Wolfgang Maiwald Trio | The Silent Ones

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The Silent Ones

by Wolfgang Maiwald Trio

The follow-up to the critically acclaimed debut album "Two Faces". A contemporary jazz piano trio, tastefully indulging in the pianist’s beautiful, original compositions featuring catchy, narrative melodies, compelling grooves and lyrical improvisations.
Genre: Jazz: Piano Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Flamencina
4:23 $0.99
2. Tribute to Rob
4:53 $0.99
3. Toontune
6:28 $0.99
4. Song of Songs
6:24 $0.99
5. Circles
5:38 $0.99
6. The Silent Ones
6:01 $0.99
7. Passion Dances
5:54 $0.99
8. Fornette
5:00 $0.99
9. Light Changes
2:46 $0.99
10. Lament
6:05 $0.99
11. Mr J.T.
6:01 $0.99
12. Sonrisa
4:02 $0.99
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Album Notes
When Wolfgang Maiwald surprisingly debuted with his CD ‘Two Faces’, he insinuated to his listeners that he was showing two audile faces. One emanating the influence of rock and pop from the eighties, the other one enlightened by the inspiring jazz performances of pianists like Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea. In retrospective, one might conclude that Maiwald was looking for his own voice. With ‘The Silent Ones’, his new CD, he appears to have found it.

On ‘The Silent Ones’, Maiwald, born and raised in Germany who settled in Amsterdam in 1990 and graduated with distinction from the Amsterdam Conservatory in 1995, is accompanied by Guus Bakker on bass and Pim Dros on drums.

The new album showcases a contemporary jazz piano trio, tastefully indulging in the pianist’s beautiful, original compositions. Of course, Maiwald is the first among peers, but he also grants his partners ample space, often leading to a superior unity.

‘The Silent Ones’ features nine original compositions by Wolfgang Maiwald. Base player Guus Bakker contributed ‘Fornette’, the freest composition, based on the style of Ornette Coleman, in which the bassist plays a substantial role. In addition, Wolfgang unearthed Herbie Hancock’s musical gem ‘Sonrisa’, as well as the more familiar ‘Lament’ by trombonist J.J. Johnson.

Maiwald is an admirer of others, which he likes to show in his writing. In ‘Tribute to Rob’ he honors his teacher, Dutch pianist Rob Madna, with a ballad that recollects the intellectual deliberation of this renowned pianist. ‘ToonTune’ is dedicated to Dutch saxophonist Toon Roos who will be celebrating his 50th anniversary this year, and with ‘Mr J.T.’ he shows his respect for British pianist John Taylor.

In all pieces, with highlights like ‘Song of Songs’, the rotating ‘Circles’ and the title-track ‘The Silent Ones’, Wolfgang Maiwald establishes himself as a skillful, lyrical, melody-loving pianist who has claimed his position in Europe’s major league of jazz pianists.


"As a Jazz pianist and composer myself, I am adding Wolfgang to my list of favorite players like Fred Hersch, Herbie Hancock and Keith Jarrett. I’m greatly impressed by the developments in his melodic, harmonic and rhythmical approach. This CD reveals a piano player who has found his own, original way of writing and playing Jazz. Enjoy!”
Jazz pianist and former Director of Jazz Studies of the Hilversum Conservatory of Music (now merged with the Amsterdam Conservatory), The Netherlands



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