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Esche: Der Dichter Spricht

Read "Der Dichter Spricht" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

A trio of piano, violin and bass seems like it could be limiting in an improvisational context but the German group Esche does just fine with that lineup. They create a bright style of lively chamber music that teems with emotion and romance. This is not one of those European groups that relies on a lot of free improvisation. All of their music is composed by the group members and has strong melodies or rhythmic ideas. “Om-Har" starts ...

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Laura Schuler: Der Dichter Spricht

Read "Der Dichter Spricht" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Der Dichter Spricht (translation: The Poet Speaks is a graceful, romantic affair, conjuring moments of restfulness and playfulness, very often within the framework of the same composition. Produced like a hushed yet invigorating ECM session, this second album from the German trio Esche, comprised of violinist Laura Schuler, double bassist Lisa Hoppe and pianist Luzius Schuler, continues the trio's curious investigations into the art of melding classic chamber music and jazz into a resilient whole that is neither ...

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Esche: Der Dichter Spricht

Read "Der Dichter Spricht" reviewed by Troy Dostert

On its sophomore release, Swiss trio Esche continues its search for ways to fuse classical chamber music with possibilities for improvisation, and even swing, that stem from the jazz tradition. The title of the record, Der Dichter Spricht ("The Poet Speaks"), does not seem an intentional reference to the Schumann piece of the same name, although there is a certain strain of romanticism to be found in the group's music, lending a decidedly lyrical touch to pieces that otherwise often ...