Otmar Binder Trio feat BJ Cole & Christian Dozzler
Debut album Boogie Woogie Turnaround
Out September 24th on Jump River Records
Boogie Woogie Turnaround fulfils one of contemporary pianist Otmar Binder's dreams, to "play with musicians who offer everything they have". Credited to the Otmar Binder Trio (Binder on piano, Alexander Lackner on bass, and Michael Strasser on drums) the album also features BJ Cole with his pedal steel, and multi instrumentalist Christian Dozzler, who provide their own unique feel to the tracks slicing in folky-bluesy, balladic, reflective, even downright citified airs.
The 17 track album, is made up of all new compositions written by Binder himself or with help of collaborations. This is genuine boogie woogie. The fact that the songs sound like they could have debuted early in the last century speaks for Binder's love of boogie and all those involved - you'd hardly guess the date by the crushed velvet, gin, bayou airs, and whiskey speakeasy atmospheres everywhere
Binder says the album "it takes me back to some of my first strong musical experiences. Hearing people like the german boogie-player Axel Zwingenberger (who nowadays tours with Ben Waters and Charlie Watts) in the early eighties."
The strength of the past plays a large part in Boogie Woogie Turnaround, not only drawing from a genre of by-gone days in a world intent on progress and the latest trends, but also in its creation. Binder says it all began when his father brought him home the debut album Shake That Boogie-Woogie by the Mojo Blues Band.
Boogie Woogie Turnaround is a self-produced album by Otmar Binder with the majority of the album (the trio, duos, strings, percussion and vocals) recorded in Vienna, Austria.