Natural Perception is Tobias Meinhart’s debut album for ENJA Records. After spending six years living and playing in New York City, the saxophonist has compiled a series of original compositions that he feels represent his personal exploration of the spiritual power of music. The concept of the album was heavily inspired by Alejandro Jodorowski’s book, The Spiritual Journey, and especially the mental and emotional state that Jodorowski describes as “Empty mind, full heart.” To make a performance of such proportions possible, Tobias put together a band with whom he feels completely free, and thus capable of reaching a level of playing that is transcendent. Along with Phil Dizack, Yago Vazquez, Orlando LeFleming and Jesse Simpson, Tobias explores a wide range of styles and moods, culminating in a singular, captivating body of work. The band played the Blue Note Jazz Club and The Jazz Gallery in New York as well many major jazz festivals and clubs worldwide.
Personnel: Tobias Meinhart – tenor & soprano saxophones, Phil Dizack – trumpet, effects, Yago Vazquez – piano, rhodes, John Tate – bass, and Jesse Simpson – drums.