© Jacky Lepage

There are thousands of ways to adapt “classical” to jazz. Pianist Anne Wolf does it with delicacy and parsimony, a little bit like with herbs in a traditional recipe. The addition of Sigrid Vandenbogaerde’s cello acts like a flavor enhancer to the piano-bass-drums trio. With this new repertoire, Anne Wolf broadens what started with her previous albums, enhancing perhaps even more the modern side of her jazz. Of course, melodies retain their protagonist role (keep what works!). In it, the cellist comes in to accompany an at times nostalgic, at times energetic piano, where, mixed with Latin flavors, lyricism rubs elbows with swing. Anne Wolf comes out as a true boss who avoids unrequited sweetness or the sentimental. Music takes the shape of a path on which to wander and fill the audience with wonder, with its countless changing reflections. Evident complicity allows the four musicians to play with such freedom, that it’s easy to move away from what could easily, and erroneously, be called “chamber jazz.” Sustained by Theo de Jong’s undulating electric bass and Lionel Beuvens’s firm and elegant drumming, Anne Wolf serves us a nicely savory dish.