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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/Marc Copland: More Essentials

Read "More Essentials" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The experience of this duo outing, More Essentials, begins with the packaging, the cover art, a gorgeous photo of two jelly fish immersed in the softened hues of shallow submersion in the sea. The disc spins, an introductory bass solo by Daniel Schlaeppi that leads into Miles Davis' “Blue In Green," with pianist Marc Copland's liquid, anti-gravitational, chord-to-chord glide as lovely as anything he's ever laid down, immersed in turquoise, tethered by the (planetary) Neptune-ian pull of bassist Daniel Schlaeppi's ...

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Daniel Schlaeppi/Marc Copland: More Essentials

Read "More Essentials" reviewed by Budd Kopman

More Essentials is just that, a continuation, after much touring, of the partnership between bassist Daniel Schlaeppi and pianist Marc Copland. The extremely high standards set by its predecessor, Essentials are more than met by this second release. The structure of this release is the same as before: tunes, some more, some less well known (including one original by Copland) are connected by “Essentials," which are short improvisations, mostly by Schlaeppi, with one duo effort. These are numbered ...

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Tomas Sauter: Double Life

Read "Double Life" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Tomas Sauter, known heretofore as a fine guitarist, leads a quartet--Ralph Alessi, trumpet and bass; Luzius Schuler, electric keyboards; Dominik Burkhalter, drums--as an electric bassist on the intriguing album, Double Life. For those who are always looking for, and expecting, new sounds, this session will shock in how retro it sounds. The overall vibe is, superficially, 'soft groove' atmospheric background music projecting the image of low lights, glasses of wine and an overstuffed sofa--and it can be listened ...

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Tomas Sauter: Magic Carpet

Read "Magic Carpet" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Guitarist Tomas Sauter, whose last release was the wonderful duo recording Indian Summer (Catwalk, 2006) with bassist Daniel Schlaeppi, now gives us a quite different sound and vision with Magic Carpet. As before, the sound is superb, having been recorded by Daniel Dettwiler and mixed and mastered by Jan Erik Kongshaug (of ECM fame). For these compositions, Sauter has assembled a quartet consisting of reedman Domenic Landolf, bassist Patrice Moret and drummer Samuel Rohrer. Given the extra ...

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Tomas Sauter / Daniel Schlaeppi: Indian Summer

Read "Indian Summer" reviewed by Budd Kopman

The delicate, intimate and compelling Indian Summer, by the guitar/bass duo of Tomas Sauter and Daniel Schlaeppi, is a most welcome release in these closing days of summer. The very sound of the recording is sensuous and surprisingly live, given it's a studio effort. Special care was taken in every step of the process, starting with the recording by Benoit Piccand in Switzerland and ending with the mixing and mastering by Jan Erik Kongshaug at Rainbow Studios (of ECM fame) ...


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