Melt Trio (english)
Peter Meyer – guitar
Bernhard Meyer – bass
Moritz Baumgärtner – drums
New Album “Hymnolia” (11/2013; Traumton Records)
“Peter Meyer is an up and coming creative guitarist who merits attention. I always make it a point to hear his band when i can!” (Kurt Rosenwinkel)
“This music is provocative, demanding, and has depth and density of expression. It is sometimes edgy, uncomfortable and unconventional, with its convincing gesture refuting all the prevailing jazz dogmas and yet still flattering and enticing in power and beauty. (…) “Melt” has become a very mature soundarchitectural work of art, with its compositional and instrumental qualities being close in relation to the transforming power of the music of Bill Evans and his trio with Scott LaFaro and Paul Motian, fifty years ago. Adventurous, new and highly exciting.”
Jazzpodium, Thorsten Hingst, 10/2011
“The highlight being the performance of Meyer / Baumgärtner / Meyer, a young jazz trio whose debut album ”Melt” is in many respects its own phenomenon: Here are three virtuosic instrumentalists playing guitar, bass and drums, a compact unit blending all possible influences from progressive and indie rock through to electronic music so strongly compacted that we hear a brand new form of music.”(taz, Tim Caspar Boehme)
“In the trio Meyer/Baumgärtner/Meyer we see three musicians who have the skills and intellect to tread further than their own path - beyond the familiar pattern.”
Wolf Kampmann about “HYMNOLIA”:
Two years ago the Trio Meyer-Baumgärtner-Meyer from Berlin astounded laymen and experts equally. The brothers Peter and Bernhard Meyer on guitars and bass, and drummer Moritz Baumgärtner invented a sound that boldly yet humbly overrode all established concepts of jazz improvisation, alternative rock, ambient and experience of nature translated to sound, but even surpassed all known syntheses, avantgardisms and overlappings. A sound that unfolded its bouquet light-years away from any crossover. And what was the name of their first album? “Melt”. And since the album title “Melt” so congenially describes the agenda of this trio, Meyer-Baumgärtner-Meyer, without further ado, turned into the Melt Trio.
“Hymnolia” continues exactly where “Melt” left off and yet at the same time expands the scope widely. Much that applied to “Melt” can be said with good conscience about “Hymnolia” as well. There is still this symbiotic expressiveness, in which composed, improvised and parts freely associated from pure sound organically flow into each other. These melodies are of such compelling beauty, that they want to be heard again and again. And they are so catchy, that one believes to have known them for many years, exactly as if every sunrise emerged around these melodies.Yes, it may sound a little kitschy, but the music of the Melt Trio really does catch the human primeval desire for harmony and perfection. These pieces uncoil unique psycho-acoustic landscapes like surrealistic labyrinths, in which one longs to get lost in, out of which one wishes to never find the way out again. Once more the listener can easily put himself into the almost hypnotic amazement that may have overcome the three musicians during the creation of this music.
the Melt Trio is and will be a guitar trio that does without any comparison. Melt is neither Nirvana on jazz nor Bill Frisell Trio in rock and also not Massacre in ambient. Melt is Melt; unique, individual, absorbing and touching, spreading its wings like an albatross, so closely calling from a far distance.
Wolf Kampmann about “Melt”:
How often does it happen that music sounds so new, as if we´d never heard anything comparable to it? That it unnervingly stimulates us, leaving more questions behind than answers? In the past two decades, the world of jazz and rock has presented us with innumerable guitar trios from Nirvana to the latest Bill Frisell Trio. Yet Meyer-Baumgärtner-Meyer´s first joint album „Melt“ does not begin where other guitar trios leave off, instead they start from scratch, as if this was the very first guitar-bass-drums band. M-B-M are not the latest thing or the next trend, they are creating their very own urban worlds of sound. And any namedropping here would lead to nowhere.
So what makes this trio so special?What do M-B-M have that other guitar trios don´t have? What makes them beyond all comparison? Over the years of playing together the Meyer brothers have acquired a symbiotic density of expression, making it almost impossible to separate the compositional and improvisational aggregate stats, or even to hear the individual sources of sound. It´s almost impossible for Baumgärtner to simply keep up. He doesn´t pretend to be the third brother, but sets different accents, letting himself speed up or fall behind the music, finding interferences and overlapping, drawing closer to the the duo within the trio and then distancing himself again from them. In each of the songs, the angles and sides of their joint triangle are incessantly being adjusted. “Only the smallest portion of these worlds of sounds come from jazz”, explains Moritz Baumgärtner. “We apply indie rock and electronic music that has a distinct consciousness of the world of sounds to improvisation.”
“Melt” is not suitable as backround music. This music needs to be listened to intensely and as often as possible. The depth effect is amazing. Innumerable details reveal themselves in microstructures, perhaps after the tenth round of listening. As a result, the CD grows on you continuously. The band´s threefold astonishment at their own sound creation carries over effortlessly to the listener. The three musicians keep the context open on purpose, so that each question evokes a new question, but the answer remains elusive.
“Melt” is one of the few musical adventures that begin exactly now at this moment and moves consistently in only one direction: towards the future.