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The second release from Germany's Grunen Trio of Achim Kaufmann on piano, Robert Landfermann on double bass and Christian Lillinger on drums, a superb and forward-thinking piano trio using prodigious talent in eccentric ways, resolving to lyrical and rewarding improvisation.

Grunen (Kaufmann / Landfermann / Lillinger)
Pith and Twing

Grunen (Kaufmann / Landfermann / Lillinger): Pith and Twing (Clean Feed)

Label: Clean Feed    
Released in: Portugal    

"No, the piano jazz trio format is far from being at an end, and here is one more example of that, one of the best to boot. German players Achim Kaufmann, Robert Landfermann and Christian Lillinger show us that the traditional combination of a grand piano, a double bass and a drumset can adopt experimental configurations and explore new situations. When the pianist isn't the leader of the band - in Grunen, no one is - it could even be problematic to call it a piano trio. The usual hierarchy of the instruments dissolves, and the functions of the three musicians change radically. There's no soloist and there's no rhythm section which means everybody solos and everybody supports the others. And when you have three virtuosos with an eccentric, or even punkish, anti-virtuosic approach to the music, anything can happen: lots of tension and lyricism, powerful playing and deconstructions en miniature, crazy flights and rigorous organization of sounds. Prepare yourself (again: "Pith and Twig" is Grünen's second opus) to be surprised."-Clean Feed

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Product Information:

UPC: 5609063004116

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF 311
Squidco Product Code: 19985

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2014
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded at Studio Loft Cologne, October 2012 and May 2013

Tracks 3 and 6 recorded live at the Loft, April 22, 2012

Recorded and mixed by Christian Heck (Tonart Studio).


Achim Kaufmann-piano

Robert Landfermann-double bass

Christian Lillinger-drums

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Track Listing:

1. Prasenz - Zeichenz 1:20

2. Toquesenh 3:31

3. Foliage Misconstrued 17:38

4. Fsinah 6:10

5. Chitin 4:48

6. Mobiliar I - Mooswerdung 10:07

7. Mazeem 3:31

8. Corybant 4:19

9. Schmach 4:44

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