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Susanne Abbuehl
The Gift

Susanne Abbuehl voice
Matthieu Michel flugelhorn
Wolfert Brederode piano, Indian harmonium
Olavi Louhivuori drums, percussion
The Cloud
This And My Heart
If Bees Are Few
My River Runs To You
Ashore At Least
Forbidden Fruit
By Day, By Night
A Slash Of Blue
Wild Nights
In My Room
Bind Me
Soon (Five Years Ago)
Fall, Leaves, Fall
Shadows On Shadows
This And My Heart, var.

Recorded July - August 2012

ECM 2322

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Singer Susanne Abbuehl has a unique approach to setting verse, getting inside the texts, exploring their inner melodies and rhythms, setting them free to float and sway. 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. New to the ensemble are Matthieu Michel, a highly intuitive musical partner since 2009, whose flugelhorn is a wonderful second voice here, and Olavi Louhivouri, whose sensitive drumming was previously heard on Tomasz Stanko’s Dark Eyes.