German soulful jazz outfit Matti Klein Soul Trio have announced their first UK tour:
31.01.24 LONDON Bulls Head, Barnes
01.02.24 EDINBURGH Voodoo Rooms
02.02.24 NOTTINGHAM Peggy’s Skylight
03.02.24 NORTHAMPTON The Garibaldi
04.02.24 BATH Komedia
Berlin-born pianist and composer Matti Klein is an exiting performer on Fender Rhodes and Wurlitzer electric piano, and he has performed more than 1000 international concerts in legendary venues such as Ronnie Scott’s (London), Blue Note (Tokyo), Highline Ballroom (New York) and New Morning (Paris), as well as at some major festivals.
Klein can be heard alongside the bass clarinet, tenor saxophone plus effects of Lars Zander and the tight grooves of ex-Mo’ Blow drummer André Seidel in the Matti Klein Soul Trio, which was formed after the dissolution of Mo’ Blow in 2017.
They have released two well-received soul/jazz albums to date: “Soul Trio” (2020) and “Soul Trio Live On Tape” (2021). Both have been compared to classic gems released on the Impulse label in the ’60s.
After completing music studies in his home city, Matti led the successful funky jazz quartet Mo’ Blow for a decade, issuing three albums on the ACT label, while also acting as musical director and/or arranger for domestic superstars such as Herbert Grönemeyer and Sarah Connor, international pop artists like Jimmy Somerville, plus latter-day jazz greats Ed Motta, Torsten Goods and Nils Landgren.
“I live out my love of instrumental groove jazz in this trio, which is an exciting format for my compositions with the Wurlitzer as the main instrument. Instead of a traditional line-up with bass, the three of us can play pretty fat grooves. The soul in the band name is also very important to me, as it emphasises that this is an absolute affair of the heart.”