Fossile 3



Rudi Mahall – Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Etienne Nillesen (NL) – Drums, prep. Snare
Sebastian Gramss – Double bass / Composition

“Short durations….
….the essentials in a nutshell.”

New CD is out: ’16 Tracks To Kill Time’ (Jazzwerkstatt, 2019)
2019: Tour in Argentina

Nominated for German Jazzaward (2011)
SWR Jazzaward for Rudi Mahall (2012)
ECHO 2013 & 2018 (Bass) for Sebastian Gramss

In our world of cellular ring tones and telephone waiting queue melodies, this trio maintains a final contact to the inexhaustible energy reserves of the jazz tradition and gives these fossil fuels a cunning, new frame. Fossile 3 is strongly influenced by the old shellac and single formats: Compact topics, small variations and compromised solos … short and sweet is the motto…

16 Tracks To Kill Time

(Jazzwerkstatt, 2019)
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78 rpm

(Gligg Records, 2013)
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(Konnex, 2011)
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Der Spiegel (2011)

“….erdige Musik mit griffigen Melodien von der europäischen Jazzanvantgarde.”

Jazzthetik (2011)

“Rudi Mahall + Sebastian Gramss: Das Gipfeltreffen der tiefen Töne.”

DA (03/2011)

“…eine Wundertüte voller skurriler Miniaturen, sehr knapp und prägnant.”

Jazzthetik (01/2011)

“Mahall + Gramss setzen mit Fossile 3 ein besonderes Ausrufezeichen!”

Gitarre + Bass (02/2011)

“Eindringlich + intensiv: Sehr lebendige Fossile… beeindruckende Musiker + orginelle Kompositionen.”

Hifi & Records (02/1011)

“…hohes artistisches Niveau + verblüffender Esprit.”