Andreas Dombert plays Scharpach

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“Andreas Dombert plays the jazz guitar of the future” (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

In recent years Andreas Dombert has toured alongside stars like Larry Coryell, Philip Catherine, Ulf Wakenius and Airto Mereira. He performed at first-rate international festivals with his formation “Night of Jazz Guitars” and, as leader of his band “Dombert’s Urban Jazz”, he has been experimenting with electronic influences and developed his very own sound. At this point, in his mid 30ies, the guitarist has produced his first record as a trio, which resembles the essence of his achievements so far.

The name of the album is simply “35” and was released by Yellowbird/ENJA in May 2016. “For a long time I hesitated doing a record as a trio, because that is when you reveal your innermost feelings”, Andreas Dombert says. “But now is the right time for that.” In the summer of 2015 he went to the studio with New York based drummer Jochen Rückert and Munich bass player Henning Sieverts which felt like a dream come true. The result is a warm and melancholic album that reflects Dombert’s unfailing sense for powerful melodies and wide sound architecture.

The other big project in 2016, aside from Andreas Dombert’s trio debut, is the release of a second “Night of Jazz Guitars” record. Dombert and his congenial partner Paulo Morello were able to invite Pat Martino, Michael Sagmeister and Jim Mullen as guest musicians. Additionally, they are touring with London fingerstyle virtuoso Martin Taylor and Swedish guitar star Ulf Wakenius in autumn.

Andreas Dombert began his musical training with classic piano. Later he studied jazz guitar at the “Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg-Augsburg” with Helmut Kagerer and Paulo Morello. From 2002 to 2004 he was a member of the “Bundesjugendjazzorchester” conducted  by Peter Herbolzheimer. A study visit in New York completed his training. Playing the guitar in the studio and live for various pop acts, he looks back on more than 500 concerts, chart successes and dozens of TV appearances. He was a member of the jazz-metal-combo “Panzerballett” and played guitar on the album “Starke Stücke”, released by ACT.

With his project “Dombert’s Urban Jazz” he explores the boundaries of the genre combining analogue instruments, electronics and visuals. The debut of the group was published in 2010 in the series “Jazz Thing – Next Generation”. 2013 the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” praised their following album “16/8” as “one of the most exciting jazz albums of the year”. One year later, the Süddeutsche Zeitung described another Dombert project in the same way: the album “DUO” with piano player Chris Gall. On this intimate record the very unusual piano-guitar line-up presents an exciting mix of jazz and minimal music.