All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

106

Sebastian Liedke: To Walk In The Past

Dan Bilawsky By

Sign in to view read count
Different people often have different thoughts of what a piano trio should be: some view Oscar Peterson-style groups as the archetype in this category; others, just as easily, point to Bill Evans and feel that his body of work is the alpha and omega when it comes to piano group interaction and chemistry; while younger, rock-leaning enthusiasts may turn their noses up at both of those legends, preferring the bombast-meets-jazz of The Bad Plus. No two people will have the same exact conception of the perfect trio vehicle, but it's safe to say that this type of group can't be pigeonholed into any one area.

Bassist Sebastian Liedke's Trio, for example, has its own ideas about the piano trio, and his group pares things down to essentials. Superfluous notes and unnecessary displays of technique aren't the point here. Nine of these ten track create an intimate space where gently moving single note piano lines float over a simple, but wholly absorbing, rhythmic base. Liedke has found simpatico colleagues in pianist Dirk Flatau and drummer Lizzy Scharnofske. Most of this music is covered in shades of gray—like the album cover—and an ECM patina is present on the large majority of these songs. Within this general frame of mind, the musicians still manage to evoke different emotions. "Ella" has a hauntingly sad introduction and a fragile, yet firm, quality. "Leaving Berlin" possesses a seductive charm and "The Beast In You" is somber and sentimental at the same time.

While the first few album cuts establish a specific direction and sound for the group, "Hallo Frau Winter" is a complete departure. The trio seems to be giving their own view of a McCoy Tyner-style burner as the song begins, but the music gives way to a bouncier feel that comes off like a Berlin-based view of Brazil. "Tale Of A Silent Karl" is underscored by an ominous, repetitive bass pattern and the piece gains more weight as Scharnofske and Flatau dig in. A slight Evans influence comes through on "Fluse Im Kopf" and the group even takes on airs of Argentina during "Leo." Liedke's bass line establishes the groove—in nine—and leads the way, allowing Flatau to fill in with charming little lines above. This song is Nuevo Tango-tinged music for the European set. When the trio arrives at their last two stops, they basically settle back into the comfortably moody confines established at the top of the program. While designating something as "mood music" often relegates it to "background music," that's not the case with music from To Walk In The Past. This is moving mood music for music lovers.

Track Listing: 04:15-A Morning on Hamdan Street; Ella; Leaving Berlin; The Beast In You; Hello Frau Winter; Tale of a Silent Karl; Fluse Im Kopf; Leo; To Walk In The Past; Ein Stuck Berlin.

Personnel: Dirk Flatau: piano; Sebastian Liedke: bass; Lizzy Scharnofske: drums.

Title: To Walk In The Past | Year Released: 2010 | Record Label: Self Produced

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Zeitenwende

Zeitenwende

Sebastian Liedke
Zeitenwende

Multiple Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Zeitenwende

Zeitenwende

Self Produced
2011

buy
To Walk In The Past

To Walk In The Past

Self Produced
2010

buy

Related Articles

Read Passion Reverence Transcendence CD/LP/Track Review
Passion Reverence Transcendence
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: August 17, 2018
Read Inner Voice CD/LP/Track Review
Inner Voice
by Don Phipps
Published: August 17, 2018
Read Live In London Volume II CD/LP/Track Review
Live In London Volume II
by Roger Farbey
Published: August 17, 2018
Read The Literature CD/LP/Track Review
The Literature
by Jim Trageser
Published: August 17, 2018
Read Suite 150 / A Big Band Portrait CD/LP/Track Review
Suite 150 / A Big Band Portrait
by Jack Bowers
Published: August 16, 2018
Read Lost Days CD/LP/Track Review
Lost Days
by Don Phipps
Published: August 16, 2018
Read "The Bug" CD/LP/Track Review The Bug
by Jack Bowers
Published: August 20, 2017
Read "All Melody" CD/LP/Track Review All Melody
by Phil Barnes
Published: March 23, 2018
Read "How We Fall" CD/LP/Track Review How We Fall
by Mark Sullivan
Published: July 6, 2018
Read "Witches Stew: A Tribute to Miles Davis" CD/LP/Track Review Witches Stew: A Tribute to Miles Davis
by Doug Collette
Published: October 15, 2017
Read "Dimebag" CD/LP/Track Review Dimebag
by Samuel Stroup
Published: December 8, 2017
Read "Second City" CD/LP/Track Review Second City
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: September 13, 2017