Not Far From Here (CD)
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Not Far From Here introduces award-winning pianist Julia Hülsmann’s new group in which her long-time working trio with Marc Muellbauer and Heinrich Köbberling (together now for 17 years) is expanded to a quartet with the addition of Berlin-based saxophonist Uli Kempendorff. In Kempendorff’s playing “both suppleness and unruliness are in ample supply”, Jazzthetik has noted, and he brings a fresh energy to the Hülsmann group concept. Each member of the quartet contributes original compositions, with Julia herself penning five new pieces for the album. Repertoire is augmented by a timely cover of “This Is Not America”, David Bowie’s 1980s hit single (co-composed by Bowie, Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays), which appears here in a quartet version and a solo piano variation. The album, recorded at Studios La Buissonne in the South of France in March 2019 is issued as the Hülsmann Quartet embarks on an extensive European tour. Dates include ECM50 events at the London Jazz Festival and Le Flagey, Brussels.