'TWO FACES' is the debut trio album of jazz pianist Wolfgang Maiwald, together with bassist Guus Bakker and drummer Joost Kesselaar. Two Faces illustrates the two worlds of a pianist whose roots lie in the rock and pop music of the seventies and eighties, and who later became inspired by pianists like Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock and Keith Jarrett. Wolfgang Maiwald, a cum laude conservatory graduate in piano jazz studies, offers on this CD his vision on music of these two worlds. Two Faces is a disc that is not inundated with 'show-off' pianistic virtuosity. Rather, Wolfgang Maiwald gives all the space necessary to allow his fellow musicians to contribute and add color to his compositions. Technical brilliance occurs only where it is a natural process in improvisation. Two Faces is jazz music with nuance, currently, a rare find. The seven melodies of composer Maiwald, roam from pop to jazz. From the most pop influenced 'THE RIDDLE', to the purest jazz influenced 'CONDUCTION'. 'MIDNIGHT LOUNGE', a very relaxed and 'groovy' tune, shines in it's subdued playing and gentle crescendo. The beautiful interpretations of the jazz classic 'I FALL IN LOVE TOO EASILY' and Herbie Hancock's 'CHAN'S SONG' demonstrate Maiwald's ability to put his own stamp on a jazz standard. In Summary: a lovely, honest jazz album of three musicians who's musical and rhythmic freedom and space complement each other perfectly. Melodically, rhythmically, and harmonically fine music: recommended for the connoisseur and lover of the Jazz piano trio genre. Press quotes: "He has a real voice as a composer" Rick Margitza, tenor saxophonist with Miles Davis a.o., Paris 'The improvisations seem like extensions of the composed material in a way that is too often lacking in jazz groups. And this is a group! A very solid effort that merits being heard.' Dennis Luxion, jazz pianist and composer, jazz educator at Columbia College, Chicago 'Beautiful tunes. I was entirely enchanted. Amazing!" Takashi Yamamoto, DiskUnion, Japan "Generously beyond mediocrity. Very pleasant piano trio jazz!" Klaas Koopman, Dutch classical piano magazine "pianowereld" "Maiwald let's you hear what Mahler meant when he claimed that what's most important is not the notes but what extends beyond.' Rakendra Smit, Dutch music magazine 'Muziekwereld' "A very pleasant album, extremely melodic and with a certain playfulness. Beautiful trio!" Rene´ Steenhorst, Dutch newspaper "Telegraaf" "Maiwald has a romantic color palette. His sense of harmony is reminiscent of pianist Lyle Mays" Paul van den Belt, JazzPodium.com "I was thrilled by his fine approach to the piano. A surprise for lovers of the Jazz piano!" Jan Huydts, jazz pianist and former director of the Hilversum Conservatory jazz department "An album that will appeal to a large group of music lovers. Great sounding, easily accessible music, played by an experienced combo." Hans Koert, Dutch jazz blog 'keep swinging'