For their 2006 debut album „Remember Chet“ Julian Wasserfuhr, only 17 years old by the time, followed in the footsteps of Chet Baker. Since then he and his three years older brother Roman became the outstanding artists of Young German Jazz.
Julian shows a stunning artistic maturity unparalleled by such a young trumpet player in German jazz. Roman Wasserfuhr’s piano playing does not stand back from his brother’s virtuosity. He accompanies Julian’s melodies almost symbiotically sovereign. In many concerts the two brothers dealt with their heroes and have built up their own artistic identity and an already large fan base.
„Upgraded in Gothenburg“ from 2009 was the Wasserfuhr’s second album. Supported by jazz stars like Nils Landgren and bass-player Lars Danielsson, they entered the top league in German jazz.
„Gravity“ is their third album from 2011. Renowned German magazine ”Stern” commented on the album: ”In collaboration with (drummer) Wolfgang Haffner and Lars Danielsson the Wasserfuhr brothers become a poem. Easiness becomes heavy, heaviness light as a feather. This music attracts a lot.”
What makes the music of the Wasserfuhr brothers so extraordinary is their love for fascinating simplicity, their absolute trust in melody and their sense of lyricism and drama. Technical skill and instrumental virtuosity is not presented at random, but only when they serve the purpose of the songs and, characteristic of the Wasserfuhrs’ music, convey emotions.
“That is the most difficult part in any form of art. But if you succeed in doing that, you get the greatest result,” German author Matthias Brandt concludes. Gravity proves that Young German Jazz is as energetic as ever before and promises bright prospects for the future.
Julian and Roman Wasserfuhr on ACT:
“Remember Chet” (ACT 9654-2)
”Upgraded in Gothenburg” (ACT 9488-2)
“Gravity” (ACT 9507-2)