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Carsten Daerr Trio
Bantha Food
26 SEP 2005

Traumton CD 4484
EAN/UPC 705304622124



  • 1. Drei-P-O 1:13
  • 2. Hängende Gärten 4:36
  • 3. Luuk 4:32
  • 4. Innen 4:58
  • 5. Weida 2:45
  • 6. Seekrank 2:41
  • 7. Joder 2:19
  • 8. Para uso casero 6:15
  • 9. Err-Zwo-De-Zwo 3:15
  • 10. Blume 3:22
  • 11. Schuhbacker 2:19
  • 12. Sonne 7:15
  • 13. Bantha Food 3:19
  • 14. Frost 5:12
  • 15. Schwarzer Zwerg (Epilog) 1:08
  • 16. Rastaman Frustration (negativ) 4:40


Music 2, 4, 6, 10, 12, 16: Carsten Daerr
Music 8, 14: Oliver Potratz
Music 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11: Eric Schaefer
Music 13, 15: Carsten Daerr, Eric Schaefer, Oliver Potratz
All tracks published by Traumton Musikverlag
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Wolfgang Loos at Traumton Studios, Berlin

Produced by Wolfgang Loos


Carsten Daerr piano
Oliver Potratz bass
Eric Schaefer drums


Hardly two years have passed since the release of »PurpleCoolCarSleep«, debut album of pianist Carsten Daerr in trio with bass-player Oliver Potratz and drummer Eric Schaefer, which was an immediate and convincing success. The press mentions him in the same breath with Jackie Terrasson, Jason Moran, Esbjörn Svensson and Brad Mehldau, not as much to compare but as to emphasize that a young pianist has appeared on the scene who speaks his own individual language.

A language that combines experimental sound aspects of E-music (whereby for Carsten Daerr the E stands more for experimental than earnest) classical stringency, awareness of tradition, bits and pieces from standards and pop as well as the fascination with noises of all sorts. Daerr is practiced in the composition techniques of »New Music« but he doesn’t just combine them with something like the Bill Evans school jazz concept. His idol is Kenny Kirkland, and that means he likes Postbop-Powerplay with an accordion roaring in his left hand and nice racket from the drums. This has an extremely invigorating effect, especially because of Daerr’s harmonic extravagance. »We are waiting for more…« wrote Jazzthing, and Stereoplay remarked »Anybody who breaks into the scene with such command definitely has a future.«

And that’s where Carsten Daerr is going with »Bantha Food«. Again, the title of the second album plays with association. Endless space, fantastic and highly imaginative. If »PurpleCoolCarSleep« was a game with bits and pieces, lined up and put together in a new way like the magnets from Magnetic Poetry on a refrigerator door, »Bantha Food« (if you think this is from »Star Wars« you’re right) moves into another dimension and plays with the concepts of space and time.

Seven years of playing together and working with experimental sounds have intensified the trio’s musical experience. »For us it’s no longer about renditions of standards or compositions in the classical sense, but sounding the depths of ideas and structures«, says Carsten Daerr. So you don’t find any more changes and chord symbols in the compositions; the borders between compositions and improvisations melt into one another. For them the most important thing is to lay down as little as possible, forcing nothing, giving ideas room to let them grow out of themselves, letting them emerge from the living moment. This is how they approach the core of the idea from the periphery, where structures naturally branch out and refine, expanding space, and how they cross musical thresholds, embracing the joy of playing, the lust for adventure, and the collective idea.

Carsten Daerr is fascinated by working with lyrics. Right now he’s working on a Rilke project, and with TUOMI’s debut album Tightrope Walker (in Trio with singer Kristiina Tuomi and bass player Carlos Bica ) he has just recently proven himself as a pianist and composer, putting his lyrical side into an impressive light. With »Bantha Food« he shows that he knows what fascination with good stories is all about, without words. He always manages to explore difficult terrain, to do a »reality check«, to discover possibilities unimagined, to deliver us from space and time, leaving us with sheer amazement in the end. And here he performs the small miracle of making the time fly by, in every sense of the word.


»Berlin pianist Carsten Daerr's Trio transfixed the twentysomething audience with the energy of an indie rock band. Capable of creating the elegant and the profound, they settled for the latter. Showing new ways of thinking and feeling about things is the defining task of a true artist, and Daerr did it - whatever you wanted to call his music.«
Guardian Unlimited | Stuart Nicholson | April 30, 2007

»2005’s most exciting record of a piano-trio with 16 subtile, temerarious miniatures fraught with spirit of adventure comes from Berlin.
The way Carsten Daerr, with Oliver Poratz on bass and a brilliant sound-explorer called Eric Schaefer on drums free new classical music from everything top-heavy and at the same time free jazz from patterns that were straining it for centuries, is something Bill Evans would never have dreamed of.«
Rolling Stone | Klaus von Seckendporff | 1/2006

»The classical piano-trio is in the center of attention in the jazz scene again, although it has always been present in the jazz medial background of Keith Jarrett. The german pianist Carsten Daerr with Oliver Poratz, bass, and Eric Schaefer, drums has found ›his trio‹.
On their second cd for the Berlin label Traumton, the musicians try to explore the sound capacities of their instruments. Plucking of strings, cluster and then again bubbling passages, descending to a dynamic unisono performance. Carsten Daerr surprises over again with new turnarounds, impressions and expressions in quick interplays between equal partners. The search for the unknown stands in the center, stillstand and outbreak of the compositions develop in an unexpected but coherent way: dynamic and calm as two equally strong poles, that reward the listener with a slightly different kind of ›family-music‹.«
Jazzzeit | (THO) | 11/2005

»Rastaman’s Frustration
They still exist, the demure things. And jazz-musicians who make them: The Carsten Daerr trio from Berlin defies the temptation of smoochy standards and loungy gallantry-goods and instead plays compositions without defined ›changes‹ and chord progressions. ›Bantha Food‹ (Traumton Records) connects the sound-exploration of modern experimental music and the powerful, full of relish play with different elements: Postbop-Powerplay, Reggae-Beats and impressionistic piano-improvisations fall in place to miniatures, which carry beautiful names like ›Rastaman Frustration (negativ)‹ and sound as if they were inspired by ›Star Wars‹ – adventures in the widths of the sound-cosmos.«
Lufthansa exclusive | 11/2005

»An undogmatic relationship to free performance unifies and honours Germany’s young piano-trio-(Avant)Garde. Jens Thomas and Michael Wollny don’t play free-jazz, but they play with free-jazz. And also Berlin pianist Carsten Daerr’s Trio makes, after the success of their vaunted debut ›PurpleCoolCarSleep‹, with the second album clear, what concertgoers already appreciate for quite a time: ›We’re not affixed on music that could be put into chord-changes for the Real Book. But we don’t want to do completely without tempting grooves, changes and melodies because of that.‹
Refusing to pay the admission price for the world of free-jazz that way, the enjoyably unagitated rebels come refreshingly near to a new invention of the piano-trio in the area of conflict of jazz and new classical music…
They experiment with sounds, structures- and amazing results: the new classical elements are improvisatorily animated instead of being congealed top-heavily.
Eric Schaefer’s drums can sound ten cubic centimetres small and in the next moment they strike out to a mighty attac. Also Oliver Poratz doesn’t have to struggle himself out of the classical role of setter of the fundament. The often conjured equality, here it comes for the same part radically as naturally. Even though this trio takes the risk of stroppy liberation-attemps, their music remains – even without the funny explanations in the booklet – comprehensible. When it finds its listeners. But for those who are, contrast-bath of cross-grain and the most tender chamber-music-whispers turns out to be an adventure full of relish: 16 miniatures that attest to maximum ingenuity.«
Jazz cd of the month
Rondo | Klaus von Seckendorff | 22.10.2005

»Currently, the upstarter concerning jazz piano who is mostly paied regard to, is Carsten Daerr. The congenial trio with Oliver Poratz on bass and Eric Schaefer on drums sovereignly navigates through 16 new compositions. Nothing here sounds as if it was already discovered or already ticked off, no, lame compromises are consciously avoided.«
jazzthing | (cb) | 9/2005

»Star Wars and Feldmann – Carsten Daerr Trio (Feature)«
Jazzthetik | 10/2005

»Thanks to his skills concerning his technique of playing, Carsten Daerr, hoping for a wider audience, could also position himself as a neo-romantic tarred with the same brush as Bred Mehldau. But the berlin pianist consequently remains with a more extensive approach to the current events in music. Daerr’s pieces are complex sound-spaces in the tradition of the experimental modernity, which, with Eric Schaefer (drums) and Oliver Poratz (bass), interlace to communicative motive-networks: Jazz to listen to with a lot to thrive on!«
Stereoplay | Ralf Dombrowski | 11/2005

»The piano trio, in jazz at the latest since Beill Evans a very own, fascinating instrumentation, that over again created great moments, is to a big part in discussion again because of the success of the Esbjörn Svenson Trio. And of course every new piano-trio is to be compared with EST. You can absolutely do so, if you’re driving at a real comparison, so to say the determination of differences and similarities. The trio of Carsten Daerr is, like the Swedes, a very extensive ensemble. They come to the point as well as they wallow, but admittedly that’s what they do more rarely. For Daerr, Oliver Poratz (bass) and Eric Schaefer (drums) are too much interested in exploring new ways, without condescending too far to avantgarde fields. Daerr’s way of playing clearly shows the preoccupation with the classics of new music, which he combines with modern jazz stylistics, without chumming up to a pop-audience. With the second album ›Bantha Food‹, the Carsten Daerr trio establishes itself as one of the most interesting formations of Germany’s jazz-scene.«
NOTES | (stone) | Oktober 2005

»New notes are needed on the market and the berlin pianist delivers them in droves. His one-hour-march through the black and white instances pleases even the one who has no love for a whiff of intellectual sound-spectra. The cause for that might be the subliminal harmony, resonating in each song, that isn’t instantly comprehensible after the first superficial listening, but leaves obvious traces in the subconsciousnes.«