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Florian Hoefner (pianist, composer)


Florian Hoefner Group
  • The Narrows -
  • In Circles -
  • Luminosity -
  • Newfound Jig -
  • Elements -
  • Reminiscence -
  • The Bottom Line -
  • Northern Country -
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also feat. Seamus Blake, Sam Anning, Peter Kronreif

released: 2016

Label: Origin Records

Catalogue no.: 82706

About the album


For his third recording on Origin Records, pianist Florian Hoefner uses the highly evolved musical relationship he’s forged over the last several years touring with bassist Sam Anning and drummer Peter Kronreif as a springboard for nine new compositions. Adding the singular voice of the eminent saxophonist Seamus Blake, a more recent addition to the band, Hoefner’s well-calibrated touch, bedrock time feel and contrapuntal ingenuity animate the performances, while Blake’s lyric declamations soar throughout. “…he crafts strong melodies and develops them with an enviable focus that makes his songs memorable and so damn enjoyable to hear.” – emusic.

 …already now you can feel the strong and intimate bond that unites these musicians…A rare find and unique, their interplay follows and draws Pindaresque emotional rooms: passion, pain, joy and suffused meditative moments.

Produced by Florian Hoefner
Recorded by Michael Brorby at Acoustic Recordings, New York City, June 8-9, 2015
Mixed & mastered by Dave Darlington at Bass Hit Studios, New York City
Edited by Tyler McDiarmid
Photography: Krysta Brayer
Cover design and layout by John Bishop


Ottawa Citizen (Chris Maskell)

Overall, Luminosity is an excellent release. World-class playing on all accounts makes Hoefner’s already solid compositions sound even stronger, and the large variety between tracks gives the record great replay value. Without a doubt, Canada has gained a great asset to its jazz scene through this pianist’s move to our East Coast.

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New York City Jazz Record (Ken Micallef)

Throughout, Hoefner’s music is as thoughtful as it is thought-provoking. Far from a collection of tunes with separate meanings and musical messages, Luminosity is a complete work, so unified one forgets where one track ends and the next begins. It is the essence of flow, as clear as a stream rushing by and equally invigorating.

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Audiophile Audition (Doug Simpson)

Musical storytelling which mixes compositional originality with instrumental brilliance.

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The Australian (John McBeath)

A fine collection of compositions interpreted with deep expression and highly skilled group integration.

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Something Else! (S. Victor Aaron)

They say the third time is the charm, and Florian Hoefner’s third album Luminosity has charm, freshness, dynamism and more. Evidently, heading up to far-eastern Canada was a good move for him.
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Downbeat (Brian Zimmerman)

Luminosity, his starkly picturesque new album, makes profound statements from quiet moments. […] There is serious density to this music. Prepare to explore it on end.

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Jazz Journal (Brian Morton)

Hoefner turns a self-imposed challenge into a poetic conception of real depth. […] Luminosity it out there and it’s the real deal

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