Drummer Wolfgang Haffner is one of Germany's most respected and experienced jazz musicians: his 30 year career features recordings with Al Cohn, Joe Pass and Till Bronner as well as numerous albums as leader. On Kind Of Cool he's joined by an excellent line-up of European jazzers, including pianist Jan Lundgren and trombonist Nils Landgren: their mix of classics and Haffner originals is a delight from first note to last.
Combining electronic rhythms and ambient synths with minimalist jazz, Shapes is the experimental 2006 release from NDR Bigband drummer Wolfgang Haffner. Produced by Nils Landgren, who also appears here on the trombone, Haffner's nu-jazz follow-up to Zooming includes 12 melodic and ethereal instrumentals featuring bassist Lars Danielsson, guitarist Frank Kuruc, and pianist Sebastian Studnitzky. ~ AllMusic
There is much to like about this album but it would be even more enjoyable if it had a few rough edges.
Having played on ACT albums by everyone from Nils Landgren (featured here) and Viktoria Tolstoy to the late Albert Mangelsdorff, drummer Wolfgang Haffner is adept at tailoring his percussive contributions to individual requirements. His own tastes, however, judged by the twelve compositions he's included on this, his debut album as a leader, lead him to that mix of ambient sounds, minimalism and drum-programme music frequently described as nu jazz.
Early 90s founded the guitarist Chuck Loeb, the keyboardist Mitchel Forman and drummer Wolfgang Haffner fusion formation Metro, which has since published several albums. Headed by Michael Abene, these three musicians now took on the album Big Band Boom together with the WDR Big Band and guests Nicolas Fiszman (bass) and Roland Peil (perc). The name says it all: Metro pieces in big band with funky horns and driving rhythm section!