Wolfert Brederode: Currents (2008)
Wolfert Brederode's Currents is one such recording.
The pianist's profile has been established mostly by his accompaniment of vocalist Susanne Abbuehl on April (ECM, 2001) and Compass (ECM, 2006). His stepping out onto his own with Currents reveals a young artist with an uncommon focus in a chamber jazz setting, leading a quartet of clarinet/piano/bass/drums.
Vintage Jimmy Giuffre comes to mind as a comparison to Brederode's sound, as do some of the early '50s Chico Hamilton recordings, outings that featured an equality of input from all band members, and an unhurried gentleness and gentility of approach.
All compositions here were penned by Brederode, with the exception of "As You July Me," co-written with Susanne Abbuehl. Claudio Puntin, on clarinets, blows perhaps the cleanest, clearest, prettiest musical notes imaginable. Space is also a big factor with each instrumentalist's contribution ringing in with crystalline clarity.
Currents is an extraordinarily beautiful listening experience, one best enjoyed by giving it full and undivided attention.
Track Listing: Common Fields; Empty Room; As You July Me; High & Low; With Them; Frost Flower; Scarabee; Desiderata; Soil; Ebb; Barcelona.
Personnel: Wolfert Brederode: piano; Claudio Puntin: clarinets; Mats Eilertsen: double-bass; Samuel Rohrer: drums.
Record Label: ECM Records
Style: Free Improv/Avant-Garde