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Michel Wintsch, Christian Weber, Christian Wolfarth: Thieves Left That Behind

Read "Thieves Left That Behind" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Arriva al quarto album, questo trio svizzero dedito alla musica improvvisata, il primo per l'etichetta Veto dopo passaggi su Leo, Monotype e Hatology. Stavolta la formazione vede il pianista Michel Wintsch impegnato solo su strumenti elettrici -sintetizzatore e piano elettrico -cosa che porta il trio in una direzione atipica e tutta da esplorare.

Nella ...

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Marco von Orelli 5: Alluring Prospect

Read "Alluring Prospect" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Teniamo d'occhio da un po' di anni lo svizzero (di Basilea, per l'esattezza) Marco von Orelli, e dobbiamo dire che ogni volta che incrociamo qualche sua nuova incisione (di ascoltarlo dalle nostre parti, malgrado la sostanziale vicinanza, non se ne parla) la conferma del suo talento è pronta e convincente.

Quest'ultimo lavoro in ...

Solitudini pianistiche in casa Hat

Read "Solitudini pianistiche in casa Hat" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Una gran bella infornata di album editi nel giro di pochi mesi dalla HatOlogy ci consente una quanto mai istruttiva panoramica su una delle formule più classiche del jazz (e del resto non solo di quello) come il pianoforte solo. Con qualche disseppellimento degno di particolare attenzione.

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Marco von Orelli 5: Alluring Prospect

Read "Alluring Prospect" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Swiss trumpeter Marco von Orelli (George Gruntz Workshop Big Band, Tommy Meier Root Down) possesses a manifold musical persona. He's composed for TV, theater and collaborates with many notable European jazz artists and improvisers. But as a leader, Alluring Prospects poses deep insight into his enthralling compositional pen, bridging classical, jazz and the improvisational element into ...

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The WHO Trio: The WHO Zoo

Read "The WHO Zoo" reviewed by Mark Corroto

American drummer/percussionist Gerry Hemingway has made his home in Switzerland since 2009. Besides his teaching and solo performances, currently, his most accomplished working band is The WHO Trio. 'WHO' stands for Wintsch/Hemingway/Oester. It's Hemingway's unconventional piano trio with Swiss partners pianist Michel Wintsch and bassist Bänz Oester.

The WHO Zoo is their fifth release, beginning ...

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Michel Wintsch - Christian Weber - Christian Wolfarth: Willisau

Read "Willisau" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Willisau follows up the Swiss trio's The Holistic Worlds Of (Monotype, 2012) and once again the artists are seemingly intent on routing one's imagination through multiple locations, while not embarking upon a utilitarian approach to the core jazz or avant- jazz piano trio concepts. In fact, the band proffers an antidote to the norm, which can ...

Marco von Orelli 6: Close Ties on Hidden Lanes

Read "Close Ties on Hidden Lanes" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Dopo essersi formato nella Swiss Improviser Orchestra e aver partecipato a Poste Restante del quintetto Musique Brute della sassofonista Co Streiff e Root Down del compositore e clarinettista Tommy Meier, finalmente arriva il “solo" del trombettista svizzero Marco von Orelli. E che bel lavoro! Close Ties on Hidden Lanes è bella musica. Nulla da eccepire. Musica complessa ...

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Marco von Orelli 6: Close Ties On Hidden Lanes

Read "Close Ties On Hidden Lanes" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Indeed, an impressive inaugural release by Swiss trumpeter Marco von Orelli, who conveys maturity way beyond his youthful age. On call for writing jingles, session gigs, and theatrical productions, the conservatory-trained artist may have a bright future ahead of him, based on the qualitative aspects of this sextet date.

“Urban Ways" is a prime ...

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Gerry Hemingway Twofer: Less is More & Demon Chaser

Read "Gerry Hemingway Twofer: Less is More & Demon Chaser" reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk







WHO Trio
Less is More
Clean Feed
2009

Gerry Hemingway Quintet
Demon Chaser
hatOLOGY
2009



Much seems to have gone down in the decade since Michel Wintsch, Gerry Hemingway and ...

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WHO Trio: Less Is More

Read "Less Is More" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The piano jazz trio is by now a familiar form--maybe too familiar. Many are already attuned to the standards-style trio (which may also cover modern pop tunes), and the free jazz trio (which is neither tethered to melody nor anchored in jazz sensibilities. But expectations need to be set aside when WHO Trio plays. The descriptive ...