Content by tag "QFTF"

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A Sense of Place

Read "A Sense of Place" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Music itself may be universal, but the circumstances of its birthplace (or places) so often aren't. Overt or otherwise, it can be fascinating how those factors don't just shape a recording, but become vital elements in themselves.

Yukari
Synchronic
QFTF
2017

There's no place like home ...

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Luca Aquino: Aqustico vol 2

Read "Aqustico vol 2" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Luca Aquino is the kind of player who doesn't just look at or study an instrument, but at some point has to ask “and what else can it do?" His innate feel for the sound of the trumpet gives him a warm natural tone, though his career has included plenty of experimentation in processing its sound ...

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Yukari: Synchronic

Read "Synchronic" reviewed by Roger Farbey

A graduate of Manhattan School of Music and now a resident of Switzerland, flute virtuoso Yukari has performed with the likes of Anthony Braxton and Marc Copeland. She was a winner of the 2009 National Flute Association Jazz Flute Masterclass in the USA and has performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall, MOMA and the Tokyo ...

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Nika Project: Elusive

Read "Elusive" reviewed by Geno Thackara

When Veronika Griesslehner opens her mouth, you can hear an impressive weight of experience to go with such a young voice. She doesn't try or claim to approach the worldly depths of an Ella Fitzgerald or a Nina Simone and doesn't have to--the similarities in sound here are impressionistic rather than imitative, but those classic divas ...

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Windisch: Drama

Read "Drama" reviewed by Matthew Aquiline

Drama is a fitting title for pianist/composer Julius Windisch's debut album for QFTF; the musical atmosphere is mercurial enough to parallel a theatrical odyssey through some unknown frontier. Armed with his eponymously named quintet, Windisch's compositions permeate with vigor, collectively exhibiting just one case of the raw talent found within the legion of young composers in ...

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Pauline Ganty: Après

Read "Après" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Après is Swiss singer/composer Pauline Ganty's follow-up to her debut release L'Envol (Unit Records, 2015). Containing 8 carefully-constructed tracks, Après is always fascinating and at times absolutely stunning.

Ganty is one-third of vocal harmony trio The Swinging Ladies, an Andrews Sisters style group devoted to renditions of swing standards. Après is about as far from ...

Windisch: Drama

Read "Drama" reviewed by Geno Thackara

When asked for “one word to describe your album," Julius Windisch settles on drama--which is indeed accurate, if not necessarily in the most obvious way. The pianist's eponymous quintet has its own feel for excitement, but it's a subtle variety without any hint of pomp or bombast. (Another illustrative tidbit: for the followup question of “one ...

Marie Kruttli Trio: Running After The Sun

Read "Running After The Sun" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Swiss pianist Marie Kruttli returns on third album Running After The Sun to the trio format of her debut, Kartapousse (Konnex Records, 2015). This latest album, recorded in Berlin, highlights the strengths of Kruttli as a composer and the trio as musicians, with an impressive collection of original tunes.

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Woodlander: Calvins Toboggan

Read "Calvins Toboggan" reviewed by Geno Thackara

If the title Calvins Toboggan puts any images of a certain classic comic strip into your head, you're probably already thinking of something lighthearted, fun and adventurous. The cover should let you know, though, that this Swiss trio has its own quirky and post-modernist idea of what's fun. There's a definite sense of adventure, even a ...

Woodlander: Calvins Toboggan

Read "Calvins Toboggan" reviewed by Matthew Aquiline

Woodlander is an intriguing jazz combo out of Europe dedicated to breathing life into the original compositions of its founder, Swiss pianist Luzius Schuler. A trio marked by its sparseness, Woodlander is rounded off with trumpeter Mats Spillmann and drummer Jonas Ruther, both of whom recently collaborated with Schuler on Lucerne Jazz Orchestra's Oaktree (QFTF) (Schuler ...


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