The Gift

The Gift

Susanne Abbuehl

Label: ECM
Format: CD
Barcode: 0602537270842
Catalog number: ECM 3727084
Releasedate: 10-05-13
  • In her albums of sung poetry, Susanne Abbuehl grants words room to move
  • Singer Susanne Abbuehl has a unique approach to setting the texts, exploring their inner melodies and rhythms, setting them free to float and sway
  • Matthieu Michel is a highly intuitive musician, whose flugelhorn is a wonderful second voice on this album
  • Olavi Louhivouri's sensitive drumming was previously heard on Tomasz Stanko’s Dark Eyes
The approach is beautifully realized on “The Gift”, recorded in the South of France in the summer of 2012. Poetry embraced on this occasion includes words by Emily Dickinson, Emily Bronté, Sara Teasdale, Wallace Stevens, and Susanne’s own lyrics. In the seven years that have elapsed since the release of Compass, Abbuehl’s band has been reorganized. Wolfert Brederode remains an important, central presence.