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Wolfert Brederode: Currents

The ECM label keeps coming up with young players who create on a high level in the fertile, challenging twilight zone between 20th-century composition and jazz. On Currents they are pianist Wolfert Brederode, multi-clarinetist Claudio Puntin, bassist Mats Eilertsen and drummer Samuel Rohrer.

The alluring ambience here could serve as background music for a very hip dinner party, but Currents belongs in the foreground. The leader’s 11 original delicate melodies are hard as metal sculptures. Brederode the composer creates lyric forms so radiant and complete that Brederode the improviser wisely does not try to improve them, but patiently derives their implications.

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