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Zurich Jazz Orchestra & Steffen Schorn: To My Beloved Ones

Read "To My Beloved Ones" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Multiple reedman, composer and arranger Steffen Schorn served a six-year tenure with the Zurich Jazz Orchestra. The collaboration resulted in a masterful trilogy of albums, Three Pictures (2018) and Dedications (2021), both on Mons Records, and now To My Beloved Ones. This is luxurious big band music, serious sounds. The traditions mix with modernity; moments of whimsy sneak in. It is madcap one minute, majestic, gorgeous and luminescent the next. The band boasts six reeds players, including Schorn. ...

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Zurich Jazz Orchestra & Steffen Schorn: Dedications

Read "Dedications" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The Zurich Jazz Orchestra (ZJO), under the leadership of multiple reedist Steffen Schorn, is a colorful listening experience on their 2021 release Dedications. The arrangements weave woodwind pastels over backdrops of the darker hues of the trombones and bursts of bright primaries from the trumpets. Schorn took the leadership role of the ZJO in 2018, presenting his Three Pictures (Mons Records). He pushes his concepts of complex arrangements that mix jazz and classical traditions with exuberant innovation further ...


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