I just came back home (from Reims). And I am now listening to the new album "Reflections". I am one of the few people who had the chance to buy the album at the Reims concert. And it's a great album ! The way Wayne Shorter's Fall is played is amazing. Like if you had deconstructed it and extracted the essence or the skelet of the melody and harmonies on a kind of disco-funk feel. I didn't figure what Ethan Iverson said on the album's liner notes ("Here it seems to be re-imagined somewhat like an acoustic version of Wheather Report"[!]), but after I listened to it, it clearly appeared to be the appropriate description ! Ana Maria is played a little faster than the wonderful version i knew (at this trio concert http://www.vpro.nl/programma/jazzopvier/afleveringen/16649338/ ) but is incredible too. Reflections and More Than You Know are killin'. Ask Me Know too, with this wonderful block chords arrangement... All the album is awesome ! There is more than one life to study the voicings (the trio format allows chords to be heard more than on all the albums you ever made) you played here...
Some questions for Kurt or Anders, if you please :
I read that the album was entitled “Kurt Rosenwinkel Standards Trio Vol. 1: Reflections”. I thought you would produce other vol. (a sort of Kurt Rosenwinkel's "the art of the trio"...) but on the album, no mention of "vol.1"... Does it mean you don't want to make a second one, or a serie ?
The Reims concert was very impressive. I was very surprised to hear you play "How insensitive" (followed by Dexterity !). The best version I ever heard. I hope somebody recorded the concert ! I saw in the concert room that one of the financer of the reims jazz festival was "France Musique" (french public music radio) and there was some publicity for them in the room. And as they record some jazz concerts in France, I wonder if this one has been recorded by there engineers ?
Thanks for the concert, and the album.
(Sorry for the english mistakes i do in my posts...)