What with its idiosyncratic music, the anarchistic humour, its intelligent arrangements and original sounds, Der Rote Bereich passes for one of the most exciting bands of modern German jazz. Founded in 1992 by guitarist Frank Möbus and the bass clarinetist Rudi Mahall, the band went through several metamorphoses until finally the Berlin drummer Oliver Bernd Steidle proofed to be the convincing percussionist in this trio. The press celebrated Der Rote Bereich as “the most important representative of German avant-garde jazz”. The “Jazzpodium” states: “In Germany you can barely find music that is comparably complex, surprisingly simple, refreshing in its self-mockery and interesting in every second.”
Der Rote Bereich is back now, after a creative pause. This fall the band will be on tour with a new program, presenting their seventh CD release, the first on Intakt Records. Frank Möbus once said: “Music has to do with life, but life not necessarily with music”. The music of Der Rote Bereich is very up to date, it is full of instancy and realism. Yet they know the true promise and fun of musical seriousness that makes their music an intellectual as well as sensual jazz adventure.
released September 20, 2010
Frank Möbus: guitar
Rudi Mahall: bass clarinet
Oliver Steidle: drums
supported by 5 fans who also own “Der Rote Bereich 7”
For all its tricksiness, this is very sensous album. Almost liquid-like in its blend of genres and harmonic elements. It feels like a step in multiple directions at once, as it's not dominated by any singular sense of purpose or intent, other than to just connect with the listener. A modern-jazz soundscape, perhaps.
This is album really confirms for me that we are in the midst of a jazz revival of the like not seen in decades. Michael Mueller