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JT Video Premiere: “Night and Day” by Johannes Wallmann

Advance track from Day and Night, the pianist's seventh album as a leader, rearranges a Cole Porter classic

Johannes Wallmann
Johannes Wallmann (photo: Nick Berard)

JazzTimes is pleased to premiere the video for “Night and Day” by Johannes Wallmann. The track is taken from his seventh album as a leader, Day and Night, due out Nov. 2 on Shifting Paradigm Records.

The German-born, Canadian-bred pianist—currently director of jazz studies at the University of Wisconsin—is joined both on this track and on the rest of the album by trumpeter Brian Lynch, tenor saxophonist Dayna Stephens, bassist Matt Pavolka, and drummer Colin Stranahan. The video captures the quintet during the album’s July 2017 recording sessions at Bunker Studio in Brooklyn, N.Y.

“Night and Day” is indeed the song you think it is—Cole Porter’s well-worn standard—but Wallmann and his bandmates have given it some new harmonic and rhythmic twists, setting the melody over an eerily ascending chord pattern and a groove that alternates bars of eight and seven beats. Sneaky unison lines toward the end add further intrigue.

For more information on Johannes Wallmann, visit his website, johanneswallmann.com.

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