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 it is in my blood. It is the only original American art form. It is sacred. The greatest musicians are jazz artists.
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 listening to my father's records of Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young.
I met Sonny Stitt, Wayne Shorter, Branford Marsalis, Joey Calderazzo, Michael Brecker, Cannonball Adderley, Walter Booker, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, George Benson, Mike
Stern, Stanley Turrentine, Billy Harper, Skip Hadden, Charlie Haden.
The best show I ever attended was Joe Lovano with Soundprints at the Wexner Center in Columbus Ohio in 2014.
The first jazz record I bought was Miles Smiles.