Torben Waldorff: Heimat
Torben Waldorff (guitar)
Afterburn (artistShare AS0078)
Sam Yahel (piano, Fender Rhodes, organ), Matt Clohesy (bass), Jon Wikan (drums, percussion).
Composed by Torben Waldorff.
Recorded: New York, December 27-28, 2007
Rating: 91/100 (learn more)
Torben Waldorff is a Danish-born guitarist/composer with an uncluttered, controlled playing style and a keen ear for melody. His songs are accessible and soulful while possessing ample profundity. The slow-paced "Heimat" provides an excellent example of these attributes and the rapport that comes with an efficient, sympathetic group.
The theme, stated by Waldorff and McCaslin, is well constructed and memorable. Yahel reveals a mastery of projecting warmth from a Rhodes, not just through the carefully considered notes in his solo turn, but also as an accompanist. Waldorff's employs a similar strategy from the full-bodied sound of his Gibson ES when his turn comes, modulating his approach from gentle to mid-intensity, but always relaxed. Meanwhile, Wikan sympathetically adds fills to emphasize the leader's evolving mood.
One of several standout tracks on Afterburn, "Heimat" displays Waldorff's ability to craft songs that can engage the listener even when a soft touch is utilized.
Reviewer: S. Victor Aaron