was the other star of this evening. He handled the drums with cool,
Dresdener Neuste Nachrichten
Ernst Bier, an interesting and melodic drummer
Godehard Lutz / Jazzpodium
Ernst Bier is
a masterful drummer with an appreciation of the diverse applications
of his instrument as a means of expressing a range of voices; his
solos exhibit a commanding understanding of the instrument.
Gerhard Hopfe / Jazzpodium
Photo: Mehmet Dedeoglu
Ernst Bier used
every possible means to entice a variety of tones out of his drum
Katri Zill / Kölner Stadtanzeiger
Ernst Bier plays
the rhythms, feels them, embodies them, while keeping in contact
with the others, observing, listening, and feeling.
The best word
to describe Ernst Bier's drumming is to use that adjective so beloved
by the English-speaking jazz critics: "crisp".
Peter Niklas Wilson / Jazzpodium
Ernst Bier is
one of the few drummers who radiates joy when he plays. Even during
the most complicated rhythms and deepest points of concentration,
he is busting his buttons from the pleasure of playing.
is bubbling over with humor and musicality.
M. Laurentius / Bonner Rundschau
Bier deserves the highest praise; he thinks melodically, assures
for lively rhythms, tonal surprises, and, when necessary, for unbridled
Reiner Ruhl / Fuldaer Zeitung
Ernst Bier not
only injects the compositions with life; he also stirs up dramatic
and dynamic elements that leave listeners ears glued to the music.
Peter Stegmaier / Jazzpodium
drumming was infectiously exciting; he always provided the calm
with an elastic groove.
Rainer Köhl / Frankfurter Rundschau
were also these reviews:
There was only
one musician who seemed not to have understood the session's principal
of give-and-take: drummer Ernst Bier, whose playing was a continual
nerve-jangling, insensitive cacophony.
Thomas Wörtche / Jazzpodium
Bier is definitely not one of the most agile and elegant players
among German drummers; but he has sense enough to push the rest
of his group into the forefront.
Arne Schumacher / Jazzthetik