cover carsten daerr trio - PurpleCoolCarSleep

Carsten Daerr Trio
20 OCT 2003

Traumton CD_4472
EAN/UPC 705304300923



  • 1. Dümpeln 7:14
  • 2. Shunyata 4:48
  • 3. Pygmi Up! 1:26
  • 4. Der Regenmann 4:24
  • 5. Stuffed Piano 1:33
  • 6. Nonen Est Omen 4:11
  • 7. Pap 2:13
  • 8. September 7:21
  • 9. Nardism 6:11
  • 10. Purplecoolcarsleep 1:24
  • 11. Ludens Ludentis 5:04
  • 12. For Kenny Kirkland († November 1998) 5:45
  • 13. Standard Imitation ( My Funny Valentine) 6:24
  • 14. Drum Afterlude 2:15


Music 1, 4, 5, 8, 9, 12, 13: Carsten Daerr
Music 7: Oliver Potratz
Music 2, 3, 6, 11, 14: Eric Schaefer
Music 10: Carsten Daerr, Eric Schaefer, Oliver Potratz
All tracks published by Traumton Musikverlag
Recorded and mixed by Hrolfur Vagnsson at Vagnsson Studios, Hamburg
Produced by Carsten Daerr


Carsten Daerr piano
Oliver Potratz bass
Eric Schaefer drums


Laconically, pianist Carsten Daerr gives credit for the title »PurpleCoolCarSleep«, the smallest miniature on his trio-album, to the magnets on his refrigerator door. Magnetic Poetry – PurpleCoolCarSleep, there could hardly be a more fitting name for this debut album.

Vivacity and passion, coolness on the edge of understatement, daredevil skill, speed and acceleration, and instinctive calm in detail. The only title composed jointly by Carsten Daerr, bassist Oliver Potratz and drummer Eric Schaefer becomes the whole program, not only poetically, but musically, Daerr spans the bridge from everyday associative sounds that »stick« in your ear to sophisticated compositions. The idea behind it is collective; the trio has existed since 1997 with a mission – to reflect the great common affinity they have to New Music and contemporary improvisation in the form of a jazz-piano trio.

Carsten Daerr grew up with classical music, but he soon felt its limits. Through Sting, he discovered Kenny Kirkland, a short time later Herbie Hancock and Pat Metheny. He was fascinated by the open structure of jazz and it opened the way for him to combine musical strains of the most different kinds. »A particular musical philosophy as the single basis to build everything upon would constrain me too much. Music is created by opening up to many different things. Schubert, Hindemith, Messiaen and Feldman are just as important to me as Sting, Radiohead, and Aphex Twins,« says Carsten Daerr today, and even goes beyond this variety, »More than other musicians, sounds from my surroundings are inspiring me right now though, most especially sounds and noises from Berlin. But the diverse sounds of nature as well. Every noise is music to me.«

This diversity determined his way as a studio musician and sideman in recent years. Even when he seemed to be going quietly, his appearances convinced with distinction, solid style and confidence. A man who has left his mark.
On PurpleCoolCarSleep, he not only appears as a pianist, but as a composer as well. His signature is very characteristic and subtle; it doesn’t only leave its mark on his compositions, but on those of his fellow musicians as well. Contrary to the spirit of post-modernism which uses, plunders and collages, Carsten Daerr processes traditions and structures into his own new musical language, making the album amazingly homogenous in spite of small stylistic strayings. His piano playing is equally relaxed and succinct. His improvisations develop fire under his control. Classical elegance and severity melt with playful caprioles and dynamic breakouts into a vivaciously powerful awareness of the moment. Purple Cool Car Sleep – Magnetic Poetry.

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»Young, uncloned pianists are a rarity. Carsten Daerr isn’t suffering from jazz-academics. The Berlin musician concentrates much more on developing creative uniqueness and cultivating interplay with bassist Oliver Potratz and Eric Schaefer on the drums. This makes ›PurpleCoolCarSleep‹ a joyfully independent piano-trio album, at times reminding of Brad Mehldau with a pinch of Jason Moran, but otherwise consequently modern.  Anybody who breaks into the scene with such command definitely has a future.«
Stereoplay Klangtipp | Ralf Dombrowski | Dezember 2003

»What this pianist has managed to do with his trio is more than just a valuable enrichment. Once again it’s about the liaison between European classical and jazz. Daerr is adept in New Music’s composition techniques, but he doesn’t just combine this with the Bill-Evans School jazz concept – his model is Kenny Kirkland,and that means he loves Postbop-Powerplay, crushing chords from the left hand, and plenty of racket from the drums.
And Daerr’s harmonic extravagance is exactly what makes the effect extremely invigorating. We’re waiting for more.«
Jazzthing | Johannes Völz | November 2003

»Carsten Daerr’s compositions are often unconventional – clearly structured arrangements change off abruptly with unbridled improvisations - and this has style, keeping track of this trio is sheer joy. Far removed from any trends, these three strictly adhere to the tradition of pure instrumental-jazz and don’t only sound contemporary doing it, but refreshingly modern and absolutely up-to-date. So was this album overdue? And how: Bravo!« | Peggy Thiele | November 2003

»Carsten Daerr has recorded a trio album with his partners Oliver Potratz and Eric Schaefer that unlike most German productions, has enormous power. Although classics like ›Nardis‹ and ›My Funny Valentine‹ are quoted or interpreted, although the starting-point is really conservative, there are clear forms, no rapping guests or other gimmicks – there is no redundancy, no painting by numbers.
  The brief lyrics elucidate the songs just as concisely and warmly as the trio emphatically gets to the point with its own musical ideas. I look for venerable old names to describe this rookie’s piano playing and come up with Jackie Terrasson, Jason Moran and Esbjörn Svensson. They have a lot on Daerr in life experience and technical brilliance, but what I mean is the effect of making people sit up and listen with very little means, and reminding them that this here is now.«
Jazzthetik | Eric Mandel | Dezember 2003

»Berliner originality instead of US-defined tradition consciousness. No piano trio has entered the German scene with so much originality since Jens Thomas. Carsten Daerr combines free stuff with pronouncedly lyrical playing and manages, like Eric Schaefer on the drums, to make even adventurous changes sound round and casually original.
Rolling Stone | Klaus von Seckendorff | Februar 2004

»…an excellent warm-up from Berliner pianist Carsten Daerr, … on this CD you find an improbable creative freshness, far removed from any other piano trio conventions. He says his inspirations are Schubert, Hindemith, Kenny Kirkland and street noises of downtown Berlin. And just as contradictory and at the same time logical is the final acoustic result., which captivates through enormous harmonic and pianistic imaginativeness and establishes a new connection between European ›art‹ music and jazz. All the facets of a piano’s sound are put into play on his album ›PurpleCoolCarSleep‹ - occidental playing tradition, string plucking and prepared piano. Kagel and Cage would love it.«
keyboards | Christoph Spendel | 8/2004