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Content by tag "Manuel Mengis"

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

LE POT: Hera

Read "Hera" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This Swiss ensemble maximizes the pristine sonic qualities of a church --St. Romain in Raron --that combines a pure, organic soundstage with the complexities of highly expressive jazz and improvisational overtures, including impressionistic interpretations of choice works by famed British classical composer Benjamin Britten. There are occasions when the ensemble projects a thought-provoking ideology of an ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Le Pot: Hera

Read "Hera" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Secondo capitolo di una trilogia iniziata con She e che si concluderà con l'episodio intitolato Zede, Hera ci presenta un quartetto svizzero molto interessante per visione musicale e approccio interpretativo. Registrata presso la Burgkirche St. Romanus nel villaggio svizzero di Raron, la musica interagisce con la severa architettura della cinquecentesca chiesa. Ne assorbe semplicità, purezza di ...

Manuel Mengis Gruppe 6: Dulcet Crush

Read "Dulcet Crush" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Potremmo soffermarci a discutere a lungo sul fatto che Dulcet Crush non contenga sostanziali elementi di novità. Che oltre quarant'anni fa Miles Davis aveva aperto la porta della contaminazione tra jazz e rock in maniera praticamente insuperabile. Che anni dopo un personaggio come Kip Hanrahan abbia rimescolato le carte introducendo sofisticate strategie produttive e vette assolute nell'arte dell'arrangiamento. Che ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Manuel Mengis Gruppe 6 - Dulcet Crush (Hatology)

Manuel Mengis Gruppe 6 - Dulcet Crush (Hatology)

Swiss mountain guide by day, trumpeter by calling, Manuel Mengis is a model of the new millennial musician. His highly personal jazz is a polyglot of influences, mixing in rock, funk, pop and even the occasional bit of pap. Gruppe 6, his working band, represents a similarly deep wellspring of musical resources. Saxophonists Reto Suhner and ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Manuel Mengis Gruppe 6: Dulcet Crush

Read "Dulcet Crush" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

With his third group-led album for hatOLOGY, trumpeter Manuel Mengis projects multiple vistas within a progressive-jazz framework, spanning fusion, jazz-rock and experimental aspirations. Yet the key aspect lies with his ability to design a distinct band-centric stylization, as each subsequent release yields an extension of previously exercised routes. Mengis also abides by a polytonal outlook, resplendent ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Manuel Mengis Gruppe 6: Dulcet Crush

Read "Dulcet Crush" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Experiencing the music of trumpeter Manuel Mengis, a standard list of musicians and musical styles heard in his music comes to mind. This is a disservice, because his methodology is quite original.

Still the temptation to explain his third disc for hatOLOGY following The Pond (2008) and Into the Barn (2005) in terms of others sounds, ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Trumpeter Manuel Mengis Interviewed at AAJ

Trumpeter Manuel Mengis Interviewed at AAJ

Jazz is insurmountable. Hundreds of CDs are reviewed by All About Jazz every year, but how many names are recognized? It is endlessly fascinating, yet frustrating--while reveling in the evidence that such a high quantity of music exists, the realization dawns that there aren't enough hours in the day to hear it all. Each artist represents ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Manuel Mengis: Freedom First, History Later

Read "Manuel Mengis: Freedom First, History Later" reviewed by Frederick Bernas



Jazz is insurmountable. Hundreds of CDs are reviewed by All About Jazz every year, but how many names are recognized? It is endlessly fascinating, yet frustrating--while reveling in the evidence that such a high quantity of music exists, the realization dawns that there aren't enough hours in the day to hear it all. Each ...

Manuel Mengis Gruppe 6: The Pond

Read "The Pond" reviewed by Chris May

Listening to Swiss trumpeter Manuel Mengis' cross-genre Gruppe 6 is to hear an intoxicating melange of musics, from bop and free-bop to skronk and groove, in which the spirit of bassist/bandleader Charles Mingus' jazz workshop lives again, recalibrated by geography and history.



Mengis' music is less intense in its passions--less tortured and confrontational--than Mingus,' ...

Manuel Mengis Gruppe 6: Into the Barn

Read "Into the Barn" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Trombettista e compositore svizzero trentatreenne, Manuel Mengis debutta con un lavoro traboccante di energia che mette in luce le sue buone doti strumentali ed il fantasioso metodo compositivo. I referenti espressivi più evidenti sono Miles Davis per la dimensione solista e l'estetica “downtown" rappresentata dai gruppi Electric Masada di John Zorn, Latin for Travellers di Bobby Previte e dalle varie formazioni ...