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   Carsten Daerr Trio: PurpleCoolCarSleep: Release Information

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Release Date: 20.10.2003
EAN/UPC: 705304300923
TT Catalogue No: 4472

Laconically, pianist Carsten Daerr gives credit for the title “PurpleCoolCarSleep”, the smallest miniature on his trio-album, to the magnets on his refrigerator door. Magnetic Poetry – PurpleCoolCarSleep, there could hardly be a more fitting name for this debut album.

Vivacity and passion, coolness on the edge of understatement, daredevil skill, speed and acceleration, and instinctive calm in detail. The only title composed jointly by Carsten Daerr, bassist Oliver Potratz and drummer Eric Schaefer becomes the whole program, not only poetically, but musically, Daerr spans the bridge from everyday associative sounds that “stick” in your ear to sophisticated compositions. The idea behind it is collective; the trio has existed since 1997 with a mission – to reflect the great common affinity they have to New Music and contemporary improvisation in the form of a jazz-piano trio.

Carsten Daerr grew up with classical music, but he soon felt its limits. Through Sting, he discovered Kenny Kirkland, a short time later Herbie Hancock and Pat Metheny. He was fascinated by the open structure of jazz and it opened the way for him to combine musical strains of the most different kinds. “A particular musical philosophy as the single basis to build everything upon would constrain me too much. Music is created by opening up to many different things. Schubert, Hindemith, Messiaen and Feldman are just as important to me as Sting, Radiohead, and Aphex Twin,” says Carsten Daerr today, and even goes beyond this variety, “More than other musicians, sounds from my surroundings are inspiring me right now though, most especially sounds and noises from Berlin. But the diverse sounds of nature as well. Every noise is music to me.”

This diversity determined his way as a studio musician and sideman in recent years. Even when he seemed to be going quietly, his appearances convinced with distinction, solid style and confidence. A man who has left his mark.
On PurpleCoolCarSleep, he not only appears as a pianist, but as a composer as well. His signature is very characteristic and subtle; it doesn’t only leave its mark on his compositions, but on those of his fellow musicians as well. Contrary to the spirit of post-modernism which uses, plunders and collages, Carsten Daerr processes traditions and structures into his own new musical language, making the album amazingly homogenous in spite of small stylistic strayings. His piano playing is equally relaxed and succinct. His improvisations develop fire under his control. Classical elegance and severity melt with playful caprioles and dynamic breakouts into a vivaciously powerful awareness of the moment. Purple Cool Car Sleep – Magnetic Poetry.

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