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Nik Bärtsch: Possibility in Paradox

Read "Nik Bärtsch: Possibility in Paradox" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Like the master-less samurai his primary band is named for, Nik Bärtsch forges a path and follows a code all his own. The pianist's music is best described by his own key phrases “ritual groove music" and “Zen funk," merging Eastern minimalist simplicity and patient trance with the interplay and communal aspect of jazz. It makes ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Nicole Johänntgen: Henry And The Free Bird

Read "Nicole Johänntgen: Henry And The Free Bird" reviewed by Ian Patterson

In Richard Bach's book Jonathon Livingston Seagull (Macmillan 1970), the tale of a seagull with a passion for flight and freedom, there is a line that goes: “Don't believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding. Find out what you already know and you will see the way ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Nicole Johanntgen: Henry

Read "Henry" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Still only in her mid-thirties, Zurich-based German alto saxophonist/composer Nicole Johänntgen has been performing and tirelessly exploring music for over twenty years. With half a dozen recordings as leader under her belt, Johänntgen turns to New Orleans for inspiration on Henry. Named after her father, who used to play trombone in lieu of an early morning ...

Nicole Johaenntgen: Moncaup - Sisters in Jazz

Read "Nicole Johaenntgen: Moncaup - Sisters in Jazz" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Nata in Germania 35 anni fa, Nicole Johaenntgen vive a Zurigo dal 2005 dove ha svolto gran parte della sua attività professionale. Nel suo stile la massima influenza viene da Dave Liebman, di cui è stata allieva, e tramite questi da John Coltrane. S'esprime di preferenza al sax soprano, con uno stile cantabile e un suono ...

Omri Ziegele Noisy Minority featuring Ray Anderson: Wrong is Right

Read "Wrong is Right" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

The Swiss trio Noisy Minority led by alto saxophonist-poet Omri Ziegele mocks the notion that you can make a clear-cut line between what is right and wrong in jazz or any improvised music. Their aesthetic goes deeper than the often-repeated inverse by pianist Kenny Barron: “if you don't make mistakes, you don't play jazz." Instead, Noisy ...

Yves Theiler Trio: Dance In A Triangle

Read "Dance In A Triangle" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Although a piano trio has a leader, the better ones behave as an equilateral triangle. That is, they “go Dutch." In the case of the Yves Theiler Trio, we could say the music on Dance In A Triangle “goes Swiss."

The pianist, Yves Theiler, composed all the music here, but it is improbable that ...

Continuum

Read "Continuum" reviewed by John Kelman

Few musicians have continued to hone a concept as singularly unique and instantly recognizable, irrespective of context, as that being explored by Swiss pianist Nik Bärtsch since he first formed Mobile with Don Li, Kaspar Rast and Mats Eser in 1997. First emerging on record in 2001 with Ritual Groove Music (Self-Released, reissued Ronin Rhythm, 2006), ...

Irene Schweizer / Han Bennink: Welcome Back

Read "Welcome Back" reviewed by John Sharpe

For such an assuredly rhythmic player Swiss pianist Irene Schweizer shows an unexpected affinity to drummers, who feature disproportionately as partners in her discography. But even so Welcome Back constitutes only the second entry to pair Schweizer with maverick Dutch drummer Han Bennink, following their eponymous debut (Intakt, 1996), which was itself preceded by years of ...

Peter A. Schmid: Chicago Conversations

Read "Chicago Conversations" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Ventiquattro brani per lo più molto brevi compongono questo sfiziosissimo nuovo lavoro del cinquantaseienne polistrumentista zurighese Peter A. Schmid, che è andato a inciderlo (in un unico giorno, il 31 agosto 2014) allo Strobe Recording di Chicago, dividendosi fra duetti (quindici), una sua specialità (fra i suoi numerosi partner nel corso degli anni ricordiamo almeno Evan ...

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Le Rex: Wild Man

Read "Wild Man" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The band moniker Le Rex is culled from an abandoned theater, discovered on the island of Corsica, but there's nothing bleak or dusky about this quintet's musicality. After a successful tour of the US, they parked in Chicago to record this album, which is the musicians' third effort and first for Cuneiform Records. Essentially, these young ...