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Marie Kruttli Trio: Running After The Sun

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Swiss pianist Marie Kruttli returns on third album Running After The Sun to the trio format of her debut, Kartapousse (Konnex Records, 2015). This latest album, recorded in Berlin, highlights the strengths of Kruttli as a composer and the trio as musicians, with an impressive collection of original tunes. Hot on the heels of her debut, Kruttli spent a few months in New York and released a short second recording, What Do I Miss (QFTF, 2015), with a ...

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Marie Kruttli: What Do I Miss

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There's a usual time-tested path so many musicians go through in their early phases: learn how to play, take examples from one's favorites or influences, continue absorbing the elements and mechanics of what they do, then take some time processing all those things and (hopefully) eventually spinning them into one's own voice or style. At the same time there's the concurrent matter of developing technical skills in order to decide how much or little to use them. Marie ...

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Marie Kruttli Quintet: What Do I Miss

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What Do I Miss is pianist Marie Kruttli's second album as leader, hot on the heels of her trio debut, Kartapousse, which was released in mid-2015. Once again the tunes are all Kruttli's original compositions, but this time round it's a quintet outing: a short, five track EP recorded in Brooklyn during Kruttli's three-month stay in New York and released on the young German label QFTF. Krüttli's New York quintet not only adds tenor saxophone (Francesco Geminiani) and ...

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Marie Kruttli Trio: Kartapousse

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Kartapousse is the debut album from the Marie Kruttli Trio. Leader and composer Marie Kruttli, born in French Switzerland in 1991, is joined by two more young Swiss musicians, bassist Lukas Traxel and drummer Martin Perret, on a collection of her original compositions. It's a promising start to the trio's career. Apparently, Kartapousse is a subtle homage to the role-playing game Pokemon. Non-Pokemon fans may well find the homage to be somewhat too subtle, but it doesn't matter ...