Frank Woeste – Pocket Rhapsody (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 54:45 minutes | 573 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Booklet, Front cover | © ACT Music
Frank Woeste is not just an exceptionally fine pianist and a gifted exponent of the Fender Rhodes, he also has a thorough understanding of his own creative process. If all art is about leaving an impression, then Woeste’s mission is to etch a deep mark both as a player and as a composer. His debut as an artist on ACT, then, not only reveals a musician brimming with ideas, but also a fully-fledged composer and an extremely adept arranger. His trio with guitarist Ben Monder and drummer Justin Brown creates a sound which is orchestral in its scale and its impact. The intimacy of chamber music goes hand in hand here with the forward propulsion of a jazz trio, and with the power of a big band. In other words, the title “Pocket Rhapsody” gets it right.
Woeste is not short of eminent companions for this voyage. Youn Sun Nah sings “The Star Gazer” with the kind of captivating emotional intensity that might be expected of her. Ibrahim Maalouf contributes his incomparably expressive, orientaltinged trumpet lyricism to the glistening “Moving Light” and to “Nouakchott,” a magical and richly evocative whirring of warm air over the desert sand. The time has come for Frank Woeste to be re-discovered in Germany as a prodigal son, and to be recognized more widely as a prodigious talent.
01 – Terlingua
02 – Moving Light
03 – The Star Gazer
04 – Buzz Addict
05 – Interlude
06 – Pocket Rhapsody
07 – Intro Nouakchott
08 – Nouakchott
09 – Mirage
10 – Melancholia
Produced & Engineered by Frank Woeste.
Recorded in January 2014 at Studio Libretto.
Editing and Mixing by Julien Carton & Frank Woeste at Sweetspot Studio.
Mastering by Raphael Jonin and Maël Vallin.
Frank Woeste – piano, Fender Rhodes, organ & bass synth
Ben Monder – guitar
Justin Brown – drums
Ibrahim Maalouf – trumpet on “2 & 3”
Youn Sun Nah – vocals on “3”
Sarah Nemtanu – violin
Gregoire Korniluk – cello