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Hidden Fresco by Albrecht Maurer and Norbert Rodenkirchen

When Hidden Fresco arrived in the mail to me from Germany, I knew I would be in for some interesting contemporary German jazz. This CD collection perfectly blends contemporary jazz, free jazz, and world music themes into a solid format that will surprise the jazz listening audience with its honest style of delivery.

The jazz compositions are by Albrecht Maurer and Norbert Rodenkirchen, and each song makes unusual and innovative use of the gothic fiddle and medieval flutes, plus the intimate use of the harp. The musical compositions carry the listener along, and at times, the sounds are errie and macabre, but never boring.

There are twelve songs in the collection, and each varies in length, the longest being the unusual "Erdsion" which has a playing time of 9:18 minutes. Each song has distinct jazz motifs.

The twelve songs are "Hidden Fresco," "...A Due," "Tempera." "Fadenspiel," "Erosion," "Melancholia," "Aura," "Nibbio," "Calindra," "Sfumato," "Craquele," and "Behind." "Aura" is an interesting piece and "Tempera" carries its themes to a logical conclusion of ironic humor in music with the notes signaling leads to one another in a macabre fashion. All in all, these songs are good explorations into this type of creative genre popular in contemporay German jazz.

If you are interested in something off the beaten track, filled with clever and insightful jazz motifs, and definitely different in its eclectic jazz approach, this is one to consider. Those interested in these artists and the record company can check out their recordings at

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Albrecht Maurer and Norbert Rodenkirchen
  • CD Title: Hidden Fresco
  • Genre: Free Jazz / Avante Garde
  • Year Released: 2006
  • Record Label: Nemu Records
  • Tracks: Hidden Fresco, …A Due, Tempera, Fadenspiel, Erosion, Melancholia, Aura, Nibbio, Calindra, Sfumato, Craquele, Behind
  • Musicians: Albrecht Maurer (gothic fiddle), Norbert Rodenkirchen (medieval flutes, harp)
  • Rating: Four Stars
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