Christoph Stiefel – Sofienberg Spirits (Piano Solo) (2018) [Qobuz FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

Christoph Stiefel – Sofienberg Spirits (Piano Solo) (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 48:41 minutes | 395 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front cover | © NWOG Records

“Sofienberg Spirits”, the third solo album by the Swiss pianist Christoph Stiefel, can be anchored in the world of classical music as well as in jazz; it can be called impressionistic or meditative, as standing above things or resting deep within their core.

Born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1961, the pianist became a permanent band member of Andreas Vollenweider & Friends at the age of 23. He toured with the band from 1984 to 1989 through Europe, Australia, Japan and the USA. He became well known internationally in the last few years, in particular, for his own compositional style, through which he has created a contemporary type of jazz by using a compositional technique from the Middle Ages (isorhythm) – his music oscillates between intensive grooves and tonal color painting in a fascinating manner. For years, he has fostered this compositional style, mostly in his “Inner Language Trio”, which manages the balancing act between precise conceptual work and unleashed improvisation with such aplomb as few other formations in the current jazz scene.

01 – Sofienberg Spirits I
02 – Sofienberg Spirits IV
03 – Sofienberg Spirits III
04 – Inner Roughs
05 – Sofienberg Spirits II
06 – Reminiscence
07 – Sofienberg Spirits VI
08 – Giant Steps
09 – Inner Language / Isorhythm # 19
10 – Beauty
11 – Sofienberg Spirits V
12 – A Great Place / Isorhythm # 34
13 – Attitudes / Isorhythm # 31
14 – Sofienberg Spirits VII