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Michael Wollny

[em] Live - CD

  • Format: CD
  • Cat No.: ACT 9668-2
  • Barcode: 614427966827
  • German Release: 24/09/2010
  • Genre: Piano Jazz, Young German Jazz

„Die krachend vitale, interaktive Musik dieser Gruppe ist in der Weltspitze der im Moment übervölkertsten Jazz-Besetzung angekommen." (U. Olshausen, FAZ) "... wohl das beste Jazzalbum der letzten 25 Jahre." (Stuart Nicholson, Jazzwise UK)

CD € 17,50



“Bands are like relationships,” says bassist Eva Kruse. “You have to go through the occasional crisis but, if you manage to stay together, you grow through it.” For bands, as for relationships, places also play an important role: the place where you got to know one another or the place where you grew up together. For Kruse’s trio, founded in 2002 under her name but which soon changed its name to [em] due to the equal role of Eric Schaefer on drums and Michael Wollny on piano, the JazzBaltica Festival in Salzau is just such an important place. It marks both the start and the culmination of their career to date: “[em] Live”, recorded as part of the 20th festival jubilee, is definitive evidence of the biggest success story in German jazz in recent years.ACT boss Siggi Loch remembers being given a demo CD at the 2004 JazzBaltica Festival....

line up

Michael Wollny / piano
Eva Kruse / bass
Eric Schaefer / drums


Recording Information

Recorded by the NDR live at JazzBaltica, Salzau, July 4th, 2010
Audio engineer: Katja Zeidler, recording supervisor Felix Behrendt
Producer for NDR: Axel Dürr and Stefan Gerdes
Mixed by Ake Linton at Bohus Sound Studio, Gothenburg, July 27 – 29, 2010
Mastered by Klaus Scheuermann