Kalle Kalima´s Long Winding Road
Kalle Kalima – Guitar
Greg Cohen/Andreas Lang - Bass
Max Andrzejewski - Drums
These musicians met in Berlin. Kalima came from Finland, Cohen from the USA and Andrzejewski from Germany, but aware of his Polish roots.. The collaboration began with country and surf while a filmteam documented the trio playing in a Berlin tattoo parlor. In the last two years they have played often in Berlin taking a closer look at their musical roots. Cohen heard Marty Robbins´ country songs as a child and Kalima has grown up with music of Frankie Laine and Sibelius. As they played a march of Sibelius they were astouned how well it fit together with the American country tunes in their concert program. The arrangemants of the tunes are playful, relaxed and imaginative. Their first album „High Noon“ was released 29.1.2016 by ACT Music and has got terrific resonance in the international jazz press.
Kalle Kalima is in Berlin since 1998. He has played with Jason Moran, Anthony Braxton, Tomasz Stanko, Ensemble Resonanz, Jimi Tenor, NDR Big Band, Jazzanova, Tony Allen and Frank Gratkowski. His Trio Klima Kalima won 2008 The New German Jazzprize and the Group K-18 Jazz-Emma („Grammy“ prize in Finland). He is nominated for Jazz-Echo 2016.
Greg Cohen came to Berlin for the professorship at the Jazz Institut Berlin five years ago. He is well known through his work as a bass player and producer with John Zorn, Ornette Coleman, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Woody Allen and many others.
Since April 2016 Cohen has had to pull back from the live activities of the group. The Danish bass player Andreas Lang is playing mostly the live concerts of the group. In 2007 he settled in Berlin and has worked with Rudi Mahall, Bill McHenry, Han Bennink, Ack van Royen, Tony Allen, Don Friedman, Gunter Hampel, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Bill Steward and many others.
Max Andrzejewski is one of the best drummers of his generation. His band HÜTTE won 2013 The New German Jazzprize as well as winning the prize for the Best Soloist.