Florian Hoefner

Songs Without Words

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Sometimes strengths could be construed as weaknesses, as here, wherein this jazz-piano New Yorker-by-way-of-Germany stretches out in rabidly improv mode on his opening track, then does a 180 and heads in the direction of chill modern prog, stuff that comprises the bulk of the album. Only reason I mention that is the whole continuity thing; most jazz listeners have to be in weird moods to want to zone in to what sounds on the surface like warmup nonsense. Throughout the entire sphere of music, though, this generation has a hard-on for being predictably unpredictable, so there’s that, but meanwhile, certainly the effortlessness of the players is jaw-dropping as they follow along like a dolphin armada over the stutters and spurts of Hoefner’s hopscotch-like rhythms (“Uncertain Times”) and hotel-bar mellow-outs (“Sometimes”).

Grade: A






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