by Dave Nathan
This rather confidently named collective, led by Swiss trumpet/flugelhorn player Franco Ambrosetti, captured the attention of a live audience with masterly arrangements of seven standards, designed to encourage rather than inhibit improvisation. Ambrosetti, who has a side job as a corporate manager, cut his teeth playing in a quartet led by his father, Flavio, a group that included modern jazz pianist George Gruntz. Lessons learned are apparent here as he is joined by a group of artists who, like himself, ...read more
by Ben Ohmart
To call themselves The Winners in the ever-popular, ever-growing world of instrumental jazz is like a young punk group daring to lay hold to the name Better Than Beatles, right? Well, that may be so. But equally probable, after one night with, or one listen to, The Winners is a sense that perhaps there's more to the moniker than sheer, staggering pomposity. Indeed, the music doesn't reflect any sort of braggardly boastful eclecticism. What is given out of these 63 ...read more
by C. Michael Bailey
A humble little recording that absolutely burns so bright the listener must hide his eyes.
The Montreux Jazz Label has made a name for itself in releasing solid, straight ahead jazz. Live at the Dolder Grand Hotel, Zurich is no exception. This release quietly allows Swiss trumpeter Franco Ambrosetti and his cohorts to produce Jazz firmly in the mode of Miles Davis' second great quintet. When Ambrosetti passes wind through his mute, it evokes a déjà vu so strong that ...read more