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Frank Woeste

Pocket Rhapsody - CD

  • Format: CD
  • Cat No.: ACT 9587-2
  • Barcode: 614427958723
  • German Release: 29/01/2016
  • Genre: Piano Jazz, Jazz

Frank Woeste's debut as an ACT-artist, not only reveals a musician brimming with ideas, but also a fully-fledged composer and an extremely adept arranger. His trio with guitarist Ben Monder and drummer Justin Brown creates a sound which is orchestral in its scale and its impact. The intimacy of chamber music goes hand in hand here with the forward propulsion of a jazz trio, and with the power of a big band. In other words, the title “Pocket Rhapsody” gets it right.

 
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“There are times,” says pianist Frank Woeste, “when I think how useful it would be to have a third hand.” That thought seems to encapsulate an important trait in Woeste's playing, namely his natural urge to arrange and to orchestrate at the piano, something which is evident right from the start of his album “Pocket Rhapsody.” Woeste is not just an exceptionally fine pianist and a gifted exponent of the Fender Rhodes, he also has a thorough understanding of his own creative process. If all art is about leaving an impression, then Woeste's mission is to etch a deep mark both as a player and as a composer. His debut as an artist on ACT, then, not only reveals a musician brimming with ideas, but also a fully-fledged composer and an extremely adept arranger. His trio with guitarist Ben Monder and drummer Justin Brown creates a sound which i...

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Frank Woeste / piano, Fender Rhodes, organ & bass synth
Ben Monder / guitar
Justin Brown / drums

Guests:
Ibrahim Maalouf / trumpet on 02 & 08
Youn Sun Nah / vocals on 03
Sarah Nemtanu / violin
Gregoire Korniluk / cello


Recording Information

Composed, arranged & produced by Frank Woeste
Lyrics on 03 by Youn Sun Nah
Recorded by Frank Woeste at Studio Libretto, January 2014
Additional Recording by Peter Karl at Peter Karl Studio,
New York, March 2014
Editing and Mixing by Julien Carton
and Frank Woeste at Sweetspot Studio
Mastering by Raphael Jonin and Maël Vallin
Cover art by Terry Winters, „Clocks and Clouds“ (7),
2012 / ACT Art Collection