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. In addition to performances with the Dizzy Gillespie pianist Ray Bryant, he also appeared regularly in performances and sessions in Manhattan jazz clubs. The guitarist completed his studies in the Netherlands in 1995 with a Master’s Degree. Today he's living in Weinheim/Germany with his wife Julia, his son Carl and his daughter Luisa.
Höfner guitars: Chancellor, New President, Verythin John Stowell, Verythin CT
Cream TweedSound 15
Apple computer MacBook
Ableton Live software
Effects: Danelectro Wasabi delay, Danelectro Milkshake chorus, Boss OC3 octaver, custom tubepreamp, Boss vol-pedal, Danelectro autowah, M-Audio Blackbox reloaded, Electro Harmonix 2880 Looper, korg kaoss pad kp2, Electro Harmonix Memory Man Hazarai
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.”
„Fritz & Gans“the hipest band on the scene ... easy sounding, but very complex tunes - the biggest aim since the beginning of arts.
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
”...Christian Eckert is one of the increasingly rare breed of composers who can tell coherent stories