It would be hard to imagine German jazz without Julia Hülsmann and her trio, who for 18 years now have never failed to impress, and have helped shape contemporary jazz in Germany and beyond.
With an enormous range of musical expression at its disposal, pianist Hülsmann's trio remains distinctive in it's style: essential, condensed and at the same time with a wonderful openness.
With long-time collaborators bassist Marc Muellbauer and drummer Heinrich Köbberling, Hulsmann has reached an extraordinary degree of interaction and with them, in impressive simplicity, reflects the essence of melody. For that is secretly her big topic: the search for the lost melody.
The "poet of German jazz" does not shy away from pop songs, art songs or theatre music which with their new minimal character sound as if they had been invented by her, while her own compositions sound like standards. And yet her style is unique: always with room, breath and frugality, with feelings but not sentimentalities.
'Hülsmann is an artist inclined toward the darker colors and the Zen of less is more. Her ensemble belongs with other ECM piano trios because it is a participatory democracy. Bassist Marc Muellbauer and drummer Heinrich Köbberling are fully articulate individual voices, not accompanists.'
Thomas Conrad, Jazz Times (USA).
Julia Hulsmann - Piano
Marc Muellbauer - Double Bass
Heinrich Kobberling- Drums