Wolfgang Haffner. Kind Of Spain. US 2017
Award-winning German drummer Wolfgang Haffner is doffing the cap to both Mendoza and to Mardin – the latter died in 2006. On “Kind of Spain” Haffner and an acoustic sextet have combined the music of the Iberian peninsula and jazz. The first track “For Vince & Arif” is a tribute to both of the great arrangers – the drummer worked several times with both of them. “During the session,” remembers Haffner, “Siggi played us one of the tracks from “Jazzpaña”. It had those typical flamenco hand-claps. We spontaneously decided to sample the claps, and jammed over them.” Following on from the successful 1950’s cool jazz and bop excursions in “Kind of Cool”, “Kind of Spain” is again with an 100% acoustic band. Traditional Spanish music meets jazz. A cultural heritage which is more than 500 years old encounters the blue notes of the New World; flamenco and folklore meet new compositions by the bandleader. The vibe created by this sextet is introvert, warm and atmospheric, and the listener’s mind might easily drift off… to a roof terrace somewhere in Granada by night, perhaps.
All About Jazz: One of the striking things about Kind Of Cool is the presence of so many classic, world famous, tunes. Most of them, in the right hands, have come to epitomise cool jazz nd these interpretations carry on that fine tradition.
AllMusic: So who knew? Spanish music…played by German and Swedish jazz musicians. Who would have guessed that so much Mediterranean passion and sensitivity can exist north of the Alps? And the answer is: everyone who knows Wolfgang Haffner.
YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HgNK31vups
Artist :Wolfgang Haffner
WOLFGANG HAFFNER Band
WOLFGANG HAFFNER: drums