What a little beauty of a ballad this track, ‘Good Wine’, is.
Emanating from the unusual pairing on Housewarming and their debut out at the end of July by trombonist Nils Wogram and pianist Bojan Z there's a twist in the tale as you listen the pair generating a change in emphasis and tempo that transforms the piece way beyond the initial woozy atmosphere of an Ellingtonian reverie into something completely of their own unique devising via Bojan Z’s masterly nods to stride and latin figures and the rhythmic motion a powerful engine behind the Juan Tizol-like Wogram.
The pair met at the Jazz D’Or festival four years ago and the rest as they say is history, “a mix of jazz roots stuff, influences from the Balkans, elements from rock/pop and contemporary classical music,” as they see their work together.
Their album was recorded at a residential studio located in an old mill where the pair lived, rehearsed and recorded in congenial circumstances that seemed to have spurred the pair on if this glimpse is anything to go by.
Wogram was born in 1972 in Braunschweig in Germany, studied in New York in the early 1990s and has released more than two dozen albums as a leader since the turn of the new millennium.
Bojan Z is in his late forties, the elder of the pair, and is simply one of Europe’s most extravagantly accomplished jazz piano players, a winner of the European jazz prize way back, with his best records stemming from his Label Bleu period, in terms of imaginative flair and virtuosity stretching the core bop and beyond traditions like elastic as if he might even be a Serbian Django Bates.