The Wuppertal multi-instrumentalist Henrik Freischlader, who is primarily perceived as a guitarist and singer, loves the musical change of perspective: sometimes melodic pop-rock with an open visor and no blinkers ("Still Frame Replay", 2011), sometimes the big band version ("Who 33", 2017); but also as a trio ("Openness", 2016) or with Gary Moore glasses ("Blues For Gary", 2017) as a tribute to the musician who always inspired Freischlader and brought him closer to the blues. "Oldschool-like", as he likes to call it himself, he then went from the big band version in 2018 back to the core of blues and soul: "Hands On The Puzzle" was the title of the album.
"Missing Pieces", the new work of the Henrik Freischlader Band, with its puzzle-like cover, which can be put together again and again so that it always looks different, follows the predecessor from two years ago in many passages, is in fact another great musical puzzle game. And there are pieces that apparently don't fit together at all or are out of place. "Opening", as the name suggests the opening piece, sounds almost like a variation of the traditional Irish piece "Johnny Boy", which Gary Moore loved to include in his shows. "And we also included it on our 'Blues For Gary' album," adds the late thirties.