Another valuable rarity rescued from the vaults! This solo piano album by Urs Voerkel has a stellar reputation among the few lucky enough to hear it. The album has earned comparisons to Thelonious Monk, Lennie Tristano, and even Professor Longhair while clearly forging its own distinct musical path. Intrepid and addictive, it’s a compelling combination of American and European idioms that still sounds fresh.
Urs Voerkel Archives
This exceptionally rare trio date led by pianist Urs Voerkel is full of racheting tensions and blissful dissipations. Percussionist Lovens and bassist Frey deliver sympathetic accompaniment, knowing when to underpin the melodic motifs and when to undermine them. There’s an impressive sense of percolating momentum and tumult that never lets up. As Melody Maker wrote on its release: “Really, you should hear this album!”