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Walter Lang was born May 13th, 1961 in Schwäbisch Gmünd, a small city some 50 kilometers from Stuttgart, Germany. He grew up with the sound of accordion and piano being played around the house by both his father and grandfather. He studied piano and composition at the Berklee School of Music in Boston; finished his studies at the Amsterdam School of Arts. In 1988 Walter had the fortune of becoming a founding member of the Rick Hollander Quartet, a group which has enjoyed countless tours of Europe, Japan and America. The group’s 5 CD’s all feature Walter’s trademark piano playing. The Quartet won the 1st prize at the „Europ‘ Jazz Contest“ in Hoeilaart, Belgium in 1990. Since 1999 he is leading his own Walter Lang Trio with Nic Thys on bass and Rick Hollander on drums

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Shinya Fukumori: Another Story

Read "Another Story" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


When joining the ranks of ECM as a drummer, you can be sure to be subject of comparisons to the many drum legends who have extensive recording histories with the label— late veterans Paul Motian or Jon Christensen. Much like the two multiple-eras-defining pioneers, Japanese drummer Shinya Fukumori's approach to the role of his instrument, as ...

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Shinya Fukumori: For 2 Akis

Read "For 2 Akis" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Una bella sorpresa questo trio multinazionale (ma con sede a Monaco) al debutto per ECM, guidato dal trentaquattrenne giapponese Shinya Fukumori e completato dal trentacinquenne tenorsassofonista francese Matthieu Bordenave e dal cinquantasettenne pianista tedesco Walter Lang. Fukumori, che prima di dedicarsi alla batteria aveva suonato il violino e il pianoforte, è giunto alcuni anni ...

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Jazzahead! 2018

Read "Jazzahead! 2018" reviewed by Henning Bolte


Bremen Trade Fair Hall Jazzahead! Bremen, Germany April 21-23, 2018 Jazzahead!, the three-day annual jazz marketplace marketplace of/for jazz in the Hanseatic city of Bremen in North-Western Germany with 3,283 participants from 61 countries stood strong and steady again this year. A total of 40 showcases over three ...

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Music Box Music

Label: Enja Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Emptiness; Prelude To ELF Police; The ELF Police; Tripolis; Salutation To The Sun; Usain; Lullaby For A Weakling Child; Danca Da Fita; Suq.

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Jazzahead! 2017

Read "Jazzahead! 2017" reviewed by Henning Bolte


Jazzahead! Trade Fair/Festival Bremen April 27-29, 2017 Jazzahead!, the annual market place of/for jazz in Hanseatic city of Bremen in North-Western Germany, with a total of 40 showcases and a concluding club night with more than 110 concerts, is impossible to cover adequately in one report. In this article you'll find a ...

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Trio Elf: Music Box Music

Read "Music Box Music" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


German pianist Walter Lang leads something of a double life, musically. On the one hand, he fronts standard piano trios with an impressionist bent--in the mode of a Marc Copland--on recordings like Softly As In A Morning Sunrise (Hagel Neyer Records, 2005) and Eurasia (M & I Records, 2009); on another hand, he heads up Trio ...

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Amsterdam

Label: Enja Records
Released: 2013
Track listing: Casa Do Tom; Arearea: Evet; Sounds in My Garden; Hammer Baby Hammer; Why? Because; 746; The Dark Sea; Down; Adria; The Man-Machine; No goodbye.

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Trio ELF: Amsterdam

Read "Amsterdam" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


One aspect of German pianist Walter Lang's artistry involves his work in the traditional piano trio format, evinced on stellar recordings like Eurasia (M & I Records, 2009) and Softly As In A Morning Sunrise (Nagel Heyer, 2005). His approach here comes out of the Bill Evans school of the piano trio, with a light and ...

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Eurasia

Label: M&I
Released: 2009
Track listing: Last Train Home; Ack Vaermaland (Dear Old Stockholm); Nights of Skopje; Ringo Oiwake; Que Reste T'il De Nos Amours (I Wish You Love); Estate; Madrid After Dark; Belalim; Omorfi Poli; Traveling Far.


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