The fans of the German rock band Element of Crime know numerous surprising twists and turns. The band that has started the carreer in Berlin 36 years ago, released their first records in English. The group around Sven Regener quickly made a name for itself internationally in the independent scene. But when the peak seemed to have passed, the band decided to record their songs only in German. It would take decades before the band developed into one of the most successful in Germany.
But that’s not all; singer Sven Regener starts a second career as a novelist. That made him a bestselling author. As a result, the newly acquired audience was also interested in his band, and so everyone benefited from the remarkable success. Now at the height of their careers, three of the four band members started another job. They recorded a jazz album entitled Ask Me Now under the name Regener, Pappik & Busch. The album unites numerous classics of jazz in the musical line-up with trumpet, piano and drums.
From Coltrane To Parker
The jazz trio took its time to get this project off the ground. The three musicians rehearsed for about a year and a half and carefully selected the pieces suitable for the records. While the rough voice of their singer defines Element of Crime, the trio manages without vocals. The band released the songs under the title of Ask me now in March. It features legends such as Thelonious Monk, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and John Coltrane. Regener, who as a trumpeter repeatedly refined the pieces of his band with his solos, also shines here.
With a lot of joy in playing, the trio plunges into classics like Chasin’The Trane, Holy Land, or Nature Boy. You can feel the enthusiasm for unfamiliar music with every note. The three musicians accept to be rejected by jazz purists. In interviews, the band stated that they had a lot of fun with the recordings. They see no point in comparing themselves to other musicians. You should see their interpretations only as a supplement to the already existing pieces.
The originals already provided the musical approach. These are so wonderful that they have been left pure. Regener, Pappik & Busch’s system was supposed to be a kind of cool jazz. In any case, the three musicians managed to surprise. With his melodies on the trumpet, Regener is again at the centre of the action. He shows what he can do in an unpretentious manner. After all, Element of Crime doesn’t always allow him to include the trumpet in their sound. Ask me now combines a total of twelve pieces that every jazz fan will know. The spectrum ranges from lively New Orleans jazz to melancholy pieces. It is quite possible that, as soon as possible, you will be able to experience the trio live in small music clubs.