Carsten Daerr Trio: Bantha Food: Presscuts
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Release Date: 26.09.2005
TT Catalogue No: 4484
" ... Berlin pianist Carsten Daerr's Trio transfixed the twentysomething audience
with the energy of an indie rock band. Capable of creating the elegant and the profound, they settled for the latter.
Showing new ways of thinking and feeling about things is the defining task of a true artist, and Daerr did it
- whatever you wanted to call his music."
Stuart Nicholson, Guardian Unlimited, April 30, 2007
"2005’s most exciting record of a piano-trio with 16 subtile, temerarious
miniatures fraught with spirit of adventure comes from Berlin.
The way Carsten Daerr, with Oliver Poratz on bass and a brilliant sound-explorer
called Eric Schaefer on drums free new classical music from everything top-heavy
and at the same time free jazz from patterns that were straining it for centuries,
is something Bill Evans would never have dreamed of.
Rolling Stone, Klaus von Seckendporff, 1/2006
- „The classical piano-trio is in the center of attention in the jazz
scene again, although it has always been present in the jazz medial background
of Keith Jarrett. The german pianist Carsten Daerr with Oliver Poratz, bass,
and Eric Schaefer, drums has found „his trio“.
On their second cd for the Berlin label Traumton, the musicians try to explore
the sound capacities of their instruments. Plucking of strings, cluster and
then again bubbling passages, descending to a dynamic unisono performance.
Carsten Daerr surprises over again with new turnarounds, impressions and expressions
in quick interplays between equal partners. The search for the unknown stands
in the center, stillstand and outbreak of the compositions develop in an unexpected
but coherent way: dynamic and calm as two equally strong poles, that reward
the listener with a slightly different kind of „family-music“.
Jazzzeit (THO), 11/2005
- Rastaman’s Frustration
They still exist, the demure things. And jazz-musicians who make them : The
Carsten Daerr trio from Berlin defies the temptation of smoochy standards
and loungy gallantry-goods and instead plays compositions without defined „changes“ and
chord progressions. „Bantha Food“ (Traumton Records) connects
the sound-exploration of modern experimental music and the powerful, full
of relish play with different elements: Postbop-Powerplay, Reggae-Beats and
impressionistic piano-improvisations fall in place to miniatures, which carry
beautiful names like „Rastaman Frustration (negativ)“ and sound
as if they were inspired by „Star Wars“ – adventures in
the widths of the sound-cosmos.
Lufthansa exclusive 11/2005
- „An undogmatic relationship to free performance unifies and honours
Germany’s young piano-trio-(Avant)Garde. Jens Thomas and Michael Wollny
don’t play free-jazz, but they play with free-jazz. And also Berlin pianist
Carsten Daerr’s Trio makes, after the success of their vaunted debut „PurpleCoolCarSleep“,
with the second album clear, what concertgoers already appreciate for quite
a time: We’re not affixed on music that could be put into chord-changes
for the „Real Book“. But we don’t want to do completely without
tempting grooves, changes and melodies because of that.
Refusing to pay the admission price for the world of free-jazz that way, the
enjoyably unagitated rebels come refreshingly near to a new invention of the
piano-trio in the area of conflict of jazz and new classical music. ...
They experiment with sounds, structures- and amazing results: the new classical
elements are improvisatorily animated instead of being congealed top-heavily.
Eric Schaefer’s drums can sound ten cubic centimetres small and in the
next moment they strike out to a mighty attac. Also Oliver Poratz doesn’t
have to struggle himself out of the classical role of setter of the fundament.
The often conjured equality, here it comes for the same part radically as naturally.
Even though this trio takes the risk of stroppy liberation-attemps, their music
remains – even without the funny explanations in the booklet – comprehensible.
When it finds its listeners. But for those who are, contrast-bath of cross-grain
and the most tender chamber-music-whispers turns out to be an adventure full
of relish: 16 miniatures that attest to maximum ingenuity.“
Jazz cd of the month
Rondo, Klaus von Seckendorff, 22.10.2005
„ Currently, the upstarter concerning jazz piano who is mostly paied regard
to, is Carsten Daerr. The congenial trio with Oliver Poratz on bass and Eric
Schaefer on drums sovereignly navigates through 16 new compositions. Nothing
here sounds as if it was already discovered or already ticked off, no, lame compromises
are consciously avoided.“ CB
Star Wars and Feldmann – Carsten Daerr Trio (Feature)
- Thanks to his skills concerning his technique of playing, Carsten Daerr,
hoping for a wider audience, could also position himself as a neo-romantic
tarred with the same brush as Bred Mehldau. But the berlin pianist consequently
remains with a more extensive approach to the current events in music. Daerr’s
pieces are complex sound-spaces in the tradition of the experimental modernity,
which, with Eric Schaefer (drums) and Oliver Poratz (bass), interlace to communicative
motive-networks: Jazz to listen to with a lot to thrive on!“
Stereoplay 11/2005, Ralf Dombrowski
„The piano trio, in jazz at the latest since Beill Evans a very own, fascinating
instrumentation, that over again created great moments, is to a big part in discussion
again because of the success of the Esbjörn Svenson Trio. And of course
every new piano-trio is to be compared with EST. You can absolutely do so, if
you’re driving at a real comparison, so to say the determination of differences
and similarities. The trio of Carsten Daerr is, like the Swedes, a very extensive
ensemble. They come to the point as well as they wallow, but admittedly that’s
what they do more rarely. For Daerr, Oliver Poratz (bass) and Eric Schaefer (drums)
are too much interested in exploring new ways, without condescending too far
to avantgarde fields. Daerr’s way of playing clearly shows the preoccupation
with the classics of new music, which he combines with modern jazz stylistics,
without chumming up to a pop-audience. With the second album „Bantha Food“,
the Carsten Daerr trio establishes itself as one of the most interesting formations
of Germany’s jazz-scene.“
- "New notes are needed on the market and the berlin pianist delivers them
in droves. His one-hour-march through the black and white instances pleases
even the one who has no love for a whiff of intellectual sound-spectra. The
cause for that might be the subliminal harmony, resonating in each song, that
isn’t instantly comprehensible after the first superficial listening,
but leaves obvious traces in the subconsciousnes."