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Florian Hoefner Trio: First Spring

Read "First Spring" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Many piano trios reach back to past masters for inspiration, playing in the style of Bud Powell, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson. Others craft their sounds under the influence of contemporary players: Herbie Hancock, Brad Mehldau, McCoy Tyner, Kenny Barron, Ahmad Jamal. On the other hand, the occasional piano trio comes down the road rolling its own idiosyncratic way. Pianist Florian Hoefner is one of the latter group, with his immersion in “the ethos of traditional songs and the high lonesome ...

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Florian Hoefner: Luminosity

Read "Luminosity" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

A change in scenery can bring a new perspective as revealed in Florian Hoefner's Luminosity, his third release on Origin Records. Since moving to St Johns, Newfoundland in 2014 after spending years in New York City, the pianist and composer builds on previous works that highlighted a lyrical adeptness in the vein of contemporaries Aaron Parks and Fabian Almazan while exposing an identifiable voice. Fueled by bassist Sam Anning and drummer Peter Kronreif who have performed with ...

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Florian Hoefner: Songs Without Words

Read "Songs Without Words" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

A youthful quartet led by German pianist Florian Hoefner offers a modern jazz effort that is by no means a game-changer, yet boasts a diverse track mix. Now residing in New York, Hoefner is a two-time recipient of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award. Featuring his original compositions, the quartet on Songs Without Words displays verve while executing delicate sound mosaics, pumping Latin beats and fluidly crafted unison choruses. The pianist's intricately articulated phrasings on the pensive ballad ...


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