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Philipp van Endert

The latest releases of guitar player/composer Philipp van Endert provide further evidence of his sensitive grasp of dramatic tension. Open space and breathing are elements that come to mind when listening to his current projects (from duo, trio up to sextet). Van Endert uncovers and gives new life to the secret force fields of long-discovered melody lines with virtuosic instinct. His music is like a bird’s flight of musical fantasy across the resources of our Jazz heritage. It is not an attempt to reinvent coolness, but rather to sharpen sensitivity for the special quality of lyrical creativity. Philipp van Endert impresses with his musical prowess and brings many of his strengths to the fore in his latest beguiling yet weighty Jazz recordings. This guitarist has found the recipe for gratifying Jazz enthusiasts in their quest for meaning.

Since his return from the USA, Philipp van Endert has matured into an individual and distinctive voice in the current jazz scene. He has played numerous tours, made recordings in America and Europe and has accepted the invitations of many international festivals - among them the well-known Montreux Jazz Festival, The Hague Jazz, Jazz Sur Son Toulouse, Ankara Jazzfestival and Leverkusener Jazztage. His guitar playing, which is energetic whilst also being lyrical, is documented on more than 40 CD releases and has brought him together with jazz greats including Mike Stern, Danny Gottlieb, Lajos Dudas, Jarek Smietana, Karl Berger, Gerd Dudek, Kenny Wheeler, Adrian Mears and Rick Margitza.

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