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Ben Zahler

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Fascinated by the Piccolos of the Basel carnival, Ben Zahler picked up the flute at the age of eight. Yet, before he could switch to the Piccolo, he dived down into the world of Jazz clubs and never looked back. After attaining his “Master of Arts” at the Swiss Jazz School Bern with Andy Scherrer, Bert Joris and Günter Wehinger, he toured with his Band aloft (among others with Nadja Stoller and Stefan Rusconi) and recorded his first album “We do” (TCB 26802). Other notable records include the “Paul Klee” record by the Swiss Jazz Orchestra directed by Jim McNeely. In the past years, Ben Zahler has been an active member of the Basel Jazz Scene, performing with various bands and also supporting the scene by organizing jam sessions and concerts

Album

House of Trumps

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: House of Trumps

Album

Quietly Cold

Label: TCB Music
Released: 2018
Track listing: Off The Hook; Quietly Cold; So Much Nonsense; Lullaby For The Wild; Dancing Elf; I Like That Paper Moon; Long Deep Sleep Song; Snow Dreaming; Andy’s Foodcorner; Strange Enough; More; Falling Gloves Are Always Blue; Monday Morning Move.

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Article: Album Review

Ben Zahler's Songgoing: Quietly Cold

Read "Quietly Cold" reviewed by Chris Mosey


Swiss flautist Ben Zahler names his principal influences as Herbie Mann and Eric Dolphy. Having said that, he immediately backtracks. Mann was too commercial, Dolphy too experimental. Zahler positions himself somewhere between the two. He strives to avoid the “streamlined sluggishness" of Mann and similarly has no truck with way-out, overblowing excess a ...

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Off the Hook

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Label: TCB Music
Released: 2018
Duration: 04:12


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