The third Web Web album "Worshippers" is the richest and perhaps best Web Web album so far. It testifies to maturity and is the logical continuation of the two preceding albums. In a way, it is a concept album in Web Web's journey through Afro- and Spiritual Jazz.
"Worshippers": The idolizers, the admirers. Web Web adores and bows to the greats of jazz and their spiritual music. Under the sign of the title, profound music was gradually created, with passion and vision.
Songs like "The Upper," "Paranormal Question," or the multi-part "Free A.M." were created, all of which show more complex structures as well as sophisticated forms and arrangements than the two previous albums "Oracle" and "Dance Of The Demons".
Along with the search for new sounds and soundscapes arose the desire for an extended sound body, which goes beyond WEB WEB's conventional repertoire:
Besides, there was a musician, with whom the complex arrangements and the tight, mantric rhythms could be accomplished: the violinist and violist Stefan Pintev. The native Bulgarian, who previously played with legends like Ray Charles or Astrud Gilberto, could give the music an additional depth and a mystical color with his dark timbre on his violin.
In pieces like "Mystic Flowers" or "Inner Revolution," his entire sound spectrum is brilliantly revealed, as is his narrative and multi-layered playing.
In the middle of the production process of this album, the idea to let the incredible voice of Joy Denalane (Freundeskreis, Common) flow into WEB WEB's music was born. Since Joy Denalane and Roberto Di Gioia were working on their solo album simultaneously, Joy became amazed by the new Web Web sounds and ended up contributing to this album.
On this album, Joy Denalane does not perform in the way we know from her song forms and structures. Instead she sings in a free, improvisational manner, uses her voice as an instrument, enters into a dialogue with Tony Lakato's wondrous improvisations (as in "What You Give"), or experiments with alienating (and alienated) vocal tirades in "Free A.M." (Part 1), asserting her sensational art of improvisation - similar to the early Dee Dee Bridgewater.
On the opening song "The Upper," she impresses with her dark and soulful voice and indicates the way for the whole album from her very first line on from the darkest, most profound depth up to the light: "I will rise like the sun".
Web Web are Roberto Di Gioia (piano, synth, percussion), Tony Lakatos (tenor and soprano saxophones, flute), Christian von Kaphengst (upright bass) and Peter Gall (drums).
Roberto Di Gioia has worked with numerous jazz legends, including Woody Shaw, Art Farmer, James Moody, Johnny Griffin, Charlie Rouse, Clifford Jordan, Clark Terry, Roy Ayers, Gregory Porter and many more. In the early 1990s, he became a member of Klaus Doldingers Passport. As a pianist he made recordings with Udo Lindenberg (MTV-Unplugged,2011), Charlie Watts ("Music Of The Rolling Stones," 2005), Console ("Reset The Preset," 2003), The Notwist ("Shrink" 1998, "Neon Golden," 2002). Since 2007 he's been working together with Samon Kawamura and Max Herre as KAHEDI: Max Herre ("Hallo Welt," 2012), Joy Denalane ("Gleisdreieck," 2017), and many more. His band MARSMOBIL has released four studio albums so far.
Tony Lakatos comes from the famous Lakatos family in Budapest, Hungary. His father was a renowned violinist, as was his younger brother Roby. He started playing the saxophone at age 15. Tony studied at the Bela Bartok Conservatory in Budapest, graduated in 1979, and has since played in over 350 jazz productions worldwide, including with Al Foster, Kirk Lightsey, Randy Brecker, George Mraz, David Witham, Terri Lyne Carrington, Anthony Jackson, and others. Tony was a member of Jasper Van't Hof's band PILI PILI. He has been a soloist in the HR Radio Big Band since 1993.
Christian von Kaphengst studied piano and upright bass as a child and teenager at the Peter Cornelius Conservatory in Mainz. From 1988 to 1995, he studied jazz upright bass and instrumental pedagogy at the "Musikhochschule" in Cologne. His jazz quartet "Cafe du Sport" toured Pakistan, India, Turkey, and West Africa on behalf of the Goethe-Institut. Since 1999 he has been a regular bassist with Patti Austin, Take6, and the New York Voices on international stages. Von Kaphengst has played with Dee Dee Bridgewater, Randy Brecker, Nat Adderley, Roy Hargrove, Joe Sample, Charlie Mariano, Gregory Porter, Till BrÃ¶nner, Xavier Naidoo, Roachford and others.
Peter Gall studied at the UdK Berlin as well as in New York City at the Manhattan School Of Music and distinguished himself in his still-young career as a drummer and composer in numerous bands. Born in 1983, Gall has already toured Africa, Europe, Asia, North and South America and was able to prove his versatility on stage with luminaries such as guitar icon Kurt Rosenwinkel, star bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff, German rapper Max Herre, the NDR Big Band, Take 6, Gabriel Rios, Jasmin Tabatabai, Nils Landgren and the New York Voices. 2018 saw the release of "Paradox Dreambox," his muchacclaimed debut album as a bandleader, highly praised by international media.