Norbert Stein

Photo of the ensemble Pata;Horns & Drums
Norbert Stein - tenor saxophone
Michael Heupel - flutes
Ryan Carniaux - trumpet
Joscha Oetz - double bass
Christoph Haberer - drums, wavedrum

The new CD:

“With PATA GENERATORS Norbert Stein manages to combine the trends in contemporary music with the classic beauty of musical traditions to create a colorful and rich picture of modernity … In the new Pata compositions, space is created for the art of improvisation, in which the virtuosity of the musicians can unfold … The musicians draw upon many years of experience in European music, a variety of concert tours throughout all of the continents of the world, and intensive encounters with foreign musical cultures.”

"Silent Sitting Bulls" (Pata 20)

Silent Sitting Bulls - Nondual Action - Paradise Lost - This is You - Quantum Mechanics - Schleuderhonig (Strained Honey) - Miao & Chiao - Hapana Lakini

CD cover

Press reviews:

A fascinating endeavor

With his various Pata-based ensembles, Stein's music intimates comprehensive manipulations of jazz and world music. Organic, yet equipped with brute force tactics, the saxophonist's compositions boats a native stylistic component …

The respective band members play a vital role in the rhythmic factor and they incorporate a curiously interesting poise that involves world beat pulses intertwined with linear and cyclical unison phrasings. Stein also affords the musicians plenty of room to expand and refresh a given theme. They skirt the free-zone as well, while often venturing into kaleidoscopic patterns, yet the differentiator with Stein's music lies within his broad scope of odd-metered developments and reengineering processes …

Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz

Fresh and invigorated

… it's clear that the time they've spent together has not been wasted. The outcome is an exceptional level of musical coherence, and it's not stretching a point to put their music alongside that of some of Arthur Blythe's ensembles …

Nic Jones, All about Jazz

Much to offer

… With the emphasis on percussion and euphonium pedal point, at times the performances resemble those of American alto saxophonist Henry Threadgill, who has experimented with similarly constituted ensembles.
… Throughout Stein exposes varied textures and moods with echoes of Andalusian music, bouncy dance-styled texts and the faint leavening of Arabic scales …

Ken Waxman, Jazz Word

Reminiscences of cosmopolitan rhythms and dances

The new quartet reveals an unusual, very lovely range of sounds ... it stimulates the imagination in such a honey sweet and melodic way that one can only sigh, thinking back to some lost paradise...

Rigobert Dittmann, Bad Alchemy

A journey across borders, filled with surprises

The pieces span the spectrum between street fairs and street parades full of gags to a club of experienced listeners who enjoy music.

Werner Stiefele, stereoplay

A multifaceted and above all entertaining melange of avant garde and tradition

Whether pan-tonal or in classic harmony, archaic or artistic, the music is always bursting with sensuality and full of enigmatic humor.

Klaus Muempfer,

Essential, elemental and moving

Stylistically somewhere between jazz, world music and new music, the four protagonists in PATA, HORNS & DRUMS interweave their voices in sophisticated riffs, short group improvisations and melodies with a touch of something archaic. "Silent Sitting Bulls" is full of surprising twists...

Martin Schuster, Concerto

An individual statement of immense power

The wind players, tonally quite far apart from one another, explore a fascinating mixture... which is added to by the sharp compositions of the band leader that—between circus-like fanfares, African playfulness and nods towards world music and jazz traditions—allow wide leeway for the other musicians to freely contribute.

Rolf Thomas, Jazzthing

New and exciting

The four musicians... step with a tremendous sense of ease and identity into the opportunities that dealing with musical traditions and languages with a free hand has to offer today.



The signs point to wind music, and indeed there is something clearly reminiscent of circus, fair and brass band music. The sound of the flute, tenor saxophone and euphonium is so heterogeneous in this Pata quartet, the individual voices so independent, that chamber music hits the mark more closely for the wind players.

Berthold Klostermann, Fono Forum

Shining lights and mavericks

Fostering traditions in the consciousness of the modern era, the intersection of tenuous dissonance in improvisational exchange, here and there a hefty incorporation of Duke Ellington and Charles Ives.

Martin Wolterdorf, Koelner Stadtanzeiger

The inspiration of the exotic and its ramifications

Saxophone player Norbert Stein is a cultural interloper between peoples, their music and attitudes towards life. His new quartet is once again tapping improvisation possibilities...

Wolfgang M. Seemann, Passauer Neue Presse

A concert journey in the earth's countries begins

In their new CD, Norbert Stein and his quartet Pata, Horns & Drums draw new borders in music. All the while music tradition transforms into a colorful picture of the modern era...

Joachim Holzt-Edelhagen, Die digitale Jazz-Zeitung

Enough is always possible in this music

Warmth is a quality of sound, not the notes that are played, and the album "Silent Sitting Bulls" by Norbert Steins quartet Pata Horns & Drums allows the source of that warmth to be identified easily; it's the four musicians themselves, the intensity and particular color of their intonation and articulation.

Hans-Juergen Linke, Frankfurter Rundschau

Imaginary music? Yes please!

The power of imagination in Stein's music is also apparent in his approach towards a contemporary musical language... If this could be the cradle for an imaginary music to develop, the quintessence can only be: Yes, more please.

Klaus Huebner, Jazzthetik

Healing jazz that knows no boundaries

The stories are told with a breezy and fleet-footed air. Sentimental, sometimes sappy melodies are taken and stripped down to their bittersweet bones. The three wind players and the drummer work together to open new realms. It's healing jazz that knows no boundaries. It envelops listeners without smothering them.

Reiner Kobe, Jazz´n´More

A compelling cosmos

It is, once again, a compelling cosmos, a journey that offers constant amazement... An extreme challenge for the ears and senses and a coquettish swing in the picturesquely beautiful hammock of musical tradition in one. Genuine Stein!

Michael Scheiner, Jazzzeitung

Exciting music whose direct impact never fades away

In the transparent polyphonic quartet roster of tenor sax, flute, euphonium and drums, Norbert Stein, Michael Heupel, Nicolao Valiensi and Christoph Haberer develop a creative interplay of intuition and rhythmical fervor that shifts between awakening amusement and amazement, and even contemplativeness, in its listeners.

Wolfgang M. Seemann, Passauer Neue Presse

With great humour and detail

Norbert Stein´s "Silent Sitting Bulls" is extraordinarily fun. The tenor saxophonist and Michael Heupel (Flute), Nicolao Valiensi (euphonium) and Christoph Haberer (drums) explore the frontier of micro-tonal composition and improvisation with great humour and detail, all the while the musicians boisterously transcend borders.

Sven Thielmann, hifi & records

A well-tuned team, the four Patas

The music is in perpetual motion, always leading on into singable melodies, also constantly deferring to the individual musicians to unleash themselves, develop their own ideas that are full of creativity, virtuosity and often great emotion... A brilliant segue between popular melodies, swinging sharply like interrupted rhythms, elements of contemporary music and jazz. A very special way to help listeners of current music on their way.

Hans-Juergen von Osterhausen, Jazzpodium

Finely crafted

A fun line-up to perform a complex, bouncy, inviting and mischievious repertoire … Another finely crafted (and recorded) project from Mr. Stein …

François Couture, Delíre Musical

Intriguing & inviting sonorities

All original compositions by Stein … which hold interest & segues into sections of free improv & back again …

ttintle, WRUV Reviews

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"Unabridged reviews in German language

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