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Wolfert Brederode Trio: Black Ice

Read "Black Ice" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Dutch pianist Wolfert Brederode returns to a piano trio format after the quartet albums Currents (ECM, 2007) and Post Scriptum (ECM, 2011). Not only a trio, but also new playing partners in bassist Gulli Gudmundsson and drummer Jasper van Hulten. While there's no radical stylistic shift with the new band--it's still mainly about mood and atmosphere--new material was written with these musicians in mind. The well-titled “Elegia" opens the album, setting the plaintive, elegiac tone. The title tune ...

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Wolfert Brederode Quartet: Post Scriptum

Read "Post Scriptum" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


ECM Records has a way of offering up music from various artists that seems as if it has existed forever--in nature, in the air--and that they, the label and the artists involved--be it pianists Tord Gustavsen or Bobo Stenson, or saxophonist Jan Garbarek--are simply conduits for grabbing those sounds and bringing them to the listening/CD-buying public. The music of Dutch pianist Wolfert Brederode, on 2008's Currents, and now on Post Scriptum, fits well within this malleable mold. Employing ...

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Wolfert Brederode Quartet: Post Scriptum

Read "Post Scriptum" reviewed by John Kelman


At a time when the world is becoming an increasingly busy and, in some cases, hostile place, it's easy to forget the power of music, to create a space away from the demands and stresses of day-to-day life, where it's possible to just sit back, absorb, and become absorbed in something transcendent. Music doesn't always have to be pretty, but when it is, it needn't preclude the more complex emotions that comprise the human condition. Pianist Wolfert Brederode's 2008 ECM ...

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Wolfert Brederode: Currents

Read "Currents" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


The word “aesthetic" is defined by the American Heritage Dictionary as: “Of or pertaining to the sense of the beautiful." That word is often paired with the much praised Munich-based ECM Records, a label that delves deeply into beautiful sounds. And its offerings are often (though not always) of a beauty of the spare and ethereal sort, finely nuanced, tranquil, contemplative recordings that are best appreciated by serious and undistracted listening.Wolfert Brederode's Currents is one such recording.

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Wolfert Brederode: Currents

Read "Currents" reviewed by Budd Kopman


With the intensely emotive Currents, pianist Wolfert Brederode makes his ECM debut, having appeared on vocalist Susanne Abbuehl's April (ECM, 2001) and Compass (ECM, 2006) and been deeply involved in their sound. Now leading instead of accompanying, Brederode has written (with one exception, “As You July Me," sharing credits with Abbuehl) a set of meditative and introspective pieces that make a cumulative, deep impression. The space this music occupies sits somewhere between extreme Romantic, yet modern classical ...

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Wolfert Brederode: Currents

Read "Currents" reviewed by John Kelman


Along with Norwegian trumpeter Mathias Eick's first disc as a leader, The Door, ECM's North American release of pianist Wolfert Brederode's debut on the same day is more than happenstance. At 34, Brederode is a few years older than Eick, but the two share much in common. Both are firmly committed to melody as a strong stylistic definer and both have already recorded for the label, in Brederode's case with singer Susanne Abbuehl on two albums including the emotionally far-reaching ...


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