How did I miss this?
There is a live Wollny trio album out there and I only find out about it a year later. How is this possible? My bad.
Especially after I’ve attended his concert in Basel just some weeks after this album was released (see my concert review here).
But well, better late than never.
Michael Wollny Trio In Concert: Klangspuren – Live in Hamburg (ACT 2016)
I’m a big Wollny fan (thanks to an old friend from highschool who initially introduced me to him). See for example my reviews of his album Nachtfahrten, or my mention of one of his previous live albums in my 9 Outstanding Live Jazz albums. His album Weltentraum was also mentioned in my 25 Essential Jazz albums.
This album is very close in spirit (and material) to the live concert I saw at Kaserne Basel in 2016. Given that it is to a large extend based on his Nocturne-style album Nachtfahrten, it has a lot of long, quiet, but intense passages. My favorite song is White Moon.
Wollny plays with his usual trio of Christian Weber and Eric Schaefer.
But don’t worry, the lion Wollny is occasionally let out of his cage for one of his more improvising elements.
Looking back at his recent studio albums, I rated Weltentraum a full 5 star, while Nachtfahrten was still nice, but only received a 4 star rating.
When we get to live albums, I´d suggest you get one of the Weltentraum live albums first, but this album is still very much worth having.
Wollny remains one of the most important Jazz pianists of our days.
My rating: 4 stars
FYI, If you prefer to buy it as a physical album you also get a collectors edition that includes a DVD.