wilfer & wilfer
In an age that seems to have lost its tune,
Playing duets is a particularly intimate form of music which places huge demands on both performers. Musical conversations like this have long been a highlight of jazz history, from the days of Armstrong and Earl Hines through Lee Konitz and Billy Bauer to Gary Burton and Chick Corea. The two Wilfers, father Rudi and son Felix, have taken up the baton by engaging in a fascinating dialog during which they manage to weave a web of musical storytelling in the finest jazz tradition.
Whether through the medium of fantastic interpretation over an eclectic set of harmonies or when following in the footsteps of such musical giants as Miles Davis, Steve Swallow, Michel Legrand or Sergei Rachmaninoff, and indeed when presenting their own original compositions such as “Stalagtites” or the “SchoenbrunnWalz” by Wilfer senior or “Dave”, “For Monk” and “Misty Vision” by Wilfer junior, the two performers frequently defy the definition of jazz as we know it. And in fact, the customary artistic labels become increasingly irrelevant as one submerges oneself in this tonal potpourri of styles and themes drawn from all the corners of the musical kingdom. What becomes clear is their mutual ability to shift through dynamic structures with virtuoso ease and sensitivity, at times even allowing themselves flights of exuberant euphony, with Rudi Wilfer, who has spent the last half century fusing the spirits of musical icons from Oscar Peterson to J.S. Bach, from Joe Zawinul to Beethoven, often providing an insistent “heartbeat” on the keyboard to rein in the youthful enthusiasm and the soaring sweeps of melody his son Felix evokes from his violin.
This recording is a magical mystery tour of notes and phrases leading the listener from lyrical sensation to barn-storming swing and all points in between.