Wolfgang Haffner - Essentials
Format: 3 x CD
Catalogue No.: ACT7009-2
Release Date: 19 Nov 2021
Not only as a drummer but also as a bandleader and architect
of his own music, Wolfgang Haffner is one of the most
successful German jazz musicians of our time. Three albums
released between 2006 and 2012 are essential for his popularity
today. ‘Shapes’, ‘Round Silence’ and ‘Heart of the Matter’.
These recordings, no longer available physically as original
albums, are now released as a 3CD ‘Essentials’ set.
“The albums ‘Shapes’, ‘Round Silence’ and ‘Heart of the Matter’
are a trilogy. The compositions on them are always with me,
and whenever my band tours around the world, they form an
essential part of what we play at every single concert.
“All three albums were conceived, composed and arranged on
the Balearic Islands, so what brought this music into life was the
relaxed attitude to living, the vastness of the sea and the
beautiful landscape of the islands of Formentera and Ibiza.
“The result is a very personal universe of sound, which I created
and recorded in the studio with the help of musician friends
such as Dominic Miller, Lars Danielsson, Nils Landgren, Eythor
Gunnarsson, Sebastian Studnitzky, Thomas Quasthoff and
“I see ‘Shapes’, ‘Round Silence’ and ‘Heart of the Matter’ as
among the most important albums of my career, so I am very
pleased that they are now being re-released and are to be
available again as a three-album set. I wish listeners joy as you
immerse yourselves in my sound-world!” - Wolfgang Haffner
Wolfgang Haffner is a master when it comes to atmosphere,
groove and flow. His unmistakable feeling for the sublime in
music and his ability to create mood and atmosphere are what
set his music apart.
What the critics said: “Music with engaging melodies, realised
by subtle arrangements full of interesting touches” - Jazzwise;
“Organic and real, retaining an essential humanism too often
left out when electronica meets jazz” - Jazz Times; “Deeply
relaxed” - Jazz Thing; “Almost meditative instrumental music
between jazz and lounge that is addictive” - Stern.
3CD set in an 8-page digipack with 8-page booklet.
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