There are no obvious nods to role models or any epigonism in the work of the Philip Zoubek, who lives in Cologne but hails from the small, Egon-Schiele-famous town of Tulln an der Donau in Austria. He has made a name for himself as a soloist, especially with preparations of the grand piano. The subtle sound studies developed in this way are poured into Slowfox, a trio including Sebastian Gramss (bass) and Hayden Chisholm (saxophone). With clarinetist Benjamin Weidekamp and bassist Christian Weber he dedicates himself to Jimmy Giuffres' music in a trio without drums, with a synthesizer, saxophonist Philipp Gropper, bassist Petter Eldh and drummer Moritz Baumgärtner he delves into fields as far as rock. And so on.
Philip Zoubek is a carefully thorough player who integrates spontaneity, always more inclined toward free improvisation. His consistency is admirable. He founded his acoustic piano trio with double bass player David Helm and drummer Dominik Mahnig. The fun grew ever more during rehearsals as a common sound developed.
For years, Zoubek had put his noise exegeses at the centre of his music to distance himself from academic jazz. And now the traditional format afterall, where sound manipulations inside the grand piano give way to individualisation? "That's what happened during the work, but it doesn't have to stay that way. What will remain - hopefully soon also on big festival stages - is this dazzling trio-based mixture of intensity and control, of close interlocking and soloistic furorr, of the lyrical, rough surface and romanticism.


Philip Zoubek Trio »Outside«

Philip Zoubek Trio

2018 WhyPlayJazz (WPJ042)
CD + MP3 Album Download

Track listing

  1. Scanning  7:34
  2. Rhetorics  5:21
  3. Now Then  2:45
  4. Sketch  4:56
  5. Spaces in Between  5:26
  6. Der König  4:21
  7. Gambit  4:49
  8. The Clearing  4:35
  9. The Long Fade  6:02
  10. Distorted Chants  5:02


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Philip Zoubek Trio‘s newest album, Outside, is a magnificent album of modern, at times avant-garde jazz. Each composition is interesting in its own right and played to near perfection by the three talented musicians on record.

Can this even be called music

Zoubek hat das Rad auf musikalische Weise neu erfunden – auch dort ist in der Bewegung alles mal oben, unten, vorn oder hinten.

Stephan A. Dudek, Allgemeine Zeitung

Ein Kollektiv im besten Sinne des Wortes, alle 3 sind wunderbarere Musiker, mit kluger und zupackender Musik.
Das beste Klaviertrio seit langer Zeit !

Henry Karl, radiohoerer