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Christoph Stiefel Inner Language Trio: Big Ship

Read "Big Ship" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Big Ship is the latest album to grace the extensive discography of Swiss pianist Christoph Stiefel and the fourth release from his Inner Language Trio. Stiefel is an underrated pianist. He lacks, so far, the public profile of other European players such as Joachim Kuhn or Michael Wollny but that's no reflection on his talent--as Big ...


Monome: Monome

Read "Monome" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Monome began life in 2006, but on this Italian trio's debut recording it's effectively a quartet, with German saxophonist Peter Ehwald playing on five of the seven tracks. Ehwald first played with Monome in 2010, and since when their collaborations have become increasingly frequent, to the point that his presence here is an essential ingredient in ...


Christoph Stiefel Inner Language Trio: Live!

Read "Live!" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Christoph Stiefel è un pianista svizzero non più giovanissimo, di formazione classica, con un passato nel blues e nel rhythm & blues e da una ventina d'anni parecchio attivo nel mondo del jazz nel quale vanta collaborazioni con artisti del calibro di Charlie Mariano, Peter Erskine, Jeff Hirshfield. Con otto anni di vita e quattro pubblicazioni alle spalle il piano ...


Christoph Stiefel: Isorhythms and Circus Clowns

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It's the end of a lengthy but enjoyable telephone interview with Christoph Stiefel and things are drawing to a close. Then the pianist asks if he can add one more comment: “This is my year. This is a really happening year for me: it's incredible. I've developed my style solo and with my Inner Language Trio ...


Nik Bartsch: Rhythmically Dancing Around Fugato Fires

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Hungarian composer and pianist Béla Bartók once said, “In art there are only fast or slow developments. Essentially it is a matter of evolution, not revolution." Pianist and composer Nik Bärtsch would be the first to recognize that he is no revolutionary, as his aesthetic vision draws inspiration from multiple sources, ranging from 20th century classical ...


Christoph Stiefel Trio: 7 meilen Stiefel

Read "7 meilen Stiefel" reviewed by Ian Patterson

There is nothing new under the sun. What modern composers such as Kyle Gann and Bruce Hobson have done with rhythms in recent decades was already theory and practice in the fourteenth century. Here, on 7 meilen Stiefel, Swiss pianist Christoph Stiefel in turn explores the possibilities of isorhythms within the context of a contemporary jazz ...