Winter, Anderson, Watts – WAW! (ENG review)

Street date June 7th 2024
Winter, Anderson, Watts – WAW!

A vibrant fusion of idioms from modern American and Danish jazz is precisely what this album offers, making it all the more intriguing by bringing these cultures together. The result is truly invigorating; while it may not reach the same level of excitement as Céline Bonacina’s “Jump” album, known for its cultural mix, this one is more conventional and likely more palatable for those who prefer a more classic jazz sound.

The story of this trio begins in 2008 when Andersson joined ‘Tain’ during a jazz workshop in Denmark. This encounter sparked admiration, leading to several invitations for Andersson to participate in various projects with the drummer. The concept of WAW! took shape when Andersson and Winther began a separate collaboration, realizing that their combined energies could create phenomenal harmony with ‘Tain’.

Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts is a true legend, celebrated as one of the most influential drummers of his generation, boasting a resume filled with collaborations with jazz legends such as George Benson, McCoy Tyner, and Harry Connick Jr., as well as three Grammy Awards for his work with the Branford Marsalis Quartet. It’s Watts’ presence that gives this album an intriguing edge, as the compositions, though somewhat classical, intermingle with Watts’ unique rhythms, creating a delightful blend that makes this album a standout. While it may not challenge conventional musical phrases extensively, it’s a highly enjoyable listen, and sometimes slipping into simplicity feels refreshing. Overall, one might find themselves more captivated by Watts’ drumming than the other musicians; Watts has that extra something that adds tremendous value to any group, particularly evident on tracks like “Deconstructing Mr. X,” where he is simply incredible, infusing a rhythmic force that seems to lead the other musicians, making the composition stand out.

In essence, this album will be most appealing to Watts’ fans, who will find him in a somewhat different role here than his usual.

Thierry De Clemensat
USA correspondent – Paris-Move and ABS magazine
Editor in chief Bayou Blue Radio, Bayou Blue News

PARIS-MOVE, May 6th 2024

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Line up:
Carl Winther | Piano
Richard Andersson | Double Bass
Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts | Drums

Track Listing:
Planet P
My Old Flame
Deconstructing Mr. X
Requiem for JW