Wolfgang Haffner & Band
Wolfgang Haffner is THE German jazz drummer. He has won two ECHO Jazz awards as well as countless other prizes. Since starting his career with the legendary Albert Mangelsdorff, his technically brilliant playing has featured on more than 400 albums. This year the Franconian musician will be completing an album trilogy: Kind of Tango follows the 1950s jazz excursions of Kind of Cool and the fusion of jazz with traditional Spanish music on Kind of Spain. For the drummer, the new record is explicitly not a pure tango album, but an 'attempt to translate this attitude to life into my musical world'. Together with his high-calibre acoustic quintet, the 'man with the golden wrists' will open the doors to melodic jazz worlds that are at times melancholic, at times energetic – but always infused with brilliant rhythms.