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Monday, Apr 02 2007 | 13:17 Buy this now at GoodToGo (B2B)

When Wet Cookies played their first live sessions in 1999, their music was raw, untreated and loud. It was pure improvisation, inspired by 70’s free-funk and albums like “On The Corner” by Miles Davies. This not only applied to individual solos, but the music itself was created spontaneously. All they needed was a basic guideline to really ‘get the thing goin’.

Although based on traditional jazz instrumentation, their sound was clearly influenced by electronic music and artificial, psychedelic soundscapes. As the band experimented with numerous sound processors, electronic drums and mallets, the engineering gradually became an integral part of their live performances.

In order to maintain this energy on CD, their debut album, “Earthling” was entirely composed and recorded live at two studio sessions in Vienna. Rooted in tradition but also heading into the future “Earthling” recalls not only styles from the likes of Herbie Hancock, Chet Baker or Gerry Mulligan but also elements of today’s music like Groove Armada or St. Germain. Founders Axel Hirn (also known for his work with the dub combo Noiseshaper) and Bjoern Klein set out to make not just another nu-jazz album with some jazzy flavours over contemporary dance music, but to create an original piece of music that is entirely based on improvisation. This feat was made possible thanks to an oustanding group of musicians who participated in the project, some already established figures in the international jazz scene who have collaborated with artists like Natalie Cole and Joe Zawinul, amongst others. Finally, after recording the album, Axel added his own brand of dub-inspired madness, to give the Cookies a unique and distinctive jazz/dub vibe.

Describe the hype and say easily one of those:

It´s cool, it´s brandy, it´s a bit like Miles Davis meets Fela Kuti meets King Tubby (don´t take it to seriously …!)

Musicians:

Axel Hirn (producer) born in Vienna, lives in London / released four albums with the Downbeat-Dub-Act Noiseshaper / worked amongs others with Adrian Sherwood / produced remixes for Sly & Robbie and Outkast

Björn Klein (drums, producer) studied Jazz at The Academy of Music Vienna / session and live drummer

Daniel Nösig (trumpet) “Master Of Music” Diploma (grade 9) at Royal Conservatory Den Haag (NL) / worked amongst others with Joe Zawinul, John Ruocco, Ben Monder, Jonathan Blake

Flip Philipp (vibes) Solo Percussionist at The Vienna Symphonic Orchestra / worked with Natalie Cole, Diana Ross, Joe Zawinul, Richard Dorfmeister, Wayne Horwitz, Idris Muhamed

Gustavo Dantas (guitar) born in Brasil, lives in New York / worked with John Sass, Angus Thomas, Ari Brown, Eddie Cole, Curtis Fowlkes, Cyro Baptista

Jürgen Mitterlehner (sax) worked with Lee Harper, Lynne Kieran, Izabel Padovani, Ronaldo Saggiorato

Michael ‘Stoney’ Steindl (flute) studied jazz flute at the Academy of Music Vienna / worked with Madrid De Los Austrios, Shanti Roots

Thomas Uhegbu (piano, rhodes & synths) studied at the Academy of Music Vienna

Herfried Knapp (double bass) studied at The American Institute of Music / worked with Gisele Jackson, Karl Ratzer, Chuck Le Monds

Roman Wheis (e-bass)

Ali Delfa (percussion)

The album Wet CookiesEarthling” (Collision) has been released March 30, 2007.

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