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Leimgruber, Demierre, Lehn: in the endless wind

Read "in the endless wind" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Per the marketing release, LDL emerged from the trio LDP, which had already made waves in the European music scene. However, the transformation did not stop there. The addition of analog synthesizer ace Thomas Lehn expanded the group, resulting in the quartet LDP+L. Interestingly, Barre Phillips, who played a pivotal role in shaping LDP's style and form, does not appear on the LDL lineup. In The Endless Wind invites listeners on an introspective journey. Urs Leimgruber's soprano saxophone ...

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Jacques Demierre: The Hills Shout

Read "The Hills Shout" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Un unico brano di poco meno di quaranta minuti di solo piano, nelle sue più varie accezioni (non suonato unicamente sugli ottantotto tasti, vogliamo dire, ma per esempio, generosamente, sulla cordiera), registrato dal vivo a Monaco di Baviera all'inizio del 2020, copre questo album del ginevrino Jacques Demierre, settant'anni proprio in questi giorni (4 gennaio 2024), nonché prossimo ai quaranta di attività discografica a proprio nome (piuttosto copiosa). Vi prevalgono un'essenzialità, una cerebralità, sin troppo insistite, un ...

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Jacques Demierre: The Hills Shout

Read "The Hills Shout" reviewed by John Eyles

Swiss pianist Jacques Demierre has a relatively small recording history considering that it dates back to June 1984. Along the way, it includes collaborations with such luminaries as Cyril Bondi, Sylvie Corvoisier, d'incise, Barry Guy, Insub Meta Orchestra, Hans Koch, Urs Leimgruber, Lucas Niggli, and Barre Phillips, in such fine recordings as Brainforest (Intakt, 2006) by the Demierre-Guy-Niggli trio. Since Assemblance (Unit Records, 1987) Demierre has also recorded occasional solo piano albums, with The Hills Shout being 2023's offering, following ...

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Jacques Demierre: The Well-Measured Piano

Read "The Well-Measured Piano" reviewed by John Eyles

Pianist Jacques Demierre's 2019 must be judged a success because of the release of Willisau (Jazzwerkstatt, 2019) by his new quartet—alongside trio members Urs Leimgruber and Barre Phillips plus new member Thomas Lehn—as well as his first duo album Incunabulum (Herbal Records, 2019) with Hans Koch. By comparison, his solo recording The Well-Measured Piano rather slipped under the radar—a pity as, in its way, it is as innovative and noteworthy as Willisau and Incunabulum. Recorded between February and July 2017 ...

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Urs Leimgruber, Jacques Demierre, Barre Phillips, Thomas Lehn: Willisau

Read "Willisau" reviewed by John Eyles

The LDP trio (shorthand for Swiss saxophonist Urs Leimgruber, Swiss pianist Jacques Demierre and American-born bassist Barre Phillips) first came together when they recorded Wing Vane (Les Disques Victo, 2001) which was followed-up with LDP—Cologne (Psi, 2005), an early use of the trio's abbreviated name. Subsequent LDP releases have come every three or four years, all on the Jazzwerkstatt label, with Willisau being the fourth of them, but the first to feature a guest player alongside the core trio. LDP's ...

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The many sides of pianist Jacques Demierre: solo, duo and trio

Read "The many sides of pianist Jacques Demierre: solo, duo and trio" reviewed by John Eyles

Swiss pianist Jacques Demierre (born Geneva, 1954) works in jazz, improvised music, contemporary music and sound installations, as well as composing for concerts, theater and dance. If all that was not enough, he is also a freelance music writer, writing for Contrechamps, which focuses on twentieth century music. For a musician of his stature, Demierre has a comparatively small discography, increased somewhat by the first two releases below from 2008. Discussion of Demierre's role in two trio releases is also ...

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

in the endless wind

Wide Ear Records


The Hills Shout

Wide Ear Records





The Well-Measured...

Creative Works Records


One Is Land

Portuguese Jazz Guide



MD (Belgium)



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