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Old, Borrowed and Just a Little Blue

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How many collections of standards does the jazz world really need? The answer, of course, is that there's always room for more as long as the players and listeners can find something relevant and fresh. Every piece on offer in this batch has been around for several decades at least, but these old things never fail ...


Andreas Schaerer, Bänz Oester: Shibboleth

Read "Shibboleth" reviewed by Luca Muchetti

In quanti modi si può usare la voce facendo musica, ma senza cantare? Ce lo insegnano Andreas Schaerer e Bänz Oester in Shibboleth, un CD che definire atipico è sicuramente poco.

Una voce di un cantante-performer e un basso jazz. Poche e sporadiche percussioni. “Corde À Linge" inizia su melodie felpate che ...


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 ...


Samuel Blaser Quartet: As the Sea

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Since bursting on the the international jazz scene in the mid-2000s, Swiss trombonist Samuel Blaser has established himself as one of his instrument's foremost practitioners. His playing combines the precision and detail of a top-flight classical instrumentalist with the unfettered, emotionally direct and rhythmically rich approach that characterizes the best jazz players. Blaser--still in his early ...


Jazzdor Berlin 2013: Berlin, Germany, June 5-8, 2013

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Jazzdor Berlin 2013
Kesselhaus in der Kulturbrauerei
Berlin, Germany
June 5-8, 2013

The Jazzdor festival is part of Berlin's still highly attractive cultural and artistic climate of the post- wall era. The seventh edition of this four-day festival took place during the first week of June, 2013 at the Kesselhaus of a former brewery in ...


Samuel Blaser Quartet: As The Sea

Read "As The Sea" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

The whole of some musical outfits is greater than its separate parts. The Berlin-based, Swiss trombonist Samuel Blaser's Quartet is one of these outfits, comprised of resourceful musicians with strong personalities, distinct approaches that together complement the strengths of this band but also pushes it into newer terrains.

Blaser is conservatory trained and ...


Gerry Hemingway Twofer: Less is More & Demon Chaser

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WHO Trio
Less is More
Clean Feed

Gerry Hemingway Quintet
Demon Chaser

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


Banz Oester: Blosperment Suite

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Dopo aver collaborato in diverse registrazioni di Michel Wintsch e dell'Who Trio per la Leo Records, il contrabbassita svizzero Banz Oester debutta in solo con questo Blosperment Suite. Le dieci tracce che compongono la suite sono montate in modo tale da dare vita ad un vero e proprio viaggio di scoperta nel mondo del contrabbasso. Il termine tedesco-svizzero ...