For years, pianist Wolfert Brederode has been synonymous with innovative music in which jazz and classical music regularly intersect. With his new trio that he formed two years ago Brederode turns moderation into an art form. There are no more lengthy solos; instead, the notes he plays are carefully considered. After releasing the well-received albums Currents and Post Scriptum earlier, the Dutchman surprised everyone this spring with the outstanding album Black Ice, released on the leading label ECM. Brederode has recalled his former bassist Gulli Gudmundsson and roped in Dutch top drummer Jasper van Hulten. More than ever before, Brederode excels in composing clear melody lines. But it is his playing - and that of Gudmundsson and Van Hulten - that makes this an absolutely world-class trio.