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Daniel Schläppi / Marc Copland: Alice's Wonderland

Read "Alice's Wonderland" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Alice's Wonderland is the third duo outing from bassist Daniel Schlappi and pianist Marc Copland, following Essentials (Catwalk, 2012) and More Essentials (Catwalk, 2015). Both Copland and Schlappi have carved out their spots as leaders of various sized ensembles, but the leaderless duo outing format seems to fit both instrumentalists well—Copland has teamed with bassist Gary Peacock on Insight (Pirouet Records, 2009) and What It Says (Sketch, 2004), pianist Bill Carrothers on No Choice (Minium Music, 2006), and saxophonist Dave ...

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Daniel Schläppi/Marc Copland: Alice's Wonderland

Read "Alice's Wonderland" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Since they first documented their work together on Essentials (Catwalk, 2012), bassist Daniel Schläppi and pianist Marc Copland have refined the musical language of the duo. Essentials was followed by More Essentials (Catwalk, 2015) and saw the establishment of a pattern: standards, original compositions, compositions played by Miles Davis and, not least, compositions played by pianist Bill Evans' famous trio with drummer Paul Motian and bassist Scott LaFaro. It's no surprise that Schläppi and Copland would choose ...

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Daniel Schlaeppi: Essentials

Read "Essentials" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Bassist Daniel Schlaeppi, in response to his efforts in playing, recording and producing top-notch jazz for the past ten years, won a six month scholarship to come to New York in 2010. During his stay, he heard Marc Copland's New York Trio with Gary Peacock and Bill Stewart, and afterward sent Copland an email with links to mp3s on his site. Copland responded positively and, in the end, he and Copland spent weeks playing together, ultimately resulting in ...

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Daniel Schlaeppi: Voices Live

Read "Voices Live" reviewed by Budd Kopman

For what more could one ask? A live gig, excellently recorded; an appreciative audience; a band which is sharp as a tack that comes charging out of the gate smoking, playing music to which one cannot help but move. The previous live album of bassist Daniel Schlaeppi, was Dimensions Live, and he brings us this time a set from Jazzfestival Schaffhausen with a band that has no harmony instrument. Consisting of two saxophones/bass clarinets, Jurg Bucher ...

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Daniel Schlaeppi / Jurg Bucher / Colin Vallon: Dimensions Live

Read "Dimensions Live" reviewed by Budd Kopman

The very fine Dimensions Live is the second release from the band led by bassist Daniel Schläppi, which contains saxophonist Jürg Bucher and pianist Colin Vallon, the first simply named Dimensions (Brambus, 2003). Schläppi has also released Forces (Catwalk, 2007) on which he joined forces with Vallon, trombonist Nils Wogram, and teamed up with guitarist Tomas Sauter on the delightful Indian Summer (Catwalk, 2006). This double CD release was recorded at the Bird's Eye Jazz Club in ...

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Daniel Schlaeppi: Forces

Read "Forces" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Bassist Daniel Schläppi, whose previous release was Indian Summer (Catwalk, 2006) with guitarist Tomas Sauter, establishes himself as both a composer of note and someone who can bring together fine players and get the best from them with Forces. The quartet, led by Schläppi consists of virtuoso trombonist Nils Wogram, also heard on The Move (Between The Lines, 2005), pianist Colin Vallon from Ailleurs (Hatology, 2007), and drummer Samuel Rohrer, who also played on Sauter's Magic Carpet ...


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