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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 ...