»One of the most interesting albums I’ve heard this year« was Downbeat critic Peter Margasak’s reaction to Robert Landfermann’s first PIROUET CD, Night Will Fall. Landfermann returns with Brief, his second PIROUET offering with the quintet he calls his »dream band«.
Co-founder of the influential Klaeng Jazzkollektiv in Cologne, German bassist Robert Landfermann has been a member of the ground-breaking Pablo Held Trio since the band’s inception in 2005, and has worked with such major voices as Joachim Kühn, Tomasz Stanko, Django Bates, John Taylor, Lee Konitz, and John Scofield. Landfermann’s quintet has been together since 2014, and he enthuses, »This is something of a dream band for me.« It began with Landfermann wanting to especially play with two of the top musicians on the German scene, alto saxophonist Christian Weidner and tenor saxophonist Sebastian Gille: »They’re both unbelievable; their sounds are unmistakable, and they both inspire me.« AllAboutJazz hailed Weidner as »a rare original voice« with a »inely focused artistic vision«, while Jazz Station labeled Gille »a jazz musician whose music has stylistic coherence, highly cultivated intensity, and absorbing tonal beauty.« It was then only for Robert to grab drummer Jim Black and pianist Elias Stemeseder, two of his favorite players with whom he had been working off and on over the last few years.
Brief: an album of concise communication with a message that captures and holds on to the moment’s magic.