Michel Pilz - bassclarinet
Reiner Winterschladen - trumpet
Frank Paul Schubert - alto & soprano saxophone
Christian Ramond - double bass
Klaus Kugel - drums

The cd YAMABIKO QUINTET received five stars in FONO FORUM magazine in February 2023 and was listed under "Recommended New Releases" in THE NEW YORK CITY JAZZ RECORD in September 2023.
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A top-class line-up has gathered in the newly founded YAMABIKO QUINTET.
The five musicians demonstrate their high virtuosity and musicality with dense, intense and tension-filled improvisations and compositions.
Michel Pilz, Reiner Winterschladen and Frank Paul Schubert are three great wind players, all actionists of a clear line that combines Coltrane's ideal of sublime tonality with the rigor of new music. The interactions among them work perfectly.
Christian Ramond plays his bass with chamber-musical clarity, and Klaus Kugel is as light-handedly sensitive a percussionist as one could wish for in such a soloist ensemble.
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MICHEL PILZ is one of the very few to make his mark in jazz solely on the bass clarinet. He is a master of the instrument who knows how to maintain the elegance of the instrument while using it as a lead role. Not since Dolphy’s solo “God Bless The Child”, has the bass clarinet been used with such emotional expressiveness. (Andrey Henkin, Signal to Noise, 2004)

REINER WINTERSCHLADEN unfolds his extremely changeable trumpet sound in all possible directions: breathy, percussive, noisy, warm or in glaring rays. He is a world-class trumpeter, with breathtaking virtuosity. There are seldom trumpeters who combine relaxation and discipline in such a way while playing, and at the same time unfold such virtuosity and joy of playing, which also goes deep. The master of all-around performance, Reiner Winterschladen, is such a trumpeter." (NWZ)

"FRANK PAUL SCHUBERT's more recent re-definition of the soprano saxophone, together with his alto, essentially contributes to the group compositions through the control of its potential free-jazz excesses, and, rather, the development of its microtonal and multi-phonic capabilities - retaining the Schubert sound and identity in the process. There are few saxophonists with Schubert's range, flexibility and no others with his touch and it's high time we heard a great deal more of him." - Simon Rose, author of the book "The Lived Experience of Improvisation: In Music, Learning and Life"

"… CHRISTIAN RAMOND and KLAUS KUGEL ... is an excellent rhythm section, that quietly turns in an exhilarating performance. Everything is terrifically balanced, from the song structures to the interaction. Collective motion is electric: a charging, spasmodic swing rises up from all sides. They are, simply, an irresistible rhythm duo, by turns direct, elusive, and awash in color." - Greg Buium, Coda Magazine

The YAMABIKO QUINTET is available on demand all over the year!
Booking: phone: +49 173 25 450 25, email:

Supported by Initiative Musik gGmbH with project funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media on the basis of a resolution passed by German Bundestag.

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