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on 16 October 2010
There's a glut of piano trios in contemporary jazz and a lot of them might be said to be putting out music which offers little in the way of originality or daring. Julia Hulsmann's trio is however something else.
The three players have it seems built up an almost telepathic understanding of each other's work and this alone separates them from the pack. Allied as this quality is with a kind of diffident virtuosity that it's hard to realistically compare with anything, unless the staple of some of Bill Evans's trios is trotted out yet again, and you have something special. Hell, they even manage to make something out of the piece of doggerel that is Seal's "Kiss from a Rose" and whilst they don't succeed in making it thorny (ouch) they do coax something plaintive out of it.
"Quint" embodies another facet of their artistry, and to the extent that they get the better of the usual antiseptic ECM sound job. It's clear from this one that when they want to move outside of the wistfully lyrical they can do it with aplomb. Suffice to say that once the ear gets conditioned to the extent of what's going on the listener's attention might well be divided between the contributions of all three players.
That's a feat no meaner than the one through which a piano trio manages to sound fresh. This one does that as well, and for all the sometimes unassuming quality that the three musicians bring to the table it still makes for engrossing listening.