...the effortlessness of the players is jaw-dropping...
New York-based pianist & composer Florian Hoefner follows up on his 2012 debut recording "Songs Without Words," with a set of nine new tracks, including seven originals and arrangements of "Eleanor Rigby" and "Black is the Color." "Falling Up" features the interplay of Hoefner's long-time band, now with multiple European and east coast tours under their belts, with saxophonist Mike Ruby, bassist Sam Anning, and drummer Peter Kronreif.
1 Stoney Lake 7:29
2 The Long Run 5:18
3 Falling Up 7:15
4 Black is the Color 8:46
5 Eleanor Rigby 5:54
6 Overtime 6:57
7 Eleven 8:31
8 Countryside 6:14
9 Momentum 4:57
Mike Ruby - tenor & soprano saxophones
Florian Hoefner - piano
Sam Anning - bass
Peter Kronreif - drums
Produced by Florian Hoefner
Recorded by Michael Brorby at Acoustic Recordings, NYC
April 1-2, 2013
Mixed & mastered by Dave Darlington at Bass Hit Studios, NYC
Edited by Tyler McDiarmid
Cover photography by Mike Meyer (www.mikemeyer-photography.de),
Band photo by Severin Koller
Cover design & layout by John Bishop
Midwest Record (Chris Spector)
A right on set of modern piano jazz is on tap here by this German born cat and his New York pals. Playing with the kind of effortlessness that makes everyone think that he can do it just as easily and just as well, it’s the sign of a real master when he leaves them in his dust and doesn’t make a big deal out of it. You can bet Hoefner would leave ...
Cultuur Podium (Netherlands) (Serge Julien)
Falling Up is the second album of New York's Florian Höfner Group. An album that is established in the jazz category, but is too wide-ranging to pin down as the music flows between traditional jazz patterns and leaves room for influences from other angles. The successor to the debut Songs Without Words from 2012, which received rave reviews in ...
emusic (Dave Sumner)
New release from pianist Hoefner, who put out an under-the-radar gem in 2012 with Songs Without Words. Hoefner’s music isn’t complicated or fussy… he crafts strong melodies and develops them with an enviable focus that makes his songs memorable and so damn enjoyable to hear. On his previous album, he kept a casual pace, letting the melodies breathe ...
Sea of Tranquility (Jon Neudorf)
Florian Hoefner is a German born pianist with an incredibly strong resume. He graduated from the Manhattan School Of Music with a Master's degree in music, is a teacher of his craft and is also a member of the band Subtone as well as leading his own quartet. Falling Up is the group's second album. Let me start by saying how much I enjoyed this ...
Jazz Weekly (George W. Harris)
Pianist/composer Florian Hoefner brings together a working team of Mike Ruby/ts-ss, Sam Anning/b and Peter Kronreif/dr for some thoughtful yet accessible post modern jazz pieces. Except for “Eleanor Rigby” (which is creatively delivered by Hoefner’s fingers), all the pieces are composed by the leader. An uncluttered lyricism permeates material such ...
Suono (Italy) (Daniele Camerlengo)
What a pleasure to listen to this young training; already now you can feel the strong and intimate bond that unites these musicians who, despite coming from different places and backgrounds, seem to have always lived in their music. A rare find and unique, their interplay follows and draws Pindaresque emotional rooms: passion, pain, joy and suffuse ...