Tuesday, May 24, 2016

DENMARK/GERMANY Wolfert Brederode Trio, Wolfert Brederode, Gulli Gudmondsson, Jasper van Hulten-Black Ice (ECM 2016)

Wolfert Brederode: piano
Gulli Gudmondsson: double bass
Jasper van Hulten: drums

After two quartet adventures, Wolfert Brederode returns to a piano trio setting, and Black Ice makes an apt metaphor for his new music, with its gleaming lyricism, transparency, and hint of danger.

I find the combination of danger and beauty intriguing, he says. There is sleek melodic invention both from the leader and from Icelandic bassist Gulli Gudmundsson, and Jasper van Hulten proves to be a resourceful addition to the team, a tone-sensitive drummer adept at embellishing the sensitive musical language and sense of interplay.