Review on «Illustrate Magazine»

By Damien Reid

The influence of jazz is positively felt throughout the music biz. Our artists today create spectacular works of art that are equally inspiring and creative. Wolkenpark’s seven-piece album “Wizard Wisdom” definitely strikes a groove with its instrumental diversity. Through the inclusion of delightful basslines and a soothing trumpet at the helm, the musicians give us a breathtaking performance worth hearing on repeat.

Initiating the album with “Lazy Day” felt like a fresh start. The ensemble brings together a gripping tempo where a funky bass takes charge, and side-by-side a drummer’s dexterity is displayed. Aside from that, an enchanting trumpet keeps us hooked on its melody. The album’s title track is simply stunning. It’s a jaw-dropping combination of free jazz, and quite surprisingly hip hop! I was completely taken aback when the rap sections began and equally enticed when a fire bassline was in effect. The artists’ choice of song titles lived up to its essence, ‘cause there was some musical wizardry taking place I’ll tell you that much.

“Move on for Real” is jazz drumming at its peak. There’s so much work going on in this piece that will absolutely dazzle an audience. Kinda wish I saw the live performance! Especially the ending solos where the drummer goes full beast mode. With that being said, we move on to the album’s exit “Standing Back.” A beautiful melody that captures the expression of blues and slow jazz, befitting a strong conclusion.


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Review on «Indie Dock Music Blog»

By Vitali

The Swiss quartet Wolkenpark presented their debut album called ‘Wizard Wisdom’. The release took place at the end of last year, which allowed us to feel the full force of the musical insight and talent of this band. 

Wolkenpark is formed by 4 like-minded musicians who have an amazing experience of performing on stages of different levels. The record ‘Wizard Wisdom’ consists of seven tracks that are performed live and have elements of trip-hop, funk and jazz in its various manifestations.  

It is mostly instrumental music and only two tracks out of seven feature a guest rap artist ROOTWORDS, who added profound recitation with wise views. The rhythm section of the Wolkenpark band is a real rhythm machine, in which bass lines in groovy forms intersect with frantic drums. Elegantly trumpet and the Rhodes piano add to that magical power that amazes with its organicity and imagination.  

Listen to the album ‘Wizard Wisdom’ below on Spotify and immerse yourself in this celebration of real live music brought to us by the fantastic Wolkenpark. (13. 2. 2023)


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UK Jazz broadcast by Peter Slavid

Peter Slavid presented our track «Beromünster» in his jazz broadcast «Modern Jazz from around Europe»:

And any time on Mixcloud.com/ukjazz (check 07:00).

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