Axel Dörner & Mazen Kerbaj – Döner Kebab (Al Maslakh, digital)

The award for the best record cover of the year clearly goes to these two. And whenever Axel Dörner and Mazen Kerbaj are involved, the music always lives up to its presentation. Along with the fascinating improvisations with »unprepared« guitar by Al Maslakh co-owner Sharif Sehnaoui on »Recoil/Relent«, »Döner Kebab« is the first release on the label in a long time. Good things come to those who wait, and the same can be said of the two trumpeters, who have been making music together for about 17 years now and have brought their respective playing into perfect harmony. On the three pieces, each of them can be heard on a different channel, using electronics in addition to the respective acoustic instrument. However, as is often the case with Dörner and Kerbaj, it is difficult to tell where one ends and the other begins. That, however, makes this album all the more impressive.