

((grosskopf)) … who’s this? One might say that ((grosskopf)) (meaning 'big head') is to compare with a funnel in which all kind of musical influence and style is inserted and out of his saxophone’s bell comes HIS music … jazz-funk spiced with drum’nbass and ambient sounds! This stylistic description of ((grosskopf))’s work would be too simple if you look at his diverse projects and the compositions of the last years. The juries, awarding him the 'Leipzig Jazz-Award 1999', the 'Art Award Of The City Of Friedrichshafen 2002' and the scholarship for the 'Skidmore Jazz Institute New York” did so, because of the huge stylistic diversity in playing and composing. In his projects involved are musicians like percussionist Hakim Ludin, New York-based singer Miles Griffith, singer Lois from Vienna, dj Raphneck from Leipzig and Hungarian drummer Kaszas Peter from Budapest among others....
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Awards:

"Art-Award of the City of Friedrichshafen" (2001) "Leipzig Jazz-Award" (1999) scholarship for "Skidmore Jazz Insitute" (1995)
In short sax-player Andreas Grosskopf might as well be the year 2006 version of Klaus Doldinger of Passport (and if you don't know who Klaus Doldinger is, just imagine an electric sax player who is a cross between Maceo Parker and Eddie Harris). That is how badd he is and that's how badd the album “File Under G” is. A few years ago he released an album of powerhouse Jazz-Funk which we reviewed called “Type: G”. This time out for “File Under G” the results are similar, however Grosskopf up's the anty by also featuring the beautiful vocals of Charlotte Karlstedt on several cuts. It all works perfectly with the vocal cuts that remind me of the early 70's Flora Purim RTF and the instrumental cuts reminding me of like....well....Passport?

© bob davis / soul-patrol.com

with SCROOGE "scrooge" (1998) under own name: "type:g" (2002) "file under: g" (2005) with NYLE: "Dancing Spirits" (2004) "Heat" (2006)

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Primary Instrument:
Sax, tenor

Location:
Leipzig

Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students

tenor-sax: Dave Guardala (black nickel); Otto Link R.G. mouthpiece; Gonzalez 2,5 reeds soprano-sax: Yamaha Custom; Otto Link Metal; Gonzalez 2,25 Reeds

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