Ehwald, Peter & Stefan Schultze
"In 2019, Stefan and I were looking for music that was less complex and more focused on jazz improvisation," explains Ehwald. They invited bassist Andreas Lang, a long-time fixture in the saxophonist's group Double Trouble and drummer Moritz Baumgartner. . "I met Tomasz [Dabrowski] through Andreas, and Stefan and I heard him the same year at a solo concert in Bochum, where we performed with Tom Rainey. I think Tomasz has an incredible voice and I immediately heard the sound of the quintet in my head." "It is our homage to the sound of the quintet in jazz," says Schultze. "Ultimately, it was about not focusing too much on pitch/rhythm/harmonies etc., but on our idea of what the sound of the jazz quintet means to us, explains Schultze. "We wanted to translate a kind of nostalgia/meaning from an earlier time into our sound language and into the present." . The quintet recorded the album at Jazzschmiede, a club in Dusseldorf, and the group plays with a fiery spark. By sharing their potent ideas,Ehwald and Schultze have produced something greater than the sum of its parts. "Since Peter and I both compose and constantly exchange ideas about music, but nevertheless write completely different compositions, an exciting dialectic arises between our compositions or also through each other's comments.STAMP is a project that translates this very direct way of making music into our musical lives. It's really about the group and about the feeling of looking forward to spending time together on stage, but also getting together and talking about music and life."