Michael Wollny: Initiation




Michael Wollny (piano)


Hexentanz (ACT 9756)

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Michael Wollny (piano).

Recorded: Munich, August & November 2006


Rating: 87/100 (learn more)

This young German pianist has been known mostly for his Berlin-based trio strangely called [em], and for accompanying tenor veteran Heinz Sauer. On his first solo record, he shows another side of his rich personality: a romantic feeling that has its roots in the melodies of Schubert and in typically German mythologies, like the Walpurgis Night (“Hexentanz” means “dance of the witches”). With that type of inspiration and the stunning mastery of the piano that Wollny displays, who knows where this most promising musician will take German jazz? He is obviously one of the leading figures in its renewal.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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