Jurgen Friedrich: Over
Jurgen Friedrich (piano)
Pollock (Pirouet 3039)
Jurgen Friedrich (piano),
John Herbert (bass), Tony Moreno (drums).
Composed by Jurgen Friedrich..
Recorded: Munich, October 17 or 18, 2007
Rating: 82/100 (learn more)
Pianist Jürgen Friedrich starts this interesting, moody piece with a repeating solo piano motif. The melody conjures up memories of a brooding Keith Jarrett, but lacks the visceral energy emblematic of Jarrett’s passionate playing. Friedrich has assembled sympathetic partners in Hebert on bass and Moreno on drums. The music would seem derivative of new age piano performances except for Moreno’s feathery drum accents and Herbert’s buttery bass notes.
The trio breaks the spell established by Friedrich’s repeated melody line when they stop midway to make a low register, percussive break. Herbert and Friedrich effectively build tension in unison while Moreno fills and accents with rolls and stutter-stop cymbal crashes. Friedrich’s playing is melodic and lyrical and his compositional acumen shows promise. There are brief glimpses of great sensitivity in his performance but he needs to play more passionately if he desires greater success in this genre. With the well-matched team of Herbert and Moreno, who play his music with empathy and inspiration, he should be able to make that leap.
Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello