Woody Black 4 are following a rather unusual musical path. The instrumentation, with four clarinets, is already out of the ordinary. The varied language of jazz serves as their foundation, but they combine that with distant musical lands, from New Music to Pop. But no matter the mix, the sound of this quartet always remains warm, mellow and pure. That doesn't mean it's always smooth, though. Woody Black 4 is best described as a collection of clarinet virtuosos that enjoy the experimental, flirt with the avant-garde, and sometimes wander into the dissonant.
Austrian Music Export
clarinet, bassclarinet, composition
"On “Curiosity” they set off a musical firework that is colourful, spectacular, and completely new. The incredibly layered and unbelievably varied sound combined with a high level of musical finesse makes all of the difference here."
Michael Ternai - Austrian Music Export
"A spine-tingling chamber-jazz-album for heart, head and feet."
Klaus Nuechtern - Falter
"It’s as delightful as watching shadows and sunlight dance upon a wood floor."
Dave Sumner - Bird is the Worm
"I enjoyed listening to their music... the sound is refreshing, the music creative, the playing terrific and fun to listen to."
"The second album “Couriosity” captivates (...) with compositional sophistication and dazzling virtuosity."
Andreas Felber - Buehne
"the music as well as the sound makes it one of the jazz highlights in 2017.“
"Fantastic group, really fresh and special!"
Mike Stern - explanatory statement 2nd Prize at "Made in New York Jazz Competition"
Porgy and Bess
MDW, ipop-Birthday celebration
KICK JAZZ, Porgy and Bess
Saalfelden Jazz Festival
Aarhus Jazz Festival
Suedtirol Jazz Festival
CD Release at WUK
The music Village
Kulturhaus Karl Schoenherr
Porgy and Bess
Maastricht Jazz Festival
European Jazz Contest Finals