Saturday, December 24, 2011

Armin Heitz Trio - Blue in Green (Acoustic Music Records 2011)

Armin Heitz, born ‘59, solo guitar, combines the genius of Django Reinhardt with the refinement of the American mainstream. Stylistic agility and polished technique are his trademarks.
He started to play the guitar at eleven and had his first public appearances at thirteen. Hard work and single-mindedness helped him become one of the greats of his genre. His virtuosity and his energy-charged, swinging choruses are among the highlights of every concert, in which he demonstrates his technical capabilities.
Models such as Django Reinhardt, Pat Martino, Joe Pass or George Benson, as well as interactions with many musicians, have colored his very individual style. Whether solo lines, octaves or chord soloes - the vitality of his interpretational and improvisational spirit is always evident.
Armin Heitz has many radio and television performances behind him, and has made a name for himself in numerous tours throughout Europe. He has won recognition both from the music press and from fellow musicians in Germany and abroad. He was certainly one of the highlights at the famous ROM-SOM Festival of 1996 in Budapest, he shone at the Django Reinhardt Festival in Samois-sur-Seine and in appearances in Madrid. And he is much in demand for concerts of famous jazz musicians - for example he has appeared on the stage beside Martin Taylor, Birelli Lagrene, Hänsche Weiss, Joe Sachse and Zipflo Reinhardt.