Gordon Pym

by Transit Room

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Edgar Allen Poe only wrote one single novel, and this music might appear to many to be as puzzling as it and its main character "Arthur Gordon Pym" – however, only to those people who wear acoustic blinders and whose most important pieces of furniture are pigeonholes. The founder of Transit Room, the Swiss bassist Andreas Waelti, is also the bassist in the band, which has creating excitement in the best sense of the word for about one year: the "Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra" – its "head" there, Daniel Glatzel, also provides his service to the sextet here. His varied, expressive playing is heard to especially good advantage in the small group, and his partner on alto saxophone, the Frenchman Pierre Borel, is just as good. Above all, the Norwegian Karl Ivar Refseth – also a member of "Andromeda" – contributes important sonic ingredients with his pending vibraphone sound as well as the guitarist Samuel Halscheidt, who knows precisely how you create ambience with sounds. Connoisseurs of the "Next Generation" series know Tobias Backhaus as drummer in Andi Kissenbeck's Club Boogaloo, and he demonstrates his enormous range of talent in creating rhythmic artworks here.

They all have the fact in common that they can create special worlds of sound in "Transit Room", which initially rattle our listening habits, but to which we can no longer (and no longer want to) return to afterward. Or as Tom Gsteiger wrote (in the Swiss "Bund"): "That which makes Transit Room into a band whose lively music you can hardly hear enough of, is not primarily the solo flights of fancy, but instead the heightening of individual skills thanks to the variety of compositional and conceptual guidelines." Berlin has become a melting pot of European top musicians in the meantime for the complete scene, and the force of innovation is cooking on a high flame there. Transit Room presents the icing on the cake.

Pierre Borel - alto sax
Daniel Glatzel - tenor sax
Karl Ivar Refseth - vibes
Samuel Halscheidt - guitar
Andreas Waelti - bass
Tobias Backhaus - drums


released April 2, 2010

Recorded on 11th and 12th of February 2009 at «Studio P4» Berlin by Jean-Boris Szymczak and Andreas Stoffels; Mixed and Mastered in March 2009 at «Candy Bomber Studio» Berlin by Martin Ruch from «Weltschall»; Liner Notes by Tom Gsteiger; Artwork by George Barber; Fotos by Pablo Wünsch Blanco; Produced by Andreas Waelti; Executive production by Volker Dueck - Double Moon Records & Jazz thing


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Transit Room Berlin, Germany

Andreas Waelti`s Berlin based Band «Transit Room» beats out a path from the erotic nonsense of Strayhorn ballads to the action-abstraction of Eric Dolphy's «Out to Lunch». It makes certain that the music does not sound like an echo of distant times, but instead like a modern-day, urgent scream from the clarity of classicism to the wild deconstructivism of the post-modern. ... more

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