Wolfert Brederode Trio – Black Ice (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 53:15 minutes | 948 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: highresaudio | Artwork: Digital booklet | Label: ECM
After the quartet adventures of Currents and Post Scriptum, Wolfert Brederode returns to a piano trio setting, and Black Ice makes an apt metaphor for his new music, with its gleaming lyricism, transparency, and hint of danger. “I find the combination of danger and beauty intriguing”, he says. There is sleek melodic invention both from the leader and from Icelandic bassist Gulli Gudmundsson, and Jasper van Hulten proves to be a resourceful addition to the team, a tone-sensitive drummer adept at embellishing the sensitive musical language and sense of interplay.
Brederode and Gudmundsson have collaborated often over the years in contexts from free improvisation to theatre music and have a keenly honed intuitive understanding. They met in the 1990s when both were studying at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and, as Wolfert notes, “immediately had a strong musical connection.” Their creative compatibility first found expression in an earlier Brederode trio, which in turn evolved into a quintet co-led by Wolfert and drummer Eric Ineke. In 2006 Brederode joined Gudmundsson’s Binary Orchid trio, completed by trumpeter Arve Henriksen. And pianist and bassist have continued their association also inside the quartet of Dutch tenorist Yuri Honing.
01 – Elegia
02 – Olive Tree
03 – Bemani
04 – Black Ice
05 – Cocoon
06 – Fall
07 – Terminal
08 – Conclusion
09 – Curtains
10 – Rewind
11 – Bemani (Variation)
12 – Glass Room
13 – Fall (Variation)
Produced by Manfred Eicher. Engineered by Stefano Amerio.
Recorded July 2015 Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI, Lugano.
Wolfert Brederode – piano
Gulli Gudmundsson – double bass
Jasper van Hulten – drums