Christian Prommer Drumlesson Volume 1

Christian Prommer is part of the Sonar Kollektiv orbit and he’s come up with one of the most appealing formulas for jazzy dance floor loveliness in recent years. Best known for his work with the Truby Trio and Fauna Flash, the band he’s assembled here are an augmented piano trio. The sounds are piano, bass and rhythm but percussion and some computer programming enter into it. Actually, there’s a lot of computer content in these tunes — they’re all bossa jazz covers of techno and house classics. There’s some serious chutzpah in taking on some of the most beloved club anthems of all time and — gasp! — making them organic. Like Senor Coconut in reverse, Derrick May’s "Strings of Life,” Masters At Work’s "The Nervous Track” and the granddaddy of them all, Krafwerk’s "Trans Europe Express” take on new dimensions in groove through the Prommer method. Who knew the melodies to these tracks were so grandiose? It sounds as though doomy piano experimentalist Matthew Shipp decided to front a turbocharged Ramsey Lewis trio. This follows in the grand tradition of groups like the Bad Plus completely radicalizing pedestrian pop into much bolder statements, except this is decidedly more for dancing. (Sonar Kollektiv)