Norbert Stein

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Norbert Stein - tenor saxophone
Philip Zoubek - piano
Joscha Oetz - double bass
Etienne Nillesen - prepared snare drum + cymbal

The virtuosity, the interactions and the improvisational art of the Pata Messengers unfold in thrilling Pata compositions. A powerful flow of expressive music.


Strong and satisfying

This music has definite structures and once their presence is met the quartet pretty much goes free form with Nillesen playing with and counter to the other members of the group. Stein's growl-ly tenor is very strong and gives a sense of great reserve of power and ideas. Similarly Zoubek's piano acts as a counter foil full of ideas. A strong and satisfying date

Robert D. Rusch, Papatamus, Cadence

Cover CD "Friends & Dragons"Thoughtful music

NORBERT STEIN, who has been recording under the banner of Pata Music (touch music?) since the late 1980s, has released FRIENDS & DRAGONS with a small group he calls Pata Messengers. The program of four Stein compositions gives a solid listen to the sound of Stein's grinding tenor work. The rhythm section, when not soloing, gives solid free-form electric backing. This is thoughtful music ...

Robert D. Rusch, Papatamus, Cadence

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In jazz, improvisation flouts the rigidity in conventions, it keeps music exciting. That is the one thing. However, Norbert Stein also finds the compositional aspect important, the prescribed sensitivity, empathy and the obstinacy with which he forms networks for his fellow band members, only to tear them apart again. The tenor saxophonist and band leader shines with a brilliant clarity which does not shy away from harshness, loves the abstract and yet draws from the melodic. Stein wants all or nothing and constantly questions the facets of his abilities. ... he skillfully balances along the fine line between free improvisation and extremely sophisticated formalities...."

Martin Woltersdorf, Koelner Stadt-Anzeiger

Norbert Stein's combinations cultivate urges from avant-garde exegesis and traditional musical language with the means of contemporary ideas.

Klaus Huebner, Jazzpodium

It is the free and tolerance spaces inherent in this music which take the edges and sharpness out of a lot of pieces which can sound shrill. It is Norbert Stein's art of composition which creates thematic frameworks in which his band can do a lot and quite vehemently let themselves go, without doing anything wrong.

Hans-Juergen Linke, Frankfurter Rundschau

An independent musical cosmos in which the strictly composed and freely improvised keep an approximate balance; the topics often seem based on intonations of speech and, with their narrative rhythm, fit ideally into the suite-like character of the compositions.

Piece titles such as "Nondual Action" or "This is You" raise the question as to the composer's take on spirituality. Says Stein: "If one understands spirituality as a conscious occupation with questions regarding the sense and value of existence, the world, humans and, in particular, one's own existence and one's own self-realization in life, then in this definition I see connections to Pata music. Music is one of the arts available to people to capture what is essential, elementary and moving. This is what makes it such an important aspect of human communication. It can transport contents and, in a more or less concealed manner, give a feeling of answers to the questions regarding the WHAT IS. That is what Pata music is about

Martin Schuster, Concerto

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