Hidden beauty - that would be another way of expressing Elusive Beauty, the title of Schunke's new recording. This is the most radical album to date by Schunke, who comes from Berlin and who has been seen as a visionary of Latin Jazz, ever since his debut CD Symbiosis which he recorded in New York in 2000 together with Antonio Sanchez and John Benitez. It's a reputation that was masterfully reinforced by his album Genesis, Mystery and Magic of 2014. This recording, with stars from Europe and the USA including Nils Wogram and Alex Sipiagin, drew Schunke into 5-star album reviews of the most important publications worldwide, and the German magazine Jazz thing hailed it as a masterpiece. But after this big success, which drew on all Schunke's previous creative work, creating a bridge between Latin culture, progressive jazz and European classical music, the pianist thought it was time for a break. I wanted to rediscover the piano for myself and not be limited, to be unbounded, so to speak, the 44-year-old pianist said. The result of years of piano and music research and soul-searching, during which Schunke drew inspiration from such different figures as the British composer Harrison Birtwistle or the US percussionist Tyshawn Sorey, can now be heard on Elusive Beauty.