New From ECM in March: Julia Hülsmann Trio “Imprint”

Julia Hülsmann Trio
ECM 2177

Julia Hülsmann piano
Marc Muellbauer double-bass
Heinrich Köbberling drums

“On the second ECM disc from the popular Berlin-based Julia Hülsmann Trio, the leader’s themes stand out in stark relief, as if stamped or printed into the surrounding improvisation. Imprint offers highly communicative jazz in which melody, clearly-etched melody, is paramount.


Hülsmann is a gifted jazz-composer and there are surprises amongst her pieces here, including a powerfully-swinging Thelonious Monk tribute entitled Who’s Next. Bassist Muellbauer and drummer Köbberling also contribute intriguing tunes of their own, and this year’s offbeat cover version is a lilting Austrian Schlager tune from the 1940s, Kauf dir einen bunten Luftballon.

Releasing March 29, 2011

At Amazon the CD $15.77, the .mp3 album $9.49