A 1993 winner of jazz’ prestigious BMI/Thelonious Monk Institute Composer’s Competition, saxophonist/composer Patrick Zimmerli’s 2000 release titled, “Expansion” represents the artist’s third recording as a leader and signifies his penchant for combining multifarious musical elements with poignant, breezy themes amid wavering rhythms and engaging group dialogue. A distinct sense of flotation prevails yet Zimmerli, guitarist Ben Monder, bassist Stomu Takeishi and percussionist Satoshi Takeishi are quite adept at melding fragmented motifs into comprehensive statements that intertwine and redevelop into climactic opuses featuring Zimmerli’s extended notes and richly melodic lyricism. Throughout, guitarist Ben Monder counterbalances the saxophonist with deft single note leads and subtle chord voicings while the Takeishi Brothers provide the predominately linear underpinnings. However, the saxophonist employs a shift in strategy as he turns in a softly stated and stunningly beautiful rendition of the time-honored standard, “Invitation”. With photos of our expanding universe gracing the CD liners, the Patrick Zimmerli Ensemble achieves the desired or perhaps implied effect of defying time and space while performing with quiet fire and blithe spirit along with a relaxed sense of urgency. Zimmerli’s impressionistic dreamscapes amid the band’s heated flurries and circuitous discourses signify a mark of invention while the saxophonist pursues a sound and style that is clearly his own!
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Patrick Zimmerli; Tenor Saxophone: Ben Monder; Guitar: Stomu Takeishi; Bass: Satoshi Takeishi; Percussion
Track listing: 1) Sand 2) Evidence 3) The Elements Suite
I love jazz because next to my kids, it's the love of my life.
I was first exposed to jazz by Joe Rico from a tiny station in Niagara Falls in 1954 when I was 13.
The best show I ever attended was Maynard Ferguson who blew the roof off Massey Hall in the late 50s.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to everything you can and then listen again.