Till Bronner and Dieter Ilg

"Nightfall"

(Okeh); Jazz

By ​Phil ​Bennett

French cigarettes, finger snaps, the soft glow of reflected streetlights, and soft words whose power increases the less that is said.

This is the twilit world of Till Bronner’s Chet Baker- inspired trumpet crooning.

Together with snake fingered double bassist, Dieter Ilg, they create a sound of deep blue, drawn together by sketches rather than the complete picture, leaving the listener’s imagination a field of melodic pathways to play in.

Whether it’s the gorgeous almost psychedelic trumpet skitter on Nobody Else But Me or the melancholically melodious mood invoked on Body And Soul, theirs is a unique blend that draws you in like a late night whisper.

There are apparently no rules here. What happens in Nightfall stays in Nightfall.

From the electronically treated sounds on Will I Am’s Scream And Shout, the scattershot musical spatter and scatter of Wetterstein, or the reimagining of Bach’s Air, the ideas and sounds ring ancient and fresh in the same breath.

Unhampered by the need for harmony instrumentation, the duo explore each other’s worlds freely and without prejudice.

This is mighty interesting music, that remains eminently listenable and enjoyable, a collision that pulls in the best of both worlds.

Bizarrely beautiful.

​Phil ​Bennett

Musician, actor, singer, music reviewer, Phil’s interests cover a lot of bases and this is reflected in the music he writes about. From blues to soul, ambient to electronic, Phil writes about artists he feels are interesting, true to their craft and worthy of your ears.