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HNH: HNH

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HNH: HNH Three well-versed progressive jazz musicians from Germany, now calling New York City home, inject a starkness that uncannily transmutes into an upbeat program on HNH, the debut recording, led by drummer Joe Hertenstein. The differentiator here pertains to Thomas Heberer's use of the quarter-tone trumpet; by working with a horn that cuts a pitch halfway between notes in the chromatic scale, he executes an edgy and gruff overlay, linked with jazz-centric improvisation. Moreover, Hertenstein and bassist Pascal Niggenkemper paint a broad canvass, featuring slippery jazz grooves and a fertile bottom-end. It's a democratic engagement, indeed.

The trio largely works within medium-tempo vamps, steeped within dark and mysterious musical architectures and uncovering hidden treasures amid subtle hues and high-impact dynamics. With intense call-and-response motifs, the respective band members actively mimic ideas and recoil into airy frameworks, while allowing ample time for soloing activities.

Heberer intersperses traces of Mediterranean folk music along with free-bop, atop the rhythm section's buoyant grooves, with the band apt to hint at melody to parlay a vibe open to interpretation. With the trio operating occasionally in stealth mode, the trumpeter turns up the heat in spots via gnawing, scratching notes and circular phrasings, soaring and dolling out emotively charged choruses to steer an exploratory soundscape on "Lucretia's Legacy/Do I Remember Wrong" that borders on restraint.

The musicians' collective output instills a shadowy glimmer to complement the rather persuasive and intricately developed story lines evidenced throughout HNH.


Track Listing: Screw The Pendulum; Glulan; Paul's Age; Doin' The DO; Prelude And Tomorrow's Problem; Lucretia's Legacy; Do I Remember Wrong; The Tolliver Toll.

Personnel: Joe Hertenstein: drums; Pascal Niggenkemper: bass; Thomas Heberer: quarter-tone trumpet.

Year Released: 2010 | Record Label: Clean Feed Records


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