Julia Hulsmann Trio: Sooner And Later (ECM/Ode)

 |   |  <1 min read

From Afar
Julia Hulsmann Trio: Sooner And Later (ECM/Ode)

It has been almost a decade since German pianist Hulsmann’s trio impressed mightily with the emotionally still and evocative The End of A Summer, but also about six since we found her Imprint album mostly evaporated without leaving much of an impression.

This new outing – only her sixth for the label since ’89 – finds her back in the trio format after other digressions and again in pieces like the delicate Biz Joluktuk (a folk tune from Kyrgyzstan) there is that sense of space and quietude which served her so well on previous outings.

Radiohead’s slightly morose All I Need (from In Rainbows) gets elevated into a gently swinging and romantic ballad which was always at its heart; Offen is a delicate piece where the trio speak as one; JJ is much more lively bop-infused piece and the final track Der Mond brings out a darker quality in her playing as she is paralleled by bassist Marc Muellbauer.

It brings to a close an album of quiet depth and sometimes effortlessly evocative charm and soul.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Jazz articles index

JAZZQUAKE HITS CAPITAL: Dotting the ts and crossing the iiiis

JAZZQUAKE HITS CAPITAL: Dotting the ts and crossing the iiiis

Sometimes in an interview it is useful to ask the stupid questions, the ones the subject has long since ever had to answer and so is often caught off-guard, has to think, has to define an idea... > Read more

Al Di Meola: Across the Universe (EarMusic/Digital outlets)

Al Di Meola: Across the Universe (EarMusic/Digital outlets)

Guitarist Al Di Meola is not the first and certainly won't be the last jazz musician to pay tribute to the Beatles, the band he credits with getting him into playing music: “That was a major... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Sam Browne of Black River Drive

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE QUESTIONNAIRE: Sam Browne of Black River Drive

When it comes to hard rock from New Zealand, you are spoiled for choice . . . but making a serious entry into the international stakes are Black River Drive whose second album Quicksand is a real... > Read more

Downliners Sect: The Sect (1964)

Downliners Sect: The Sect (1964)

Some people live interesting lives . . . but when it comes time to check out their timing is appalling: the author Aldous Huxley (Brave New World, The Doors of Perception) died the same day John F... > Read more