+ Raphael Wressnig, Lukas Knoefler
Harry Sokal has been making tracks in the musical landscape for years already, with his own innovative projects, such as Depart, Full Circle, Roots Ahead, Voices of Time, Stories and freeTenors, and also as a first class sideman for Art Farmer, Carla Bley and Joe Zawinul. But perhaps Harry is most noted for his virtuoso playing with the Vienna Art Orchestra and he stayed on with Mathias Rüegg for the whole life of the VAO.
With his current trio Groove and their new CD bearing the promising title "Where sparks start to fly", Harry Sokal once again lives up to the highest of expectations.
This is mainly because he knows better than almost anyone else how to apply individual technical perfection to the art of making music. Harry Sokal is a musician's musician par excellence whose primary concern is the content and who only goes for the applause afterwards.
In Harry Sokal's Groove, the master saxophonist makes maximum use of the rhythmicpower field created by top talents Raphael Wressnig on the Hammond B-3 organ and Lukas Knöfler on drums: a dynamic pair who have worked together over the years in a variety of ensembles.
In the course of his career, Wressnig has found his own unique voice that lies somewhere in the spectrum between Jimmy Smith and Billy Preston yet with undeniably strong R&B roots. Lukas Knöfler comes from a jazz background and has accumulated valuable experience in the Nouvelle Cuisine Big Band and alongside Karl Ratzer.
,,"Where Sparks Start To Fly" ("Wo die Funken sprühen") ist das Motto des Albums: Explosive Grooves mit fetten R&B-Anteilen und energiegeladene Soli des Saxofonisten beherrschen den Raum." (Jazzthing, April / Mai 2013)