PHILIPP VAN ENDERT SOLO

The latest solo program of guitar player/composer Philipp van Endert provides further evidence of his sensitive grasp of dramatic tension. Open space and breathing are elements that come to mind when listening to his playing. Van Endert uncovers and gives new life to the secret force fields of long-discovered melody lines with virtuosic instinct. His music is like a bird’s flight of musical fantasy across the resources of our Jazz heritage. It is not an attempt to reinvent coolness, but rather to sharpen sensitivity for the special quality of lyrical creativity.

Foto: Philipp van Endert

PHILIPP VAN ENDERT TRIO

“Presence” is the title of guitar player/composer Philipp van Endert´s latest production. It accentuates the “here and now” as never before. Recorded during a tour in 2013, this production is the reflection of the beauty, intensity and intimacy of a band on tour. The band takes the listeners on a journey across sparkling sound streams and quietly flowing ballads and guides them with fascinating poetry and ease through these musical soundscapes.

After three highly appreciated CDs (including a nomination for the Deutscher Schallplatten-preis), “Presence” brings home the message of how PVE3 has been winning jazz fans´ hearts for the last ten years. The band has truly evolved into an important voice of the scene. With his fourth trio CD Philipp van Endert creates another milestone of his straightforward route to the Who´s who of German and European Jazz guitar players. He is a truly outstanding player with an infallible sense for the multi-facetted sound potential and scope of his instrument which includes not only a very own balladic and pointed string touch but also a characteristic way of playing up-tempo compositions. His songs continue to wallow in fine harmonic structures and delicate melody lines. Complex rhythmical unisono passages face cunning solos. With his compositions, his wayward affecting adaptations of standards and his outstanding guitar technique Philipp van Endert is moving right up in front of contemporary Jazz trends.

Bass player André Nendza and drummer Kurt Billker are his congenial and equal trio partners who have played with him since the beginning. They are not only van Endert´s well attuned foundation, they also weave outstanding solos into the compositions. “… this idea of greatness, this idea of maturity and reflection, without being crude or bland…” as the Jazzpodium accurately stated for his recent recordings.

Line up
Philipp van Endert – electric & acoustic guitars
André Nendza – acoustic bass
Kurt Billker – drums

Releases
2014: Presence | 5069JS | buy CD / Vinyl
2011: Rosebud | 5040JS | buy CD
2006: Khilebor | 5013JS | buy CD
2003: Philipp van Endert Trio | 5007JS | buy CD

Foto: Philipp van Endert Trio

PHILIPP VAN ENDERT TRIO & RICK MARGITZA

Following their critically acclaimed debut album “Trio” with Kenny Wheeler (2004, JazzSick Records) and “Khilebor” (2006 JazzSick Records) with Rick Margitza, Adrian Mears and Stephan Meinberg, the new CD by the Philipp van Endert Trio “Reguengo” (out in stores in fall 2010) demonstrates refreshing originality through compositional skill, fulminate technique, sophisticated chords and the high art of arrangement. All of this is presented on the new CD and live on an international top level with saxophonist Rick Margitza. Through his impressing playing in Miles Davis' Band the tenor player became a shooting star in the late 80s/early 90´s. A steady balance between tradition and innovation is skillfully maintained by the trio and leads to a unique “liaison” between the warm and modern tenor saxophone and the soft and full guitar trio sound.

Line up
Philipp van Endert – electric & acoustic guitars
Rick Margitza – saxophone
André Nendza – acoustic bass
Kurt Billker – drums

Foto: Philipp van Endert Trio & Rick Margitza

LAJOS DUDAS & PHILIPP VAN ENDERT

He always favoured smaller Band formats and this is why his latest CDs feature only the Duo-, Trio- and Quartet setting. Live concert recordings with traditional as well as free tonal Jazz elements. By any means of freedom all the music pieces still seem melodious, flowing, loose and yet elegant. There is silence as well as tension – a variation of virtuosic melodies and soft sounds, beautiful and timeless. This is an art statement of Lajos Dudas how he sees the modern jazz clarinet in our days – always putting emphasis on “Jazz”.

Line up
Lajos Dudas – clarinet
Philipp van Endert – guitar
and others

Releases
2013: Live at Porgy & Bess | 5062JS | buy CD
2011: 50 years with jazzclarinet | 5037JS | buy CD
2008: Jazz on stage | 5019JS | buy CD
2007: Artistry in duo | 5019JS | buy CD

Foto: Lajos Dudas & Philipp van Endert

MAGNOLIA

One of the most distinctive guitar-vocal-duos of the European jazz scene, Magnolia present their second album. Anne Hartkamp and Philipp van Endert – known for their communicative and playful virtuosity while nonchalantly suspending the traditional voice and guitar role allocations – play contemporary jazz, offering a high dose of improvisation, great intensity and unrestrained charisma, and producing a very unique statement.

Line up
Anne Hartkamp – vocals
Philipp van Endert – guitar, guitar synthesizer

Releases
2012: Wait a second | 5062JS | buy CD
2007: Humpty's amazing boogie pencil | 5015JS | buy CD

Foto: Magnolia

AXEL FISCHBACHER & PHILIPP VAN ENDERT

In 1999, during the recordings of our first album "Things in Common", our closeness as artists and the pleasure of a playful approach to music was the driving force of our common work. We then considered our duo as still being in its "experimental phase". Ten years after – our present recording "The time we spend" is a good example of what comes out if you accept the challenge of further experimentation.” Two guitars, two generations, two careers but still combined through one language and one goal: - Exciting music and the courage to break stylistic boundaries.

Jazz guitarists Axel Fischbacher and Philipp van Endert put their long year experience as bandleaders and sidemen into this duo/quartet project and created a musical platform that features standard jazz compositions arranged and played in their unique way. Supported by one of Europe’s best rhythm sections they are able to present a bright variety of modern guitar playing. Over the last decade they evolved to a working guitar duo bonded through continuing inspiration and respectful exchange of ideas.

„We are still in the stage of experimenting - and we hope this never ends !“

Line up
Axel Fischbacher – guitar
Philipp van Endert – guitar
André Nendza – bass
Kurt Billker – drums

Releases
2007: The time we spend | 5026JS | buy CD

Foto: Axel Fischbacher & Philipp van Endert

BRET'S FRETS

Professor Bret Willmott has organized and directed Bret´s Frets for over twenty years, and the ensemble continues to be a highly acclaimed live act and one of the most sought after performance groups at Berklee College of Music. Past members of Bret`s Frets include notable Berklee alumni Bill Frisell, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Mike Stern and Kurt Rosenwinkel. The present line-up has been touring Europe and USA for the last twelve years and features some of the hottest players of todays modern jazz scene. Fusing elements from Rock, Blues, Jazz, and Latin, the international guitar ensemble Bret`s Frets creates an exciting new sound that features unique guitar arrangements and beautiful original compositions.

Line up
Bret Willmott - guitar
Philipp van Endert - guitar
Christian Rover - guitar
Markus Segschneider - guitar
Thomas Wallisch - guitar
David Wiesner - bass
Johan Svensson - drums
Kurt Billker - drums

Releases
2002: Side steppin' | 5004JS
1997: European Rendevous

Foto: Bret's Frets

MATHIAS HAUS & PHILIPP VAN ENDERT

These two outstanding musicians have been captivating listeners with a unique musical dialogue. They are presenting Jazz with a richness of melody, masterly skill and playfulness. The intimate duo setting provides them with the freedom to instantly reflect on every impulse, giving spontaneity free reign. They are engaged in a conversation full of evocative sounds and music that is highly rewarding for the listeners as well as the artists.

Line up
Mathias Haus - vibraphone
Philipp van Endert - guitars

Releases
2010: Two above the open sea | 8004JSS | buy CD
2002: Hit the spot, Jack | buy CD
1996: Conversations

Foto: Mathias Haus & Philipp van Endert

PHILIPP VAN ENDERT GROUP

The guitarists/bandleaders compositions are interpreted by the Philipp van Endert Group members in a very intensive but also sensitive way, never loosing space and time to breath for the music. The band combines Modern/Contemporary Jazz and Fusion by shifting fluently from complex, artstic moments into lyrical, dynamic situations.

Line up
Philipp van Endert - guitars
Mathias Haus - vibraphone
Reiner Witzel - saxophone
Rainer Wind - bass
Kurt Billker - drums

Releases
2000: Urban Lyrical
1996: Philipp van Endert Group

Foto: Philipp van Endert Group