by Jerry D'Souza
Kamosc is the first recording by Achim Kaufmann, Michael Moore and Dylan van der Schyff, three improvisers who are known to let their imaginations rove in their music. However, the name of the band is a more formal invention: they've taken the first two letters of their last names and strung them together.
This music was recorded during the trio's 2005 fall tour of Canada and the US. It goes into many spheres, but the basic compositional motif ...read more
by Nic Jones
This is what happens when three musicians simultaneously come to terms with both their musical identities as individuals and a programme of composed music that is open to all sorts of individual (improvised) expression.
This trio embodies a tight but loose ideal on Kamosc which is conducive to effective music-making, and from the listener's point of view, its approach is nothing but positive. Listening to the likes of Skimble-Scamble," one of two tracks on which trombonist Walter Wierbos puts in ...read more
by David Adler
Achim Kaufmann's first solo piano disc is a study in atonal expressionism and sonic adventurism, draped in dark mysteries. Recorded mainly at the Bimhuis in the pianist's home city of Amsterdam, Knives consists of eighteen fairly short pieces that showcase Kaufmann's technical excellence, his aptitude for instant orchestration, his imaginative use of mixed techniques" (ie. prepared piano), and his firm yet idiosyncratic grasp of jazz piano tradition.
One cannot but admire the discipline of his left-hand bass lines ...read more
by Christian Carey
Amsterdam-based pianist Achim Kaufmann combines the fluidity of modern jazz with the extended techniques of avant-garde concert music on his latest solo album, Knives. Many of the works feature Kaufmann playing inside the piano. Besides plucking strings, he attacks the instrument's interior with a number of devices: rulers, a small hand sander, a piano tuner's wedge, and a vibraphone mallet. As can be imagined, this elicits a host of tone colors and textures, ranging from percussive to sustained, at points ...read more
by Glenn Astarita
The worst part about listening to pianist Achim Kaufmann’s recordings is that you only get 60 minutes or so, of some of the most inventive modern jazz on the globe. His previous CD for “Leo Records,” was a bona fide knockout! With this release, he navigates similar concepts.
His base group featuring the impressive talents of woodwind ace Michael Moore and drummer John Hollenback is augmented by bassist/cellist Henning Sieverts who provides the fluid bottom end. But ...read more
by Glenn Astarita
Any recording that features saxophonist/clarinetist Michael Moore deserves attention these days as pianist Achim Kaufmann and his quartet have come up with a sure-fired dandy with this new release titled, Double Exposure. Here, Kaufmann and Moore create a stirring front line along with superb support from bassist John Schroder and one of the most in demand session drummers on the scene, John Hollenbeck. Simply put, these gents sound as though they’ve been shedding for years which is evident from the ...read more