On March 26, Philippe Lemm Trio released its latest studio album, titled First Steps. According to online music magazine Outside in Music, “First Steps demonstrates the trio’s unique, dynamic voice developed after ten years of stellar creative output and consistent touring from the vivacious group. A bittersweet moment for the bandleader, this release celebrates the life and musicianship of longtime friend and collaborator, pianist Angelo Di Loreto who passed away in October of last year. Alongside Lemm’s drums and percussion and Jeff Koch on bass, Di Loreto’s musical voice is woven intrinsically throughout the album’s tracks.
So far the reviews have been great and listeners agree! The album just hit a major milestone by surpassing more than 100,000 streams on Spotify. To purchase or preview the album check this link.
Led at the helm by drummer Philippe Lemm, the group met in New York in 2011, and after one session together, realized that their undeniable chemistry was one that needed to be taken and shared with the world. This impassioned playing sustained the group through ten years of performance, during which time the trio debuted at such esteemed institutions as Bimhuis (Amsterdam), North Sea Jazz Festival and the Blue Note (NYC).
First Steps conveys a celebration of the music Di Loreto wrote as well as songs that were born from experiences that the late pianist shared with the bandleader. The album is one of the last documents of Di Loreto’s musical output and it encapsulates the beautiful person that Di Loreto was, the joy he brought to so many, and the very intense and full life that he led.
After a handful of tour dates and many streamed performances and workshops by Lemm, the Trio is returning to the live stage in New York on June 24th and July 14th in The Amph of the newly opened outdoor park Little Island.
“Music is my first step to connect to you, the listener, the observer, the dance partner. Perhaps in person, maybe from afar, but always in spirit.” – Philippe Lemm
JUN 24 Little Island @ 12:00pm
New York, NY, United States
JUL 14 Little Island @ 12:00pm
New York, NY, United States
Philippe Lemm – Drums
Angelo Di Loreto – Piano
Jeff Koch – Bass
Simon Moullier – Vibes (The Kiln + Kalief)
Keita Ogawa – Percussion (August)
“Winner of the International B-Jazz Competition and Winner of Best Solist Prize. The Philippe Lemm Trio is continually proving to be one of the most exciting and electrifying jazz trio’s around today. Led at the helm by drummer Philippe Lemm, the group met in New York in 2011, and after one session together, realized that their undeniable chemistry was one that needed to be taken and shared with the world.
Comprised of three musicians with exceptional command of their instruments, the group’s repertoire draws heavily from re-imaginations of jazz standards in a way that both defies genre and corresponds to any modern jazz fan. The group uses their trust and understanding of one another’s musical tendencies to create passionate musical soundscapes, which range from traditional jazz to the progressive rock/classical-influenced music.
Hearing the trio is a special and unforgettable experience, and you will be captivated after listening to one piece.”
Their TV appearance on the TV-show Vrije Geluiden led to sold out concerts throughout The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany on the first half of their European CD release tour. The trio has performed on stages like: North Sea Jazz Festival, Blue Note Note NYC, Kennedy Center, Ronnie Scotts, Pori Jazz Festival and Concertgebouw.