|Jazz friends know him for years: Bernhard Pichl, sideman of many renowned US musicians and pianist of the Nuremberg "Sunday Night Orchestra" led by Dejan Terzic. Two JAZZ4EVER records show his work with prominent American stars: Pete Yellin´s European Connection, live recorded in the Kulturfabrik Roth in 1994 (J4E 4722), and "On The Corner Meets Benny Bailey", recorded in 1995 (J4E 4726). Bernhard Pichl often has joined American musicians on their tours through Europe: jazz legend and tenor saxophone player James Moody, singer Deborah Brown, drummer Jimmy Cobb, trumpet player Bobby Shew, tenor saxophone player and bandleader Bob Mintzer, the recently died Westcoast legend and trumpet player Conte Candoli and the Ex-Blakey-trumpet player Valery Ponomarev. At present Bernhard Pichl is member of the Dusko Goykovich Quintet and will be on tour with them in Japan next year.
He also plays with the group UGETSU.
His favourite group is, however, the trio ON THE CORNER with Rudi Engel on bass and Bill Elgart on the drums. The trio was founded 1991 with Rudi Engel, the drummer changed various times, Dejan Terzic being one of them. The trio is conceived as a basis for guest soloists as above mentioned, and others like Ack van Rooyen, Judy Niemack, Leszek Zadlo and Tony Lakatos. In 1994 and 1996 OTC played with the Symphonic Orchestra Of Würzburg under Jonathan Seers crossover projects between classical music and jazz.
"To create an individual sound Bernhard Pichl considers the most important thing in jazz: No sound, no message". Although the list of his favourites mainly shows American musicians - Bill Evans, Kenny Barron, Herbie Hancock, Ahmad Jamal, McCoy Tyner (….), Pichl feels also attached to European culture. He worships Bach, Messiaen and Debussy.
His affinity to the blue notes he explains simply that way: Jazz just swings (Roland Spiegel in "Jazz in Bayern 2"). The biggest challenge for a trio is for him the creation of a typical sound respecting the individual voices, their personality and musical experience. He, however, prefers the homogenous sound to soloistic escapades.