X Marks The Spot
Thomas Heberer - trumpet, cornet, quarter tone trumpet
Terrence McManus - guitar
Michael Bates - double bass
Jeff Davis - drums
In addition to his ongoing work with the ICP Orchestra, Thomas Heberer maintains a busy performance and recording schedule with numerous New York City based ensembles.
This latest outing presents his quartet with 8 new originals, ranging from the hot-blooded “Mongezi” – an homage to cornetist Mongezi Feza, to the sublime “Living Brushes” – inspired by artist Yves Klein.
Unlike some of Heberer’s other recorded work, which focuses on improvising,
“X Marks the Spot” is an album of compositions.
Thomas’ tunes have a mesmerizing clarity here and are full of unpretentious melodic and rhythmical ideas, expertly interpreted by the band. While each tune is an entity in itself, the totality of the CD gives a feeling of unity; a joy to listen to.
Time Out New York called him "an innovator," the Penguin Guide to Jazz "outstandingly gifted," and pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach "our new trumpet genius."
Thomas Heberer, born 1965 in Schleswig, Germany, started playing trumpet at age 11. From 1984 to 1987, he studied under Manfred Schoof at the Cologne University of Music.
He has performed on 6 continents; was a lecturer at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts (1993-97); and can be heard on approximately 100 recordings. Honors include receiving the prestigious SWR-Jazzpreis in 1990, and being awarded the Down Beat Critics TDWR Poll as a member of the ICP Orchestra in 2002.
Since 2008 he calls New York City home.
All compositions by Thomas Heberer
Recorded August 2017 by Tom Tedesco at Tedesco Studios, Paramus, NJ
Mixed and mastered September 2018
by Yoni Kretzmer and Thomas Heberer, Brooklyn, NY
Artwork & cover design by Avital Burg
Executive production by OutNow Recordings