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Concert Reviews

Schelde Jazzfestival, 2 Juni 2012 in Porgy & Bess, Terneuzen
"An unusual ensemble is formed by trumpeter Bert Lochs, pianist Dirk Balthaus and tuba player Daniel Herskedal. They deliver subtle music you have to listen to. Lochs' tone is mostly soft, lyrical, and he incorporates crazy sounds in his playing. Funny were his explanations for his inspiration: the wind or a heroic blackbird, which he transformed into beautiful compositions. Herskedal comped, like a bassplayer, and coloured at the same time. And Balthaus, he tapped little percussive patterns on the Fender Rhodes or muted pianostrings, improvised clever outside the given chord progressions or launched out on the complete register of the grandpiano ..."
Mischa Beckers in Jazzenzo, June 2012

Int. Jazzfestival Enschede, 27 Mei 2012 in de Tor.
Sunday 23.45. The line up is very unusual, but the result is this unbelievable beautiful and adventurous music... This was not music you could talk to. History was written here, than you shut up.
Ton Ouwehand in Over uit, May 2012

Jazznight Lüneburg, 21 Mei 2011 in Kulturforum
“We want to enchant people with our music” claims Bert Lochs. The result is magnificently: Lots of personal and spontanious freedom, the sound mostly soft and balladesque. A creative band that stimulates the Jazzscene with its inspiring contribution.
Landeszeitung (D), May 2011

CD Reviews "Choices"

'Unusual the line up, unusual the result: What the dutch/german/norwegian trio Lochs Balthaus Herskedal on their album "Choices" are doing with trumpet/flugelhorn, piano and tuba sounds exciting - regardless if the musicians get lost in melancholy or dangerous outbreaks. But, dangerous? No, they don't harm anybody, they just want to play.'
Stern (D), May 2012

'... The sequel CD is even better. The tunes are, without any exceptions, beautiful, very melodic, different approaches and the interaction in this trio is on an exceptionally high level. We know Michael Moore from several bands as one of the most exciting modernists in Europe, but on this recording he tells us that he has a big palette to pick his colours from... This new meeting is an enjoyment from one end to the other. The choices which they made, were all correct ones.'
Ton Hammero in Jazznytt (NO), May 2012

'... This is the second cd of this eccentric trio, that gets support from Michael Moore on three tracks... Dedicated and honest music, not recoiling from authentic beauty, melodious hymns and wide explorations....musical conversations, that tell us about melancholy and desires as well as about vitality and lust for life. The music of this trio has undeniable an own identity. Beauty that doesn't burn it's face.'
Coen de Jonge in Jazzism (NL), May 2012

CD Reviews about the first CD from 2009

'I took notice of a huge and exceptional musical talent. Bold and headstrong, you have to dare to do it nowadays. As a trio you communicate with each other in a way that is continuously full of surprises. In an almost movielike abstract manner you show that you want much more than just to play a melody. My comparison touches upon the Nino Rota of the twenty first century.'
Frits Hooft, musical adviser Public Broadcast, the Netherlands Juli 2010

'...a masterpiece!'
Muziekwereld (NL) October 2009

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'...original and strong music based on melodies with power in it, with three sparkling soloists.'
Nettavisen (NO) 11. August 2009

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'...a lyrical-melodical experience...'
Dagbladet (NO) 15. Juli 2009

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'... The result is this beautiful, acoustic music, often "classical" in the sound, presented by three musicians that struck a chord despite country borders and generations...'
Dagsavisen (NO) 11. Juli 2009

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'...this trio undeniably has its very own characteristic style... and a tuba seldom sounded so tender and versatile as in Daniel Herskedal's hands. '
Volkskrant (NL) 9. Juli 2009

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'...astonishingly beautiful. Here we have three musicians who take up a challenge and are able to form a unity, each from their own expertise.... A record to cherish as a little gem. Sublime.'
Jazzflits (Benelux) June 2009

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'This trio manages to sound as one, without giving just one of its members the leading role. The individual qualities of each member are extensively magnified, and their quest for each other's skills makes this album extremely exciting...highly recommended'
Jazzenzo (Benelux) June 2009

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'...the trio delivers a complete musical product, with a personal way of expression, which is innovative, but clearly also has a connection with the whole jazz tradition.'
Romsdal Budstikke (NO) 9. Juni 2009

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Selected Quotes

'Lochs convinces on trumpet as well as on flugelhorn with a full sound, relaxed swing and coherent improvisations.'
Frank van Herk, Volkskrant

'... inspired storytelling. Balthaus fascinates with his lyrical style and enchants the senses... Jazz is not only music, but also a way of living...'
Jazzpodium

'Daniel Herskedal is considered to be one of Norway's leading talents as a tuba player. Daniel received the prize JazzTalent at Molde International Jazz Festival 2008, and he was awarded with the prize for best soloist at Getxo Int'l Competition 2004 in Bilbao, Spain.'

'Balthaus and Lochs share the same vision in their music, where melancholy and optimism constantly fight to win.'
Jazz Nu