German trombonist Nils Wogram and Russian pianist Simon Nabatov join efforts on the beautiful duo-album Starting a Story. The refined virtuoso playing of Nabatov is a steady foundation for the sometimes hurried avant-garde playing of Wogram. Disorderly sketches slowly take definitive shape and there's a high improvisational standard in the compositions by their hand. The extra-ordinary talent of both musicians excels this apparent chaos. Wogram, who started his career with the German Federal Jazz Orchestra of Peter Herbolzheimer and later studied music in New York, delivered his debut under his own name in 1994: New York Conversations. Together with cellist and bass player Henning Siverts, pianist Simon Nabatov and drummer Jochen Rückert he has been forming the Nils Wogram Quartet for some years now. Simon Nabatov had his first learning experiences with Kenny Wheeler, Chet Baker, Sonny Fortune and Ray Anderson. He has made several albums in America and Germany, with Paul Motian, Tom Rainey and Mark Helias among others and teaches at several schools of music. The power of Nabatov lays in the excellent command of bebop, free jazz and improvised music. He blends these stiles in an entirely unique fashion.