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Urs Leimgruber - Alex Huber: Lightnings

Read "Lightnings" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Wide Ear Records is a nascent Swiss experimental jazz label, co- founded by drummer Alex Huber who performs here, in a duo setting with his fellow countryman and eminent improviser, saxophonist Urs Leimgruber. Hence, the musicians generate some cerebral merry-making on this set via the saxophonist's gyrating and stunted battle cries and the customary call and response processes, integrated with Huber's highly musical approach. The 4 tracks spawn a hodgepodge of torrential downpours and quieter parts, constructed on menacing flows ...


Album Review

Urs Leimgruber / Roger Turner: The Pancake Tour

Read "The Pancake Tour" reviewed by John Eyles

The Pancake Tour finds Swiss saxophonist Urs Leimgruber and British drummer Roger Turner together as a twosome (sometimes referred to as The Pancake Duo), recorded in concert at The Loft in Cologne in October 2011. The sax-drums duo is a varied and demanding format which exposes each player to equal scrutiny, allowing no hiding place or time out. Instead, each member has to be full-on constantly, giving and receiving, and listening and responding; if either of them is not, it ...


Multiple Reviews

Urs Leimgruber: Chicago Solo, Albeit, Willisau, Aurona Arona

Read "Urs Leimgruber: Chicago Solo, Albeit, Willisau, Aurona Arona" reviewed by Gordon Marshall

Urs LeimgruberChicago SoloLeo2010 Urs LeimgruberAlbeitJazzwerkstatt2010 OMWillisauIntakt2010 EmberAurona AronaCreative Sources2010 Swiss saxophonist Urs Leimgruber has a watchmaker's sense of time. His works create the sense of listening to a watch's inner workings up close, with his collaborators coming in ...


Multiple Reviews

Urs Leimgruber: Lausanne & Love Letters for the President

Read "Urs Leimgruber: Lausanne & Love Letters for the President" reviewed by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

Urs Leimgruber; Thomas Lehn. Lausanne For 4 Ears Records 2009 Hans Koch; Urs Leimgruber; Omri Ziegele. Love Letters to the President Intakt Records 2009 It may be grossly reductive to speak about an album in terms of how much audio space its five songs take up individually. And it may be a total coincidence ...


Album Review

Urs Leimgruber: 13 Pieces For Saxophone

Read "13 Pieces For Saxophone" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Eminent Swiss saxophonist Urs Leimgruber has been a fixture, primarily within European jazz and improvisational dominions. Unlike many other free-wheeling solo saxophone ventures, the artist renders a cumulative discourse of enticing notions on 13 Pieces For Saxophone. He's an intense conversationalist, while frequently concentrating his improvisational output within a given register. Among other notions, this characteristic adds quite a bit of distinction to the sum of the intricately exercised parts, as he aims to excite one's neural network. ...


Album Review

Urs Leimgruber: Blue Log: Ten Pieces for Saxophone

Read "Blue Log: Ten Pieces for Saxophone" reviewed by Alexander Vogel

Saxophonist Urs Leimgruber has explored styles of music ranging from contemporary composition to free improvisation. He was a member of the jazz/rock group Om in the late '70s. From there he would expand his aesthetic from jazz to complete free improvisation through associations with Swiss percussionist Fritz Hauser and French bassist Joëlle Leandre. Solo dates for Leimgruber are more or less common at this point, with three such releases prior to Blue Log (which was recorded in 1999 and released ...


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