“A breath that becomes a sound, that becomes a melodic motif. A piano motif like an echo. A caesura that has at least as much to say as the emphatically-open dialogue afforded by saxophonist Peter Ehwald and his pianistic partner Stefan Schultze that reveals itself as a process of searching, especially at the beginning of the new album. Better to raise one question too many than to succumb to the temptation of a hasty answer at some point. What the two have now been tackling for years shows a deep harmony that can only exist with the affirmation of the differences between their two characters. From this approach, the pair took on New York drummer Tom Rainey into their midst. And in this constellation he proves to be a powerful contributor and source of inspiration – for it is precisely the intertwined, asymmetrical rhythmic patterns that immensely enriches the intuitive symbiosis of Ehwald/Schultze.
The pieces that emerge from this go in different, rarely predictable and often somewhat labyrinthine directions – but never without a decisive approach in the form of a compositional idea. Nothing is superficial in this common kaleidoscope of musical fantasy. They let it run when something is good, and sometimes boldly take it to the extreme. Without being contrived, because everyone remains confidently true to themselves when connect with the ideas of the other two.
This listening pleasure is complex, unpredictable, and often profound. But the experience behind it is exemplary!”
Stefan Pieper, Jazzzeitung, July 2017
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“Schultze und Ehwald both relish exploring the melodic contours of the pieces, which are often reflective, even dreamy, while Rainey’s cymbal color play remains the epitome of sensitivity.”
John Sharpe, The New York City Jazz Record, 2017
“The attraction of this extremely emotional music lies in the tension between these three individuals – from the diversity of their musical paths leading to a common goal.”
Rainer Bratfisch, Jazzpodium, 09/2017
“One of the most exciting Jazz albums this year!”
HIFI Stars, 2017
“[…] an extremely sensitive and at the same time expressive album, a successful example of intimate chamber jazz with ascetic, concentrated power.”
Heinrich Brinkmöller-Becker, nrwjazz.net, December 11, 2017
“The eleven tracks of this incredibly refined, rousing concept album are exciting – getting under your skin and tingling upon it, both exciting and meditative.”
Sabine Kaufmann, musenblaetter.de, 2017
“Something happens all the time, constant movement demands attention that is very fulfilling, because you can imagine yourself in the midst of these conversations, either listening dreamily or rocking along with your whole body.”
Wolfgang Giese, musikansich.de, 2017
“A strong album, where three protagonists play with at least as much devotion to each other as they give their own virtuosity while playing together.”
Daniel Kluger, musikreviews.de, 2017
“Free jazz without noise, because even in the most spontaneous moments there is that quiet restraint that Morty Feldman (to whom the trio tip their hats with the opener ‘Edgewise’) used to create pure beauty.”
Karsten Zimalla westzeit.de, 2017
“Great competence is generously displayed in the interweaving of goal-orientation with flexibility, cautiousness with consequential follow-through, and elaboration with ad hoc situations. For the ears.”