Dear Passengers


TMR 007 - CD / Digipak

Torsten Papenheim´s

Dear Passengers (TMR 007)

Torsten Papenheim – guitar
Alexander Beierbach – tenor saxophone
Berit Jung – bass
Christian Marien – drums

01 – Special Teeth Profiles Shifting (5:54)
02 – Harry’s Truman (4:32)
03 – Melancholy Grandeur (7:40)
04 – Efsane (5:14)
05 – Mitscherlichs Zoo (5:18)
06 – Esfahan, Tennessee (5:14)
07 – Interstice (8:26)
08 – Selected Characters (5:10)

total time 47:35

all compositions by Torsten Papenheim

recorded October 2018 by Christian Betz at Berlinaudio, Berlin
mixed and mastered by Christian Betz
design by Kurzgestaltung, Berlin
artwork by Marcel Grabsch
produced by Torsten Papenheim & Alexander Beierbach

© and ℗ Tiger Moon Records 2020, TMR 007
LC – 37384

CD / Digipack

Release Date: February 28, 2020


Alexander Beierbach – tenor saxophone
Torsten Papenheim – guitar
Berit Jung – double bass
Christian Marien – drums

Oscillating between composed forms and collective improvisations TRU CARGO SERVICE creates a raw sound dealing with density and space. Since 2017 the Berlin-based ensemble succesfully demonstrates its understanding of playing exhilarating quartet music.
After the highly acclaimed debut album “Dear Passengers”, the second CD of TRU CARGO SERVICE will be released this September: “Schattenlos”.
“Schattenlos” – meaning shadowless – is a collection of twelve sketched variations composed by Torsten Papenheim. Each piece consists of only a few measures of written music, the ensemble created the final form of “Schattenlos” together – during rehearsals, at concerts and in the studio.
The sound of TRU CARGO SERVICE is playful, transparent and aware of the beauty of musical friction.

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Fidelity Magazin – March 2020 – Hans-Jürgen Schaal about “Dear Passengers”

“In fact, some titles are almost punk-loud. In other pieces there are also thoughtful, almost lyrical tones, but the focus of the music is definitely not on harmonious subtlety, but on gnarled topics and unaffected, tonally revealing improvisation. This album has a fresh, urban, rhythmic urge to move forward. It is pleasantly different from most of the current scene.”

JazzWord – May 2020 – Ken Waxman about “Dear Passengers”

“Picking its way through the boundary that separates contemporary Jazz from free form improvisation is the Berlin-based Tru Cargo Service quartet. Taking elements from each, this performance of guitarist Torsten Papenheim’s eight compositions avoids the more obvious musical landmines.”  –

Jazz´N´More – March/April 2020 – Florian Bissig about “Dear Passengers”

“Papenheim, who is responsible for all of the compositions, likes extensive lines and lively polyphony, which sometimes reminds a little of a circus. (…) “Dear Passengers” is diverse and top-class.”

freiStil #90 – May/June 2020 – Bertl Grisser about “Dear Passengers”

“Tru Cargo Service is a really a very well-attuned band (…) The overall gesture of the music is quite relaxed, with a clear tendency towards darker shading, sometimes even to a certain melancholy. Strongly made contemporary jazz for quite relaxed hours, but without sacrificing depth.”

Bad Alchemy (105) – March 2020 – Rigobert Dittmann about “Dear Passengers”

“Bass beats and a rocking beat solidly structure the terrain for Papenheim’s guitar runs that wind up along it, fragile and yet determined. Similar to the tenoristic voice in its tension of soft embers and fiery tongues. (…) Papenheim’s entire aesthetic is subtle, from persistent repetitions to spicy figuration, from pensive daydreaming to … – where do these pointed whistles come from?”

Injazz – March 2020 – Dietmar Liste about Tru Cargo Service

“… Papenheim’s music is intelligent, creative, exciting, distinctive. Jazz art, i’d say. That’s the way out of monotony.”

Fono Forum – März 2020 – Berthold Klostermann about “Dear Passengers”

“… Papenheim locates his music “somewhere between melody and noise” – you could hardly say it better. It sometimes rumbles, is strange and bulky, but the bottom line is that it’s easy to get in the ear.”