Thea Florea Quartett – SURREAL DAYS
released May 2019, L+R Records
On her album Surreal Days, drummer, composer and bandleader Thea Florea presents a mix of contemporary original jazz, brazilian, blues and fusion inspired compositions, by her and bandmate Bernd Stoll. The Quartett presents a modern sound rooted in the classic, formative influences of jazz tradition.
Duo HERE! Trio NOW! – Explorations and Meditations
released December 2018, Calygram Records
Duo Here – Trio Now, is a project by saxophonist Bernd Stoll, drummer Thea Florea and bassplayer Michael Höfler featuring original compositions of the bandmembers as well as duo improvisations with sax and drums.
Liner Notes to Duo HERE! – Trio NOW! Recording „Explorations and Meditations“ by Bernd Stoll: While recording her quartet album “Afternoon‘s Thrill“ in the summer of 2018, drummer Thea Florea and I noticed a special rapport going on in our playing. Ideas that I developed on the saxophone were simultaneously played by Thea on the drums, patterns started by one of us were finished by the other, things like that. It got so obvious that we recorded a couple of duets during the 2nd quartet session, just to see where that would go. These duets went so well that Thea used one of them on “Afternoon’s Thrill” and we decided to do a whole album with just drums and saxophone. As we developed the idea, it became obvious that some of the compositions we had written for the occasion needed a bass. So we asked Michael Höfler, a long standing colleague and friend whose playing I’ve always loved and who had already subbed at one of the Thea Florea Quartett’s gigs. The result is what you are holding in your hands now, an album of original duets and trios with a unique sound and feel to it, made possible by the the combination of our sounds and spirits. Enjoy!
November 2018, Bernd Stoll
Thea Florea Quartett – Afternoon´s Thrill
released August 2018, Calygram Records
Original contemporary Jazz, Swing and World Jazz Compositions, unconventionally and colourfully played by a Quartett of highly skilled instrumentalists.
Pitch the Fork – Like Tomorrow
released October 2010, Fame Music
Expected with excitement and now here: the new disc of the all-female jazz combo Pitch the Fork from the Rhine-Main area. And as on the first CD, the listener will not be disappointed – so skilfully arranged versions of standards like „Tuxedo Junction“ or „I’m Gonna Leave You“ alternate with jazzed pop songs like Sting’s „Shadows in Rain“, here sound amazingly fresh. But the six musicians (Megumi Roth (tr), Doris Hebauf sax), Konny Kopf (p), Maria Schmitt (b), Thea Florea (dr), April King (voc) are not just creative interpreters and solists, but the own compositions such as “ Set Me Free „by Konny Kopf, “ Blue Light in December “ by Doris Hebauf or the eponymous “ Like Tomorrow “ by Konny Kopf and April King. Pitch the Fork also underscores her wide musical spectrum with her interpretations of Maria Baptist’s „Smiling Again“ or Deirdre Cartwright’s „Spartia“.
Tender Leech – Few Stairs Down
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