Wolfert Brederode: Soil





Currents (ECM CD B0011581-02)

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Wolfert Brederode (piano),

Claudio Puntin (clarinet), Mats Eilertsen bass), Samuel Rohrer (drums)


Composed by Wolfert Brederode


Recorded: Oslo, Norway, June 19-21, 2006


Rating: 91/100 (learn more)

This tune finds clarinetist Claudio Puntin playing with intensity and passion as well as gentle lyricism. The circular passages that introduce the track are reminiscent of the great British saxophonist Evan Parker. That kind of angular playing does come back later in the composition, interspersed with some lighter phrases that pair well with Brederode's open and chiming piano chords. "Soil" is a modern blues that draws much of its power from the emotional distance between the clarinet (insistent, on edge) and piano, which keeps more of an even keel. As with many ECM recordings, what's not played makes things even more interesting, the "air" in the recording further distilling its content.

Reviewer: Mark Saleski

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