Equally adept at dreamy ballads, on-a-dime improvisations and spellbinding instrumental virtuosity, Knecht manages to add a descript vim that allows "Maria durch ein Dornwald ging" to become a ballad that really gets under your skin; "Es war ein König in Thule" to evolve into a virtuoso piece between Beethoven and Cuban salsa and "Froh zu sein bedarf es wenig" to be blessed with an African 6/8 vs. German 3/4 beat that revels in joyous celebration.
All this is even further enhanced by flawless production and the chance to hear it all in Studio Master quality, which just makes this album even more enticing. One of the jazz highlights of 2010.
Edgar Knecht - Piano and vocoder
Rolf Denecke - Bass
Stephan Emig - Drums
Tobias Schulte - Drums and Udu
Wolfram Geiss - Violoncello
Chris Mueller - Word/Vocal