Wolfgang Haffner
Kind of Cool

VÖ: 27.02.2015

Genre: Jazz, Drums & Percussion

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ACT 9576-2, 614427957627
Wolfgang Haffner / drums
Christopher Dell / vibraphone
Jan Lundgren / piano
Dan Berglund / bass
Dusko Goykovich / trumpet
Jukka Perko / alto saxophone

Max Mutzke / vocals
Frank Chastenier / piano
Christian von Kaphengst / bass
Nils Landgren / trombone

Recorded by Arne Schumann on August 14 & 15, 2014 at Hansa Studio, Berlin. Recording Assistant: Jonas Zadow
“Piano Man“ recorded by Philip Krause on July 15, 2014 at Emil-Berliner-Studio, Berlin
Mixed by Arne Schumann@Schumann&Bach
Mastered by Peter Heider at Purecuts

Cover art (detail) by Gert & Uwe Tobias, by permission of the artists

On "Kind of Cool," Wolfgang Haffner moves between tradition and modernity, taking inspiration from Cool Jazz and the Great American Songbook. In the tradition of the legendary Modern Jazz Quartet and with the spirit of Cool, timeless jazz classics are elegantly performed. Incredibly relaxed, sophisticated, self-assured, and ultimately special. Three original compositions round out the album. It takes a true all-star band to make music sound as it does on "Kind of Cool": international jazz stars who have nothing left to prove, simply enjoying the pleasure of making these pieces sound like what they are: some of the most beautiful compositions produced by 20th-century music.

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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