Benedikt Jahnel Trio
Benedikt Jahnel: piano
Antonio Miguel: double bass
Owen Howard: drums
The trio with Spanish bassist Antonio Miguel and Canadian drummer Owen Howard has been an “invariant” in the life of Berlin based pianist Benedikt Jahnel. Hence the album title: The Invariant is issued as the group goes on tour to celebrate its tenth anniversary as a working unit. Opening track “Further Consequences” picks up where the critically-lauded Equilibrium left off, extending ideas about pianistic patterning and textural playing. Like many of Jahnel’s tunes an odd-metred piece, it also contains elements of swing in its solo sections, as the pianist reacts to the implications of Owen Howard’s drumming. A distinctive and original pianist, Jahnel is also a prolific writer and The Invariant pools the best of many pieces he has composed, road-tested and revised in the last five years, incorporating the dynamic responses of his trio partners into the fabric of the musical material.
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