In the current hype involving young German jazz pianists an exclamation mark should
be added to Christian Doepke'´s name.
Lyricism and groove should not be contradictory. The same applies to pace, depth
and gracefulness, let alone swing and intelligence. In addition, the compositions of
the Amsterdam-based pianist also tell wonderful stories, which really dots the i'´s.
Doepke, a romantic at heart like Bill Evans '?" who gets a beautiful tribute with Bill'´s Mood '?"
as well as a realist in the tradition of Horace Silver, has developed his own signature on
the 88 keys with a clear touch and a sovereign technique, that clearly distinguishes him
from the German jazz pianist masses.
You'´ll see someone buckled down to a concert grand, who is equally familiar with sunlit
open spaces in a forest and the liveliness of a metropolis, witness '??Heaven Knows'?? and
Looking For Trouble'??.
(Dr. Tobias Böcker, English translation by Emiel Wienholts)