Pianist Harmen Fraanje returns to NativeDSD Music with his 4th Stereo and Multichannel DSD release. We Were There is a new DSD 256 Stereo and DSD 256 Multichannel recording on the Just Listen label that features the trio of Ernst Reijseger (Cello, Vocals), Harmen Fraanje (Piano), and Mola Sylla (Vocals, Percussion).
The trio has been described as ‘the perfect amalgam of Jazz, African Songs and Classical Music’ (1). They have released two earlier albums for Winter and Winter and made the music for several films that were directed by well known filmmaker Werner Herzog.
‘Cellist Ernst Reijseger, pianist Harmen Fraanje and Senegalese singer-percussionist Mola Sylla are able to create their own language on stage like no one else; and although it might not be directly understood, it can be felt very clearly’. (2)
The trio makes fierce and beautiful music that is also melancholy and always heavily supported by the excellent voice of their African singer. The exuberant, improvised piano playing of Fraanje and the subtle melodies of Reijseger make for an eclectic, sometimes spiritual whole where nothing is what it seems.”
(1) Quote by North Sea Jazz Festival, Rotterdam, Netherlands (2) Quote by John Kelman, AllAboutJazz, USA