Monday, May 29 2006 | 10:42

The internationally highly acclaimed Jazz Quartet Root 70 (Nils Wogram, Jochen Rueckert, Matt Penman and Hayden Chisholm) is going to release a new album entitled “Heaps Dub”. Together they play favourite songs from Flanger and Burnt Friedman & The Nu Dub Players. Most original titles come from Nonplace releases 2000-2004. The predominantly programmed and electronically conceived pieces experience the finest acoustic makeover possible. The two days recording session took place in Cologne, October 2005. All songs were arranged for trombone, saxophone, drums and double bass by Hayden Chisholm and have finally been dubbed by Burnt Friedman. The musical spectrum on “Heaps Dub” ranges from Jazz, Reggae Dub, Latin Jazz, odd grooves and crosses the named genres.

These days, it’s all about reconstruction. Well, actually it’s always been about that. Only that in this day and age, with all those electronic devices surrounding us, there’s so many more possibilities to re-arrange, re-play, re-mix and re-cycle. But while most musical reconstruction today is depending on electronic means, “Heaps Dub” presents a slightly different approach. Burnt Friedman’s various projects – that often cross the borders of the most traditional jazz while being produced in Friedman’s own genuine electronic style – experience an acoustic makeover on this album.

The ten tracks assembled on “Heaps Dub” all come from the diverse albums Friedman has released with the projects Flanger – together with Atom™ – The Nu Dub Players and also solo on his Nonplace label from 2000-2004. This selection was chosen by Hayden Chisholm, long-time collaborator of Friedman in the various live outfits with which the two tour the world together. Chisholm is also part of the acclaimed jazz band Root 70 who have now come to play the once electronically conceived brain children of Friedman in a somewhat classic jazz quartet style – acoustic, from the page, and live.

“Heaps Dub” therefore presents the reconstruction of the reconstruction: Friedman in his original programmed work has always tried to come as close as it gets to the authenticity of natural instruments and the spirit of a band playing – to question the very principle of “natural”. Root 70 on this album have “re-naturalized” the programmed works of Friedman – not necessarily to question the very principle of “programmed”, but to show that these works are true songs in their own right, as well as musical favourites, no matter what the overall circumstances might be.

“Heaps Dub” comes full cycle with the final production, editing and overdubs that Burnt Friedman did after Hayden Chisholm, Nils Wogram, Matt Penman and Jochen Rueckert had recorded their versions of his diverse songs. There are four dub tunes and four latin-jazz songs as well as a spoken word collage and a smooth jazz track on the album. Connecting them is the general length of five minutes per track – and the unmistakable timeless quality of Friedman’s songwriting. And songwriting is, as we all should know by now, just another form of reconstruction.

Root 70

Hayden Chisholm – saxophone, clarinet, melodica, band arrangements
Nils Wogram – trombone
Matt Penman – double bass
Jochen Rueckert – drums
Burnt Friedman – production, edits, dub
Black Sifichi – voice on Revivitator


Hayden Chisholm – saxophone, clarinet, melodica, band arrangements

Hayden Chisholm is a saxophonist and composer well known for his work with the artist Rebecca Horn. Originating from New Zealand, he studied in Germany and India and has since performed all over the world. His compositions have been recorded by BBC and WDR radio and as an instrumentalist he has released several albums. He currently plays with Burnt Friedman & Jaki Liebezeit and Pluramon as well as creating the music for several of Rebecca Horn’s recent installations, several of which are touring the world. In 2005 his installation “Moonmirror” was featured in St Paul´s Cathedral in London. Although only 30, he has spent 8 years of his life on the road giving concerts and is currently preparing a book about his musical travels. He currently lives and works in Berlin and Cologne.

Nils Wogram – trombone

Though barely in his 30’s Nils Wogram has been a prolific and acclaimed performer for more than a decade. He has been recognized internationally as the new master on his instrument. Based on classical training, he aims at playing the jazz trombone with the fluency and flexibility of a saxophone while developing an individual concept of composing and ensemble playing. A multi-prize winner, he was awarded the 1996 International Frank Rosolino Memorial Scholarship for Jazz Trombone (USA), a composition award from the 1997 Inter-national Julius Hemphill Competition (USA), the 1998 SWR Jazz Award and many others. Wogram was a classical soloist for Krahnenbaum Company, performed as a leader at the ENJA 25th Anniversary Festival in New York and recorded and toured with his own quartet as well as with other successful acts. Wogram’s CDs received highest ratings.

Matt Penman – double bass

Matt Penman is a busy musician, he plays double bass on about 50 records, plays live with the San Francisco Jazz Collective under the direction of Joshua Redman and with Madeleine Peyroux. He also played with are Kurt Rosenwinkel, Kenny Werner, Nneena Freelon, Chris Cheek, Seamus Blake, Peter Bernstein, Guillermo Klein, Wolfgang Muthspiel. Matt created the record ”The Unquiet” on Fresh Sound and once realized that he likes garlic salt more than regular salt, but this wasn¹t always the case. Originating from New Zealand and Matt now lives in New York City.

Jochen Rueckert – drums

Jochen Rueckert was born in 1975 near Koeln, Germany and started playing drums at age 6. In 1995 he moved to Brooklyn, NY where he lives now. He has been playing and recording with a variety of bands including Marc Copland trio, Nils Wogram quartet ,Marc Turner band, Chris Cheek, Kurt Rosenwinkel, John Abercrombie, Sam Yahel, Pat Metheny etc. Jochen has been touring all over north and south America, eastern and western Europe, Asia and Australia. He is also known for his non-jazz work with New York punk-rock bands “Tennis” and “Bonnie Lundy” and electronic work with Marcus Schmickler and Nublu bands, most mentionable “Wax Poetic”. He also plays bass in the NYC rockband “Worldclass” and programs, remixes and produces music for various artists in the electro/pop/hip hop sector.

On Tour

In January 2006 Root 70 recorded another new album in New York City. The new pieces will be released on Intuition in autumn 2006. The group goes on tour in Ireland 10. – 25.10.2006 and Europe from 02. – 19.11. 2006.

Press Quotes

“If you’ve been wondering about the state of young, contemporary European jazz talent recently, look no further – and enjoy!” British Jazz Journal

“This music is brilliantly executed, bursting with wit. Root 70 illustrates how traditions can be both respected and resoundingly transgressed.” John Kennedy in JAZZ

“Wogram plays with pinpoint accuracy and rapid-fire linear invention. Hayden Chisholm plays alto with a Cool-School lightness … combine this with his uncanny ability to elicit shkuhachi-like tones and you have one of the most offbeat, personal saxophone styles I’ve heard in a while.” CODA Magazine

“Wogram is one of the most technically advanced trombonists of any genre. When he lets loose his super-human abilities are something to marvel at, as the trombonist lashes out with a speed and facility rarely seen on the instrument.” All about music guide


01. Get Things Straight (Friedman/Atom™)
02. Designer Groove (Friedman/Hass)
03. Five Star Group Travel (Friedman)
04. Destination Unknown (Friedman)
05. Revivitator (Tongs Of Love), CD only (Friedman/Black Sifichi)
06. Escape The Night (Friedman)
07. Life Is Worth Dying For (Friedman)
08. It Ain’t Rocket Science (Atom™/Friedman/Hass)
09. Bosco’s Disposable Driver (Atom™/Friedman)
10. Nightbeat, CD only (Atom™/Friedman)

The album Root 70Heaps Dub” (Nonplace) is going to be released June 23rd, 2006.

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