Peter Ponger & Peter Herbert Duo (A)
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Probably the most complete Austrian jazz pianist, the seasoned "maverick" Peter Ponger. He has brought to perfection his lyrically spun sound worlds, wafted by romantic diction, culminating in fluid agility - the intricacy of poetic subtlety. Reified with, the musical process advancing virtuosity and his extraordinarily gift of the melodic fantasist. Placed in a tonal space with flexible boundaries. Within a very short time the pianist sinks into a continuum of the most multifaceted eventfulness and lets his affinities to Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett echo in irrefutable ownership. Coupled with an explicit understanding of form, Ponger pushes open spaces into which he plants virtuoso cascades. Singlenote meanderings bubble along, harmonically sophisticated block chord towers reach for the clouds. Abstract scatterings rain down. Incessantly the musician stretches time in order to be able to travel through unfathomed realms of timbres and rhythms. This often results in improvisational celebrations in the tension between extroverted introspection and measured exuberance. Whether solo or in a collective. (Hannes Schweiger)
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