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Florian Hoefner (pianist, composer)

Songs Without Words

Florian Hoefner Group
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also feat. Mike Ruby, Sam Anning, Peter Kronreif

released: 2012

Label: Origin Records

Catalogue no.: 22089

About the album

Songs Without Words

New York-based pianist Florian Hoefner, best known in his native Germany through tours with the group Subtone, brings his unique brand of modern jazz to New York City with “Songs Without Words.” Using many of his contemporaries in the New York jazz scene, the two-time winner of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award presents a set of original compositions with appeal to a wide span of music fans and jazz lovers alike.

Florian Hoefner – piano
Mike Ruby – tenor & soprano saxophones
Sam Anning – bass
Peter Kronreif – drums

Produced by Florian Hoefner
Recorded by Michael Brorby at Acoustic Recording, NYC
May 9th and 10th 2011
Mixed & mastered by Dave Darlington at Bass Hit Studio, NYC
Edited by Tyler McDiarmid
Photography by Maximilian Motel
Cover design and layout by John Bishop


emusic Review (Dave Sumner)

This is one of those modern jazz recordings that, at first blush, seems like a straight-ahead affair. But then the melodies get dreamy and the rhythms sparkle and crack on the surface of the composition, and it just doesn’t do to call it straight ahead anymore. Pianist Hoefner rounds out a quartet with tenor/soprano sax, bass and drums, for a series…

Jazz in Space (Nick Bewsey)

Currently based in New York, the German pianist Florian Hoefner launches his stateside debut, ‘Songs Without Words’, (OA2 Records) a sturdy, involving recording of original tunes that showcases Hoefner’s lyrical style and impressive band mates. Mike Ruby on tenor and soprano saxophones, bassist Sam Anning and Peter Kronreif on drums (each of them a …

BR-Klassik, Bavarian Radio (Germany)

When a young European jazz musician gains ground in the USA it is for a reason. And in this case, you will immediately hear the reason. Pianist, Florian Hoefner, born 1982 in Nuremberg (also known as a member of the very successful German group Subtone) who has been living in New York City since 2008 does not only play the piano in a clear, …

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