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The Winners: Live at the Dolder Grand Hotel, Zurich

C. Michael Bailey By

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A humble little recording that absolutely burns so bright the listener must hide his eyes.

The Montreux Jazz Label has made a name for itself in releasing solid, straight ahead jazz. Live at the Dolder Grand Hotel, Zurich is no exception. This release quietly allows Swiss trumpeter Franco Ambrosetti and his cohorts to produce Jazz firmly in the mode of Miles Davis' second great quintet. When Ambrosetti passes wind through his mute, it evokes a déjà vu so strong that the listener must do a double take. This is not to fully imply that this recording is merely a knock off of old Miles recordings. It can't be that because of the ingenious rhythm of the drums bass duo of Peter Schmidlin and Heiri Känzig. Pianist Lang is lyrical and rough when necessary. These standards performances are hyperdense and intense, betraying a deep understanding of Post Bop while being quietly unapologetic to the Neo Bop crowd.

This disc is superb. I cannot imagine any lover of 1960s small ensemble jazz not liking it. Just spin "Autumn Leaves" and kick back.


Track Listing: Autumn Leaves; Invitation; In Your Own Sweet Way; My Foolish Heart; Summertime; The Days Of Wine And Roses; If I Should Lose You. (Total Time: 62.51)

Personnel: Franco Ambrosetti: Trumpet, Flugelhorn; Thierry Lang: Piano; Heiri Känzig: Bass; Peter Schmidlin: Drums.

Title: Live at the Dolder Grand Hotel, Zurich | Year Released: 2001 | Record Label: TCB Music

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