Joachim Kühn & Trummerschlunk
Playing Probabilities
ACT, 2020

July 30, 2020

Playing Probabilities is an experimental album that links jazz, avant-garde and electronics.

For many years Joachim Kühn and Klaus Scheuermann have worked side by side: the former is among the most famous German pianists, the latter his trusted sound engineer. Scheuermann is, however, also an electronic music experimenter known as “Trummerschlunk”, and it is in this role that he participates in “Playing Probabilities”, withTom Berkmann on double bass completing the line up.

The album, which was released yesterday for ACT, is an iconoclastic mix of electronics, jazz, free and ambient, which constantly displaces the listener. The initial “The Probe” is emblematic: before the arrival of the piano theme (melodic and well-designed) almost two minutes of sampled sounds pass which create an intense anxiety. “A-R-T-E-N-E” alternates more classical sections for piano only with ambient parts until the arrival of an aggressive and contemporary piano solo that flows into a dreamy part with a trip-hop flavor. “High Entropy” seems to be a mescaline dream for baroque / free piano elaborated by the Bristol scene of the late 90s.

The album is constantly developed this way, alternating pieces of sound worlds completely detached from each other that flow (in general) into each other seamlessly. An experimental, aggressive record that tries to unite worlds that are very different and (apparently) irreconcilable: the listener has to face the arduous sentence!



Joachim Kühn & Trummerschlunk Playing Probabilities  ACT, 2020 © Jazzespresso 2020

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