MEECO “Grasp of idiom and phrasing and singular feel for writing material sensitive to tone and color.”
(Latin Jazz Network)
“Transboundary, musicality and sensitivity”
(All About Jazz)
These are just but a few of the accolades describing the talents of the German-born, producer/composer and citizen of Paris, France - “Meeco” aka Michael Maier.
Meeco’s music is first and foremost an emotional thing, for while at the piano, Meeco lets his feelings flow in order to create the soundtrack that corresponds with the pictures of his mind. Consequently, his work is intimate, fragile and introspective.
Being the producer of his most recent jazz albums, “Amargo Mel” (Connector Records, Germany 2009) and “Perfume e Caricias” (Connector Records, Germany / Spectra Jazz, U.S. 2010), Meeco focuses on the interpretation of his songs in order to achieve the very best results. While recording these works, he never allowed the musicians to rehearse and insisted that his songs be recorded live to capture artistic magical moments.
At the age of thirty-four, Meeco has worked and recorded with some of the most famous jazz musicians in the world, such as Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, Hubert Laws, Buster Williams, Eddie Henderson, David “Fathead” Newman, James Moody, Vincent Herring, Cedar Walton, Charlie Mariano, David Friedman and many others.
As a young child, Meeco was heavily influenced by his father who played classical piano, thereby making it completely natural to follow in his progenitor’s footsteps. Beginning lessons at 6 years old, and after several years of studying classical music, Meeco, sought other musical outlets. It was after a friend introduced vintage Ella Fitzgerald, Horace Silver and McCoy Tyner recordings, that he became enamored with jazz music.