Julia Kadel Trio’s first album was released on Blue Note in 2014. In this regard, she followed Jutta Hipp’s footsteps, who also released her debut album on the famous label almost 60 years ago. Musically, however, there are only a few, very subtle similarities: Julia Kadel’s playing does have jazz’s heritage ingrained into it, but it solely forms the essence. The freedom younger instrumentalists in particular explore has something to do with finding sound spaces that classical jazz has not yet explored. It moves away from standard patterns and swinging structures and leans over to new music and minimal music. Nonetheless, spontaneity and improvisation still form the foundation. She recently recorded the album “Kaskaden” together with her long-term partners Karl-Erik Engelmann and Steffen Roth, which was released on MPS, another legendary label. This grand piece of work was recorded in the Black Forest, in Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer’s original studio in Villingen-Schwenningen, where Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans and Wolfgang Dauner also recorded albums.