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Article: Live Review

London Jazz Composers Orchestra 50 Year Anniversary

Read "London Jazz Composers Orchestra 50 Year Anniversary" reviewed by John Sharpe

London Jazz Composers Orchestra Alchemia and Manggha Museum Krakow, Poland March 6-8, 2020 Intro Fifty years and counting. One of the most important larger bands in European jazz, The London Jazz Composers Orchestra celebrated its golden anniversary over three days in Krakow which culminated in a triumphant performance of “Harmos." ...


Article: Album Review

Skyjack: The Hunter

Read "The Hunter" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

This second album from South African-Swiss cooperative Skyjack strikes a smart balance between ideation and instinct. Feedback loops fire the imagination of the album's five participants, with input and output acting and reacting to one another in real time. As on the band's eponymous debut, independence and interdependence each play a role in these romping games. ...


Article: Album Review

Andreas Schaerer/Hildegard Lernt Fliegen meets the Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival Academy: The Big Wig

Read "The Big Wig" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival Academy and the sextet Hildegard Lernt Fliegen come below Andreas Schaerer on the billing on this CD/DVD offering, suggesting the star quality of this unique contemporary composer/vocalist. The Big Wig suite-- composed and orchestrated by Schaerer--comprises newly composed material and reworkings of several tunes from Hildegard Lernt Fliegen's The Fundamental ...


Article: Extended Analysis

Swiss Jazz Orchestra: Sincerely Yours

Read "Swiss Jazz Orchestra: Sincerely Yours" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The world-class Swiss Jazz Orchestra produced the 2-CD set Sincerely Yours to mark its tenth anniversary in 2013. As is the SJO's custom, the nineteen tracks were taped during a series of stellar concert performances spanning those years, showcasing the orchestra's excellence as a unit and its roster of impressive soloists performing compositions and arrangements by ...


Article: Album Review

Swiss Jazz Orchestra: Live at Jazzfestival Bern

Read "Live at Jazzfestival Bern" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Live at Jazzfestival Bern (Mons) Some big-band albums are heated and brassy, others cool and understated, while a precious few simply cast a mesmerizing spell. “Live at Jazzfestival Bern," recorded in May 2013 by the unerring Swiss Jazz Orchestra, drops anchor squarely in the last of those realms, thanks in part to the ensemble's ...


Toff / Live 2010

Label: Unit Records
Released: 2011
Track listing: Toff: 01. Angry Angus (Schaerer); 02. Rebellion (Kulling); 03. Pagliatelle (Schnyder); 04. Phazor One (Grottschreiber); 05. Eintagsfliege (Stucki); 06. Reboot (Vallon); 07. Eruptio (Heggendorn); 08. Das Begrabnis Des Herrn W. (Stucki). Live 2010: 01. Diplomat; 02. Interlude; 03 Stray Cats; 04. Interlude; 05 Mouthpieces; 06 Cronkhite Canada; 07 Nanemann; 08 Interlude; 09. Tango for Thelonious; 10 th:rh; 11 Zitlos; 12 Miniatur 14 – Balkankinder; 13 Augaug; 14 Entretemps; 15 Furry Little Ewok; 16 Interlude; 17. Scattered.

Article: Album Review

Ballbreaker Ensemble / Jazzwerkstatt Bern: Toff / Live 2010

Read "Toff / Live 2010" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Sulla scia della prestigiosa Jazzwerkstatt Berlin, tre musicisti svizzeri fondano nel 2002 Jazzwerstatt Bern, una sorta di collettivo creato con il preciso intento di offrire possibilità e visibilità a giovani compositori/musicisti. Sia attraverso l'organizzazione di un festival annuale nella capitale svizzera sia, da poco, con la nascita della Werkstatt Records l'etichetta associata. Toff del Ballbreaker Ensemble ...



Label: Unit Records
Released: 2010
Track listing: 01. Neige; 02; Bbbbrrr!!!; 03. Cynique; 04. CPACQVER; 05. Myrtilles; 06. Printemps; 07. Nenuphar; 08. Les Berceaux (Fauré); 09. Cyanure; 10. Danse Arctique. Composizioni di Fred Burki tranne quelle indicate.

Article: Album Review


Read "CPACQVER" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Quello che colpisce in questo insolito trio batteria/basso/trombone è l'estrema pertinenza e naturalezza con le quali concentra in sessanta minuti di registrazione una grande varietà espressiva dando la netta sensazione di non perdere mai di vista l'unitarietà del discorso musicale. I tre straordinari musicisti sono in grado di creare suoni orchestrali, come arditi frammenti timbrici, respiri ...


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