One of three releases on the brand new German based “Between The Lines” label, pianist/composer Michel Wintsch and his band Road Movie featuring drummer Gerry Hemingway, render a picturesque snapshot of vivid musical mind’s at work. Here we have twelve pieces, eight of which were composed by Wintsch that interweave and tell a story akin to an evolving plot, short story or movie. The admirable performances of the brass/string ensemble along with the fine drumming of Lucas Niggli and Gerry Hemingway, guitarist Jean-Philippe Zwahlen, vocalist/flutist Franziska Baumann and Wintsch present the listener with a series of loosely structured hybrid classical/jazz/improvisational miniatures. Throughout, the listener will encounter sturdy backbeats or undulating rhythms, zealous improvisation, sublime passages, crisp circular movements by pianist Michel Wintsch and Fred Frith style hard-edged electric guitar improv from Mr. Zwahlen on the piece titled, “Natalia”.
Overall, Wintsch and “Road Movie” have turned in an interesting set, while also maintaining a distinct sense of continuity or flow. Without a doubt there’s a lot going on, as the band produce music that should keep the mind’s eye thoroughly occupied for over 50 minutes. * * * ½
Michel Wintsch; Piano: Gerry Hemingway; Drums: Franziska Baumann; Flute, Vocals: Nathalie Saudan; Violin: Daniela Beltraminelli; Violin: Peter Scharli; Trumpet: Jean-Jacques Pederetti; Trombone: Jean-Philippe Zwahlen; Guitar: Martin Schutz; Violincello: Lucas Niggli; Drums: Jean Keraudren; Sound
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.