Many readers might know Hellmut Hattler as bassist of the Krautrock fusionists Kraan and the acid jazz player Tab Two. In addition, the Ulm native has released seven solo records since 2000, of which "No Eats Yes" was awarded the ECHO prize. "Live Cuts II" now reviews Hattler's work of the last eight years, accompanied by Fola Dada (voc), Torsten de Winkel (g) and Oli Rubow (dr), with additional support from his buddies Jürgen Schlachter (dr) and Joo Kraus (trp). Whoever is familiar with Hattler's solo work knows that the 62-year-old has retained his musical openness and places no value on soloistic capers. Instead, his pieces are also based on a solid groove live, which impresses with its combination of electric bass, acoustic drums and programmed beats and makes you really happy. It has to be noted that Hattler's songs sound less individual in the loungeier moments ("Bon Ami", "Tag 2" ), while "The Kite", the bass vocal duet "Fine Days" and especially "Mirrorman" are performed outstandingly.
Top track: Mirrorman