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Deutscher winners

Winners of the Deutscher (the new German jazz prize) were announced last night Vocals Lucia Cadotsch Woodwind Daniel Erdmann Brass Markus Stockhausen Piano/keyboards Aki Takase Guitar Ronny Graupe Bass Eva Kruse Drums Christian Lillinger Special …

Published: 4 Jun 2021. Updated: 20 days.

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Winners of the Deutscher (the new German jazz prize) were announced last night

Vocals Lucia Cadotsch

Woodwind Daniel Erdmann

Brass Markus Stockhausen

Piano/keyboards Aki Takase

Guitar Ronny Graupe

Bass Eva Kruse

Drums Christian Lillinger

Special instruments Christopher Dell

Artist of the year Christian Lillinger

Band of the year Philipp Gropper’s Philm

Large ensemble of the year Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra

Wind instruments international Jaimie Branch

Piano/keyboards international Tigran Hamasyan

String instruments international Wolfgang Muthspiel

Drums/percussion international Brian Blade

Artist of the year international Tigran Hamasyan

Band of the year international Shake Stew

Instrumental album of the year Julia Hülsmann Quartet for Not Far From Here

Vocals album of the year Masaa Irade

Broadcast production of the year Bill Laurance & WDR Big Band Cologne Live at the Philharmonie Cologne

Album of the year international Carla Bley Life Goes On

Vocals album of the year international Kandace Springs The Women Who Raised Me

Debut album of the year Joel Ross KingMaker

Club of the year Loft, Cologne

Festival of the year Leipziger Jazztage

Composition of the year Florian Ross 'Streamwalk'

Arrangement of the year Fabia Mantwill 'Ophelia'

Journalistic achievement Günther Huesmann: Bird Lives

Special prize of the jury Unterfahrt, Munich

Lifetime achievement Karsten Jahnke

Watch the presentation. Band of the year Philipp Gropper’s Philm, top

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David Mrakpor on seriously impressive form at the Post Bar

You know instinctively that you have got lucky hearing the band at the soundcheck playing Herbie Hancock's 'Chameleon' so seemingly effortlessly. Then you double-up when a keyboardist as fine as the multi-instrumentalist David Mrakpor of Blue Lab …

Published: 4 Jun 2021. Updated: 18 days.

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You know instinctively that you have got lucky hearing the band at the soundcheck playing Herbie Hancock's 'Chameleon' so seemingly effortlessly. Then you double-up when a keyboardist as fine as the multi-instrumentalist David Mrakpor of Blue Lab Beats goes into Herbie's 'Butterfly,' a piece that Robert Glasper has added his own spin on.

In the Glasper mould Mrakpor is pretty jaw-dropping I must admit hearing him live for the first time during the first set last night at the Post Bar, Tottenham. When the Triple Jam house band led by very tasteful trombonist-vocalist James Lawrence played 'Butterfly' it definitely took me back to 2008 and hearing Robert Glasper at Charlie Wright's in Hoxton because Mrakpor is in that sound swirl and has a lot of playing personality. Drummer Joe Allotta was an effervescent presence and soon his way with the offbeats got the head bobbing. The band's bass guitarist was, carefully and steadily, Edoardo Bombace.

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With the ''jazztronica'' Blue Lab Beats on 'Blow You Away (Delilah)' Mrakpor also plays guitar (it's quite a riff) and chatting very briefly before going on last night after the soundcheck he mentioned on the guitar side that he likes George Benson. Check out Blue Lab Beats and he's on the compilation Blue Note Re:Imagined playing keys and vibes on 'Montara'. Inspiring stuff on this showing catching this significant talent live. SG

Guitarist Chris Booth top left and keyboardist David Mrakpor at the Post Bar