Jost Nickel, who is to appear on the main stage at The UK Drum Show 2022 at its new home the ACC Liverpool on Sunday 3rd of April in association with Meinl Cymbals, has just announced the release of a new album, “The Check In”
Alongside Wolfgang Haffner, The Kiel-born Jost Nickel is one of the very few top German tour & session drummers whose name also enjoys an excellent international reputation.
After lessons with Udo Dahmen in Hamburg and with Zach Danziger at the Drummer’s Collective in New York, Jost Nickel’s star began to shine brightly 25 years ago as the drummer of the jazz-grunge band Matalex. He recorded three albums with the innovative quartet and made guest appearances with this band at the North Sea Jazz Festival in The Hague and the Montreux Jazz Festival, among others. He has also worked with many jazz greats such as Barry Finnerty (Miles Davis, The Crusaders), Randy Brecker, Bob Mintzer (Yellowjackets, WDR Big Band), Mitch Forman (John McLaughlin, Wayne Shorter), Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets, Allan Holdsworth) and Jeff Lorber live and in the studio.
He succeeded as drummer and musical director in the band of Mousse T and played with Sasha, Johannes Oerding, Marla Glen and SEEED, among others. Since 2006, Jost Nickel has been the drummer for Disko No.1, the band of German soul superstar Jan Delay.
And if all these jobs alone weren’t enough to fill an impressive artistic resume to bursting, Jost Nickel is also very happy to pass on his knowledge to interested young musicians as a teacher and lecturer at the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg. His three textbooks Jost Nickel’s GROOVEBOOK, Jost Nickel’s SNAREBOOK and Jost Nickel’s FILLBOOK have been included by the American journal Modern Drummer Magazine in its highly regarded list of the best teaching materials.
It is therefore understandable that due to all this activity there was hardly any time for serious solo ambitions. Involuntarily slowed down by the corona-induced standstill of the cultural scene, Jost Nickel has used the time wisely and finally written and recorded his debut album The Check In, which has been eagerly awaited by many.
“I have deliberately decided to write and record my debut album with musicians with whom I have a common past and who, like myself, are not only in a musical genre on the road, but feel equally at home in both jazz and pop”, outlines Jost Nickel the basic creative idea of the album.
So of course some colleagues of Disko No.1, like Jörg Sander (g), Johnny Johnson
(tb), Philipp Kacza (tr) and Ali Busse (bs) have been involved in The Check In, but also highly appreciated companions of Jost Nickel, like Claus Fischer (bs), Hanno Busch (g), Simon Oslender (keys), Lutz Krajenski (arr.), Mark Smith (bs) and Dirk Berger (g).
Together with the latter two, Jost Nickel wrote five of the album’s eight tracks at his own Shedroom Studio in Hamburg.
Follow this link to listen to the album: https://orcd.co/jostnickel_thecheckin
Follow this link to online shop where autographed vinyls and CDs can be purchased.
About Jost Nickel
Jost Nickel belongs to the current, golden generation of German drummers. Friends and colleagues like Anika Nilles (one of his students), Marco Minnemann and Benny Greb are closely associated with his name – they all stand for groundbreaking, contemporary drumming on a world-class level.
His name appears within the credits of many hit records at home, as well as abroad. He has played and recorded with Jazz Greats like Randy Brecker, Jeff Lorber, Bob Mintzer, Jimmy Haslip, Barry Finnerty, Mitch Forman, Brandon Fields and many more.
He made his international debut as a clinician and educator with a performance at the Montreal Drum Fest in Canada (2010), followed by PASIC (USA) in 2012 & 2016, the Namm Show (USA) in 2015, the Meinl Drum Festival (2008, 2012 & 2016), the London Drum Show (2016), the Tam Tam Festival in Spain (2016) and the UK Drum Show in 2017.
Jost was nominated “Best Clinician” by Modern Drummer Magazine in 2016 and was voted on MusicRadar’s list of “the 10 best drum clinicians in the world” in 2016 & 2017.
He has released three best-selling books through Alfred Publishing: “Jost Nickel’s GROOVE BOOK” (2015), “Jost Nickel’s FILL BOOK” (2017), and “Jost Nickel’s SNARE BOOK” (2019). Two of which were nominated “Best Educational Product” by Modern Drummer Magazine (USA).
He has written feature articles and workshops in Modern Drummer Magazine, Drummer (UK), Rhythm & Drums (Japan), Batterie (France), Drums & Percussion (Germany) and other publications.