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Joe Hertenstein's HNH / Press

“Toronto's Ken Waxman just reviewed my album HNH together with Bynum/Hébert/Cleaver's 'Book of Three': Some pretty good observations! http://www.jazzword.com/review/127441”

"This is Hertenstein's debut as a leader, and what his trio brings here is a pure delight, finding an interesting niche of incredibly rhythmic free improvisation : the music swings from beginning to end, but then with the improvisational and sonic freedom of modern music, with lots of tempo and rhythm changes, yet never losing the implicit pulse and forward drive that underpins every note they play. The trio leads us through abstract environments but the blues is never far away."

"HNH is definitely the kind of hip little record that might easily pass one by (especially in the vast Clean Feed catalog), but it’s well worth a second look."

"Three well-versed progressive jazz musicians from Germany, now calling New York City home, inject a starkness that uncannily transmutes into an upbeat program on HNH, the debut recording, led by drummer Joe Hertenstein."

"The strength of the HNH is its loose texture as well as the free-spiritedness and expressivity each of the musicians brings to the group improvisations. The trio focuses on a raw and sparse sonority that captures the joy of exploration of the unknown. The delicate, impromptu moments on this recording, when the sounds seem ready to collapse at any moment, are clearly musical goals and not merely unfortunate side effects. The trio trusts in its ability to invent freshly at every moment. Overall, HNH is recommended for fans of freely improvised music and for those looking for an adventurous approach to jazz without the heavy handedness of many free jazz groups."

"The seven pieces flow with barely any pauses and alternate between composers, maintaining the presumed intent of the album: to sound like a set-long free improv without actually being one. Heberer keeps his quartertone trumpet technique generally pure, without only the occasional purr or whoosh included for heft. Hertenstein practices that loose time-keeping so prevalent in Europe that the ignorant use to claim that an entire continent can’t swing. And Niggenkemper, of both French and German background, is oozing between the cracks offered by his trio mates."

"The musicians' collective output instills a shadowy glimmer to complement the rather persuasive and intricately developed story lines evidenced throughout HNH."

"Tight, fairly minimal free jazz."