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Take Five With Patrick Zimmerli

Read "Take Five With Patrick Zimmerli" reviewed by Patrick Zimmerli


About Patrick Zimmerli New York-and Paris-based composer/saxophonist Patrick Zimmerli writes a sophisticated yet approachable hybrid of contemporary classical and jazz music. Recent collaborators include Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Brooklyn Rider String Quartet, Brian Blade, Luciana Souza, the Knights Orchestra and the Escher String Quartet. His music has been performed at Carnegie Hall and Town Hall in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, Salle Pleyel in Paris, Sala São Paolo in Brazil, the Vienna Konzerthaus Grosser Saal and the new ...

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Patrick Zimmerli: Phoenix

Read "Phoenix" reviewed by Andrew Velez


The notes accompanying this sixth release from Patrick Zimmerli, a New York-based composer/saxophonist, give no hint of when he may have fallen to earth from parts unknown, bringing with him an unclassifiable mix of jazz, strings, and electronics.The set opens with the dreamlike landscape of “M, which is dramatically revisited later mid-set with Kevin Hays' piano carrying the theme, only to re-emerge in more subdued fashion for the finale. Subsequently Hays turns positively frolicksome in the company of ...

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Patrick Zimmerli: Phoenix

Read "Phoenix" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni


On his sixth release, New York-based composer and saxophonist Patrick Zimmerli hybridizes the sounds of a jazz quartet with a string quartet, adding a gentle dose of samples and electronics and spicing it all up with popular and ethnic elements. Phoenix, Zimmerli's fourth release for the Vancouver based Songlines label, attempts to integrate these styles into what he calls “pan-stylistic art music," but he succeeds only partially.

Zimmerli enlisted a string quartet for this project that's led by ...

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Patrick Zimmerli: The Book of Hours

Read "The Book of Hours" reviewed by Elliott Simon


A crisp brass alarm announces the dawning of a new day in composer Patrick Zimmerli's The Book of Hours, a musical cycle that proceeds through the seven medieval daily periods of worship. In place of spoken prayer, interspersed allusions to Coltrane's A Love Supreme serve as sacred moments. Soprano saxophonist Zimmerli, guitarist Ben Monder, and the Belgian 10-piece ensemble Octurn turn in a sharp performance that is classical in its accuracy and postmodern in its soul."Dawn" presents each ...

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Patrick Zimmerli Ensemble: Expansion

Read "Expansion" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


A 1993 winner of jazz' prestigious BMI/Thelonious Monk Institute Composer's Competition, saxophonist/composer Patrick Zimmerli's 2000 release titled, “Expansion" represents the artist's third recording as a leader and signifies his penchant for combining multifarious musical elements with poignant, breezy themes amid wavering rhythms and engaging group dialogue. A distinct sense of flotation prevails yet Zimmerli, guitarist Ben Monder, bassist Stomu Takeishi and percussionist Satoshi Takeishi are quite adept at melding fragmented motifs into comprehensive statements that intertwine and redevelop into climactic ...

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Patrick Zimmerli: Expansion

Read "Expansion" reviewed by Mark Corroto


It was a hot and humid summer day a few years ago as I asked the ticket seller which of the 10 movies showing was the longest. That was the lone criteria for me to catch director John Salles' Lone Star. You see, normally I go in for escapist science fiction, car chase, and suspense movies, what my wife calls testosterone theatre. The movie, lasting nearly three hours (a respite before I had to face the sweaty world), unfolded in ...


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