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Currents by Wolfert Brederode Quartet

This band led by Dutch pianist Wolfert Brederode operates within a translucent type musical setting, steeped in the integration of chamber music and progressive jazz. In effect, the European quartet exercises an ambient and lyrically resplendent set of themes that parallels the album title, where a gentle tide or current underscores the premise behind these engaging works.

Brederode’s soft touch is analogous to his performances with fellow ECM Records artist and vocalist Susanne Abbuehl. Yet here, the pianist and clarinetist Claudio Puntin design a warmly melodic string of motifs amid trance-like ostinato phrasings, and gradual shifts in tempo. With endearing and at times hauntingly beautiful harmonies, the quartet spawns a sense of sanctification via resonating choruses atop the rhythm section’s calming backdrops.

On the piece titled "With Them," Brederode renders a simple piano chord in support of Puntin’s inward-looking lines. In other areas, the band’s buoyant interplay and relaxed vibe enables you to sit back and drift into a state of musical bliss. Although they occasionally step it up a few notches via subtle dynamics and by raising the overall pitch or tone. Moreover, the group’s credo is firmly rooted in the art of making heavenly music, teeming with wistful melodies and flotation-like scenarios. Hence, a superfine album that generates addicting qualities.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Wolfert Brederode Quartet
  • CD Title: Currents
  • Genre: Various Jazz Styles
  • Year Released: 2008
  • Record Label: ECM Records
  • Musicians: Wolfert Brederode (piano), Claudio Puntin (clarinets), Mats Eilertsen (double bass), Samuel Rohrer (drums)
  • Rating: Four Stars
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