Michael Wollny Trio – Weltentraum (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 56:39 minutes | 1,13 GB | Genre: Jazz
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Pianist Michael Wollny‘s highly acclaimed trio recording Weltentraum is a stunning example of contemporary interpretation in the hands of a unique, fluidly virtuoso artist. Wollny, with both elegance and wit, explores the connection between songs that are worlds apart in terms of both centuries and cultures. In his hands, interpretations of God Is a DJ by pop star Pink and the French Medieval piece Lasse! can logically coexist. Weltentraum was named Album of the Year in 2014 by the critics of Jazzwise.
On Weltentraum , the brilliant young German pianist Michael Wollny pursues his conviction that almost anything can become a “standard” vehicle for jazz improvisation – this set includes music by Alban Berg, Edgard Varese, the Flaming Lips (Be Free, A Way), and a live finale of Pink’s God Is a DJ, sung by Theo Bleckmann. Wollny quotes “tonality and atonality; fragility and force, melodic purity, romantic totalism, endless melodies, dark abysses, angels, dream logic, light darkness, gothic beauty” as the opposites he toys with, and if that sounds over the top, the music bears it out. Bassist Tim Lefebvre joins regular drummer Eric Schaefer, and the music passes through a delicately dissonant investigation of Berg’s Nacht, a rocking, fulsome Be Free, A Way, jazz swing peppered with quirky delays and damped notes on In Heaven and the faintly Brad Mehldauesque When the Sleeper Awakes, and through to the ethereally soulful God Is a DJ. There are plenty of contributing composers, and group-improv input too, but this couldn’t be anything other than a Michael Wollny album.
01 – Nacht (after A. Berg)
02 – Be Free, a Way
03 – Little Person
04 – Lasse! (after G. de Machaut)
05 – Fragment an sich I (after F. Nietzsche)
06 – In Heaven
07 – In einer Nacht, Op. 15: IV. Rufe in der horchenden Nacht (arr. for jazz trio)
08 – When the Sleeper Wakes
09 – Hochrot
10 – Muhlrad
11 – Engel
12 – Un grand sommeil noir
13 – Fragment an sich II (after F. Nietzsche)
14 – God Is a DJ [Live, with Theo Bleckmann]
Produced by Siggi Loch with the artists.
Recorded by Adrian von Ripka on September 24 & 25, 2013 at Bauer Studios, Ludwigsburg.
“God is a DJ” recorded by Sound Studio N, on March 21, 2013 live at Philharmonie Cologne.
Mixed and Mastered by Adrian von Ripka.
Michael Wollny – piano, harpsichord
Tim Lefebvre – upright bass
Eric Schaefer – drums
Please note: Track “14” recorded in 44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM, mastered in 96 kHz / 24-bit.