Lost but not least: Rainer Trüby Trio - Galicia (Compost Records)
Don’t ever ask me why… Why this ‘Galicia’ thing makes me think of an unlikely meeting between Faze Action and Curtis Mayfield. With Mongo Santamaria standing among other possible references as a matter of fact…
From the very first notes of ‘Galicia’, you know… You just feel taken like into a cinematic whirlwind. From its sparkling keys over a rumblin’ bassline. To its infectious strings led percussive Latinesque Jazz/House flow. With the whole over a rumblin’ bassline.
Dubbed with ‘Donaueschingen’ (from the city where the Donau river has its source), ‘Galicia’ belongs to a category apart. In other words, the one where are to be found the most irresistible gems one might think of. Itself pretty much illustrative of what modern fusion is about as a matter of fact…
A huge music connoisseur dubbed with an elegant character, Rainer Trüby has a lot in common with Patrick Forge. But also with Gilles Peterson whom he eventually collaborated with on various compilation concepts.
Based in Freiburg-Im Bresgau, Rainer set up his background in his immediate surroundings. Thus grabbing his influences from the Black Forest Jazz scene and seminal label MPS. Meanwhile evolving in a blend of Soul, Jazz, African and Latin influences. Then eventually blending them with more progressive vibes such as Nu-Jazz and Broken Beat. Be it while spinning at the famous Root Down, as on his productions and remixes.
Teamin’ up with Fauna Flash and Voom Voom members Christian Pommer and Roland Appel appeared like a logical step. With the threesome acting under the Rainer Trüby Trio banner. Thus releasing their debut-single – Donaueschingen / Galicia’ – back in 1998 on Compost Records.
They followed the year after with ‘A-Go-Go / Carajillo’. Then they eventually shared the bill with Joseph Malik on ‘High Jazz’ in 2002. But also with Marcus Begg on ‘Universal Love’ that same year. Meanwhile ‘Elevator’, their only album to date, saw the light in 2003. As so did ‘Jaleo’ as a matter of fact. A cut which they recorded along with Spanish songstress Concha Buika.
The thressome droppin’ their last single to date – ‘Alegre 2004’ – along with Marcia Montez back in… 2004! This with additional remixes courtesy of Louie Vega.
On his side, Rainer Trüby delivered a bunch of singles. Beginning with ‘To Know You’ produced by Motor City Drum Ensemble back in 2009. But also ‘Livin’ In The Music’ along with Vanessa Freeman the year after. This in addition to ‘Welcome To Our World’ and more particularly its remix by the likes Hauke Freer and Matthias Reiling aka Session Victim. And, last but not least, the abyssal ‘Step Forward’ along with Corrado Bucci back in 2015. Itself standing as his last release to date….