About this Recording

The Trio Friedrich-Hebert-Moreno is, as the name implies, a three-way street. Headed by young German sensation pianist Jurgen Friedrich, with internationally renowned veterans, bassist John Hebert and fellow New Yorker Tony Moreno on drums, the three work cooperatively to make some of the most interesting jazz music today.

Creating pieces with enormous depth with minimalist structures and chamber-like nuance, the trio challenges listeners with its subtlety and intense musicality. With a basis in classical training, Friedrich along with his American cohorts, are developing compositional ideas rather than just vamps to lead into solos; and complex forms rather than easy melodies for humming. Surfacing is thoughtful and exploratory music, with terrific ensemble interplay that demands attention.

The group has been together since 1998 and has already made three CDs. Each has been critical acclaimed in Friedrich’s homeland of Germany. With the international release of Surfacing, they now set their sights on the rest of the world.

Highly regarded young piano genius Jurgen Friedrich has garnered many awards in his short career is one of the most promising young composers out of Germany. A native of Cologne, Friedrich studied jazz piano and composition at Cologne College of Music with John Taylor, Joachim Ullrich and Bill Dobbins. He has played or written for Kenny Wheeler, Maria Schneider and other leading Germany-based top jazz artists. He won the Gil Evans Award 1997 for jazz composition (the first non-American to do so); the 1st prize Julius Hemphill Composition Award in 1998; 2nd prize International Competition of Arrangement and Composition Barga, and Cologne’s Award/Fellowship for Jazz/Improvised Music 2000. He also teaches composition/arrangement at Mannheim College of Music.

John Hebert and Tony Moreno, meanwhile, are two of New York’s most in-demand jazzmen. John was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He began bass in high school and continued his jazz education from 1990-92 at Loyola University in New Orleans where he studied with Bill Huntington. In 1992 John moved to the New York City area, transferring to William Paterson University in New Jersey where he graduated with a B.M. in Jazz Performance. He studied with Rufus Reid, Steve Wilson, Todd Coolman, and Steve Turre. After graduating, John moved to New York City proper where he has become a highly prized bassist. Among the CDs he has played on include Barbara Sfraga’s Oh What A Thrill! (Naxos Jazz).

Drummer Tony Moreno too is one of the most sought after musicians of his profession. He tours all around the world and teaches in the New York University Jazz Program. Among many, many others, Tony has worked with Mal Waldron, Bill Frisell, Elvin Jones, Dave Liebman, Paul Bley, Kenny Wheeler, Chris Potter, Frank Foster, Harvie Swartz, Joey Calderazzo, The Lounge Lizards, Marc Ribot, Ravi Coltrane and Tim Hagans. Most recently, he performed in David Phillips’ group, Freedance whose release is also just out on Naxos Jazz.

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