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 was first exposed to jazz by my father, who was a rabid fan when he was younger, in the early to mid 1950's. We lived in NYC and he was a regular at places like the Village Vanguard and Birdland. One of his favorite stories involved meeting Charlie Parker and Miles on 52nd St
I was first exposed to jazz by my father, who was a rabid fan when he was younger, in the early to mid 1950's. We lived in NYC and he was a regular at places like the Village Vanguard and Birdland. One of his favorite stories involved meeting Charlie Parker and Miles on 52nd St. Needless to say, Jazz and Blues were always on the stereo in our home. I was steeped in these exciting sounds, and they make up some of my earliest memories.