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Michel Wintsch - Christian Weber - Christian Wolfarth: Willisau

Read "Willisau" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Willisau follows up the Swiss trio's The Holistic Worlds Of (Monotype, 2012) and once again the artists are seemingly intent on routing one's imagination through multiple locations, while not embarking upon a utilitarian approach to the core jazz or avant- jazz piano trio concepts. In fact, the band proffers an antidote to the norm, which can be an exciting proposition, especially if you're looking for something outside the scope of modern mainstream jazz and bop fare. Enamored by a crystalline ...

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WHO Trio: Less Is More

Read "Less Is More" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The piano jazz trio is by now a familiar form--maybe too familiar. Many are already attuned to the standards-style trio (which may also cover modern pop tunes), and the free jazz trio (which is neither tethered to melody nor anchored in jazz sensibilities. But expectations need to be set aside when WHO Trio plays. The descriptive title, Less Is More, might just bear the subtitle “any more of this might just be too much."

This trio, featuring drummer ...

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Michel Wintsch & Road Movie featuring Gerry Hemingway: Michel Wintsch & Road Movie featuring Gerry Hemingway

Read "Michel Wintsch & Road Movie featuring Gerry Hemingway" reviewed by Robert Spencer

“This work," according to a brief liner note, “was first performed and recorded at the concert 'Between the Lines - Zwischen Jazz und Europäischer Moderne'." If the intention was not just to stay zwischen but to bring jazz and Europäischer Moderne together in one musical stew, this disc has admirably succeeded.

Pianist Michel Wintsch, who himself traffics in explicitly European classical motifs a great deal in his playing, composed eight of these twelve tracks. Here he has assembled an unusual ...

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Michel Wintsch/Gerry Hemingway/B: Identity

Read "Identity" reviewed by Robert Spencer

Any disc that features the master drummer Gerry Hemingway will be full of rhythmic surprises, and this one is no exception. Pianist Michel Wintsch, meanwhile, is a European-inflected pianist who is matched every step by bassist Bänz Oester.

This is music that derives from the jazz tradition in its instrumentation and great forward energy, but otherwise it may owe more to modern classical music than to the sounds of jazz. A piece like “Anne-Marie S" even nods explicitly to older ...

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Michel Wintsch & Road Movie Featuring Gerry Hemingway: Michel Wintsch & Road Movie

Read "Michel Wintsch & Road Movie" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

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 ...


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