Wolfgang Haffner
Heart Of The Matter

VÖ: 26.10.2012

Genre: Nu Jazz, Drums & Percussion

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ACT 9535-2, 614427953520
Wolfgang Haffner / drums, programming, backing vocals
Dominic Miller / acoustic guitar, e-guitar (6)
Sebastian Studnitzky / trumpet, keyboards (7, 8, 10), backing vocals
Eythor Gunnarsson / fender rhodes, piano, synth
Nicolas Fiszman / bass
Bruno Müller / e-guitar (1, 3, 8)

Produced by Wolfgang Haffner
Co-produced by Sebastian Studnitzky

Recorded by Clemens Matznick at Hansa Studio Berlin, January 9 - 11, 2012
Assistent Engineer: Conrad Hensel
Additional Recording at La Luz, Ibiza & Studio 406, Lanzarote
Mixed by Wolfgang Haffner at La Luz, Ibiza. Mastered by Peter Heider at Purecuts

"Heart of the Matter" is the logical continuation of the path Haffner has taken with the previous albums "Shapes", "Acoustic Shapes" and "Round Silence": organic, self-contained music with a sovereign groove, substantial melodies, full of colour and space. With special guests: Götz Alsmann, Till Brönner, Thomas Quasthoff and Sting guitarist Dominic Miller.

Wolfgang Haffner
Wolfgang Haffner is regarded as Germany's "best" (Die Welt) and "coolest" (ARD ttt) drummer, as well as the "most important drummer of his generation" (Süddeutsche Zeitung) – all accolades bestowed upon him by the music industry. Haffner began his career early, and at the age of 18, he was chosen by Albert Mangelsdorff to join his band. Over the years, he has not only played with some of the finest German jazz musicians, including Klaus Doldinger, Till Brönner, and Michael Wollny, but he is also one of the few Germans who have achieved international success. U.S. stars like Pat Metheny, Randy and Michael Brecker, Chuck Loeb, and John Abercrombie have entrusted their music to his unwavering drive and inspiring creativity. Scandinavian greats from Nils Landgren to Lars Danielsson have also benefited from his powerful and dynamic drumming. Due to his extremely forceful and dynamic playing, Haffner is also in high demand as a collaborator with rock and pop stars such as Chaka Khan, the Fantastischen Vier, and even Nightmares on Wax. Like many of the best in his field, Haffner was never content with just playing the drums. He started composing and producing early on, and he launched his own projects. With albums under his own name, Haffner is now one of the most successful German jazz musicians and bandleaders. Wolfgang Haffner is a master of atmosphere, groove, and flow. His keen sense of musical beauty and atmospheric moods define his music. He has developed his own distinctive personal style, and as a bandleader, he has undoubtedly crafted a typical Haffner sound that is recognizable within just a few bars. As a producer, Haffner has also made a name for himself, working with bands like Mezzoforte and singer Max Mutzke. As a drummer, he has appeared on over 400 albums, performed at major jazz festivals worldwide, and toured in 100 countries, from Japan to the USA, from South Africa to Brazil.
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