CERTAIN BEAUTY receives "CHOC de l'année 2006"
CERTAIN BEAUTY (ACT 9442-2), the second album of Heinz Sauer and Michael Wollny, receives the renowned "Choc de l'année" (CD of the year) by the French magazine JAZZMAN.
Forty-eight years separate these two "headstrong" (DIE ZEIT) musicians, but musically they could not be closer. Saxophonist Heinz Sauer, a great and highly influential figure in post-war west German jazz, and Michael Wollny, the big discovery in German jazz in 2005 were born in 1932 and 1978 respectively. One of them grew up in a time when jazz was the expression of the awakening after the Second World War and a disastrous dictatorship, the other one in an age, in which anything goes, and musical symbols have become ambiguous and iridescent. Sauer’s tone has been compared with flowing, molten lava, a tone that erupts with archaic force and glistens in a multitude of nuances. Wollny sometimes explodes behind the piano, sending sound-splinters that come from a truly free universe flying in all directions. His is a language that is unburdened by deliberations about tonality or atonality. And when the duo starts to play, we can feel the mental and emotional connection immediately.
* „A smoody and smokey existentialist’s delight“ (The Independent, UK)
* “State-of-the-art for the difficult sax-piano duet business” (The Guardian, UK)
Back to list