MICHAEL WOLLNY TRIO

Nacht­fahrten ★★★★ ACT

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - LARKIN COR­MAC

What­ever scat­o­log­i­cal in­fer­ences may spring to the mind of an English speaker, the of Ger­man pi­anist Michael Wollny’s record trans­lates as Night Jour­neys. Th­ese are the dark, som­no­lent jour­neys of an ex­trav­a­gantly ta­lented pi­ano trio, slowed down to late-night stum­bling pace, like De­bussy set upon by Tom Waits and Th­elo­nious Monk in a dark al­ley. Along­side overt ref­er­ences to the dark side, like An­gelo Badala­menti’s creepy mu­sic for

Twin Peaks and Bernard Her­rmann’s score for Psy­cho, the trio’s orig­i­nal ma­te­rial, mostly taken at bal­lad pace, is suf­fused with a the­atri­cal, ro­man­tic air of mys­tery. Wollny doesn’t so much burn as smoul­der-through­out, only oc­ca­sion­ally burst­ing into flame, egged on by his long-time col­lab­o­ra­tor and fel­low com­poser, the ex­cel­lent Eric Schae­fer on drums. michael­wollny.com

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