Florian Hoefner

Coldwater Stories

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MUSIC REVIEW BY GÁSPÁR KÁROLY, JazzMa (Hungary)

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"The cold shower that warms the heart"

In a "modest" way, I quote from a recent report: the universe of jazz is unknowable! We can meet again and again with the recordings of unknown artists, and we can run into music that we immediately fall in love with. I feel like I'm in such a galaxy now, in connection with the new piano album by the pianist Florian Hoefner, "Coldwater Stories." I started to listen to the puppet totally "Hoefner's". As I used to, I used to "chew", and in my
biography among others I read that he first lived and studied in New York and later moved to Canada. Surely, our Florian could be a vain man, for whatever I was looking for and searched, I could not find out when he was born. Based on his photographs, he could be a forty-year-old. But this is not the point, it's about the music!

Around ten Hoefner compositions were recorded last September, and released on September 15, 2017, thanks to Origin Records. Looking at the title and looking at the black and white cover, I thought that a "happy-sunshine-party" stuff would not blur after a "play" button. And yes, as Uncle Pista Bessy, I'll be right! Romance, philosophizing, dizzying depths includes music on the CD. Water and sea inspired compositions follow each other as if they were a bunch of symphonies. We are not going to storm, but we are sailing on a north, cold, but calm and beautiful stretch. Interestingly, this "fur coat" still warms our hearts and souls! All the songs are made peacefully, delicately and extremely tastefully by the pianist. He does not want to blow his feelings into us suddenly; he talks slowly, fairly, confidently, like a granddad with a bouquet of roses to his grandson, who just colorizes his stories so that they are more likely to build on his character and become more informative.

Of course, Hoefner did not come from Mars, so his style at least for me is very impressive with Keith Jarrett's and Brad Mehldau's styles. But it balances them so that you can not say, ah, just a copy of this Florian! Of course with good malice to anybody, whatever it is, but I'm not from a family... Awesome compositions, beautiful tilt, real, honest to say; this is Florian Hoefner's "Coldwater Stories" album. I got another beautiful planet in the Jazz Universe!

(Translated from Hungarian)






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