Hayden Chisholm – Saxophone, Flute
Philip Zoubek – Piano, Prepared Piano, Moog
Sebastian Gramss – Double Bass, Spacebass / Composition

“Freedom shows a very tidy synthesis of modern sound aesthetics and our own conception of contemporary melodies without stylistic restricted areas. Meticulously thought out and arranged, put together with intuition and know-how and set in motion, this complex stuff is neverthelesseasy to catch.”


NEWS: New album FREEDOM (rent a dog) is out!

WDR Jazz award for Philip Zoubek (2020)
ECHO Bass for Sebastian Gramss (2013 & 2018)
Nominated for German Jazz award (2017)
SWR Jazz award for Hayden Chisholm (2014)

This exceptional Cologne based trio presents their third album FREEDOM (rent a dog). After their ECHO award winning album GENTLE GIANTS (2017) and their highly acclaimed debut THE WOOD (2013), the three lift their lyrical style to perfection with the new album and develop a subtle depth, in which there is so much to discover. Since 2013 they have been touring in all over Europe, Russia and Africa.

On board: Sax player Hayden Chisholm – SWR award winner originally from New Zealand, Cologne based piano player Philip Zoubek from Austria – winner of the WDR Jazz award 2020, and Cologne bass player and double ECHO bass award winner Sebastian Gramss. Their appealing and ambitious approach harmoniously brings together refined structures and improvisations, appealing to both – mind and soul.

SLOWFOX – recently celebrated as „Newcomer of the Year“ at Jazzahead Festival – embodies an exciting balance between appealing melodies and sophisticated sound aesthetics and creates a unique kind of a “Melodic Avantgarde” at the highest level of playfulness.


(rent a dog, 2021)

I will tell you what freedom is to me – no fear!
I mean really, no fear!
Nina Simone

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(TRAUMTON Records, 2017) – ECHO award

And those who were seen dancing
were thought to be insane
by those who could not hear the music.

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(Jazzwerkstatt Berlin, 2014)

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

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JAZZTHETIK 05/14: ****

“Eine Metamorphose – eine in Klang umgesetztes Gedicht… …Sebastian Gramss besitzt neben seiner direkten musikalischen Sprache, die er mit Bands wie Underkarl oder Fossile3 umsetzt, eine einfühlsame, die Emotionen streichelnde Klangsprache, die weder aufdringlich noch vorlaut, sondern einfach nur die Seele streichelnde Zurückhaltung aus dem Hintergrund ganz nach vorne stellt…”


“New Jazz Techniken und Neue Musik Impulse ergänzen sich perfekt zu einem integrierten Ensembleklang – mit Raum für großartige unaufgeregte Bass-Soli, exquisite Klavierklänge und berückend die Mariano/ Konitz Tradition fortsetzende Saxofonlinien.”

“This exceptional Cologne based trio of the double bass player and ECHO award winner Sebastian Gramss present us with their second album ‘GENTLE GIANTS’ (Traumton, Berlin). After their acclaimed debut ‘The Wood’ in 2013, the trio lifts their lyrical style to perfection with the new album and develops a subtle depth, in which there is so much to discover.
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