“Double Trouble Live” represents an impressive piece of work from Ehwald and features some strong melodic themes for this unusual trio to get their teeth into. Ehwald is a superb technician, a fluent and often inspired soloist and a consistently interesting composer. He’s a musician who will continue to become an increasingly important figure on the international jazz scene"
The Jazzman 08.01.2016
The whole group works excellently together as a dynamic, driving unit, and the nine tracks here are impressively cohesive.
John Watson, Jazz Camera – 24 October 2015
The stripped-down setting puts a lot of pressure on the sax, which dominates by necessity; the rhthm section, though, play with gymnastic grace and fluidity, clearly enjoying the absence of piano or guitar or even other horns.
Marcus O’Dair – Jazzwise December 2015
Two double basses build the underlying beat for the compositions of Berlin saxophonist Peter Ehwald. His clear compositional ideas come ever paired with unbridled playfulness and spontaneity. How the two bassists orbit his playing is spectacular…
“I want to act out something wild and create beautiful sounds at the same time; warm, contrapuntal, free indeed and liberated, yet still thoroughly composed,” says Ehwald about his search for what is supposed to contrast with the mainstream. He often takes it from constellations, going with a basic idea and nurturing it. One can also witness this in his long-lasting quartet, Paragon, featuring UK drummer Jon Scott, and pianist Arthur Lea.
With Robert Landfermann and Jonas Burgwinkel (both to be heard and admired recently with Pablo Held on ‘The Trio Meets John Scofield’), as well as the wild Berlin-based Dane, Andreas Lang, he created such a group.
After the first studio album in 2013, Double Trouble have tested the frontiers of their music in many concerts. Consequently the second release documents Double Trouble Live. Andreas Lang contributes earthiness, Robert Landfermann produces improvisational techniques from far beyond the jazz idiom: they are two poles ideally complementing each other, enriching the enormous live impact of Double Trouble. Jonas Burgwinkel’s drumming is imaginative, unpredictable and energetic. These three musical partners and kindred spirits provide the ideal context for Peter Ehwald’s diversified, emotional and virtuosic play on the saxophone. In his own words: ‘I was looking for a combination of instruments and players with whom I can explore an ever-changing mixture of song-like structures, chamber music and free formal improvisation.’