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Julia Hulsmann Quartet – Not Far From Here (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Julia Hülsmann Quartet – Not Far From Here (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 59:50 minutes | 1,1 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © ECM

Each time she releases a new album, we find ourselves asking the same question: why aren’t there more musician like Julia Hülsmann? Of course, the jazz world is saturated with tons of great pianists, though the German pianist (who already has ten albums to her name) possesses a truly unique touch. With Not Far From Here, her chamber jazz fuses beautifully with the ECM sound, her record label since 2008. The album is wonderfully energetic and eclectic, largely thanks to the presence of the Berlin-born saxophonist Uli Kempendorff. Playing in quartet with her faithful rhythm section (composed of drummer Heinrich Köbberling and her double bassist and husband Marc Muellbauer), Hülsmann finds in Kempendorff a partner who stimulates both her compositions and performances. The quartet’s improvisations go from a cool sixties-style jazz to a more avant-garde style and outright playful sequences. United like never before, the group reveal a vast yet cohesive colour palette. The beautiful oddity of this record is a surprise cover of This Is Not America which David Bowie recorded in 1985 with the Pat Metheny Group. – Marc Zisman

1. The Art Of Failing (3:01)
2. Le Mistral (7:46)
3. This Is Not America (5:17)
4. Weit Weg (3:29)
5. Streiflicht (4:34)
6. Not Far From Here (5:28)
7. No Game (6:11)
8. Einschub (4:38)
9. If I Had A Heart (2:25)
10. Colibri 65 (5:05)
11. You Don’t Have To Win Me Over (1:43)
12. Wrong Song (7:26)
13. This Is Not America (Var.) (2:53)

Uli Kempendorff (tenor saxophone)
Julia Hulsmann (piano)
Marc Muellbauer (double bass)
Heinrich Kobberling (drums)rded in 1985 with the Pat Metheny Group. © Marc Zisman


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