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Julia Hülsmann Trio: The End of a Summer

Julia Hülsmann

Like all the most important record producers, Manfred Eicher of ECM is a major talent scout. His latest discovery is the German pianist Julia Hülsmann. It is easy to hear what drew Eicher to Hülsmann and her trio.

She is an artist inclined toward the darker colors and to the Zen of less-is-more. Her ensemble belongs with other ECM piano trios because it is a participatory democracy. Bassist Marc Muellbauer and drummer Heinrich Köbberling are fully articulate individual voices, not accompanists. Muellbauer is a discovery in himself. When he takes the lead on pieces like “Konbawa” and “Senza,” he rivets attention and adds weight and portent to the moment.

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