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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Instrumental Duos

Read "Instrumental Duos" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The early days of jazz were not always harmonious. Converted dance orchestras often sounded like unbalanced acoustic junkyards; a single violin, cornet, trombone, clarinet, tuba, drums, banjo, and piano, all fighting for attention. The piano was meant to be the glue holding the shrill and boisterous elements together. In 1921 a prodigy pianist named Zez Confrey ...



Label: QFTF
Released: 2017
Track listing: Jitterbug Waltz; Sweet Lorraine; I'm Getting Sentimental Over You; Day Dream; Misterioso; Bemsha Swing; I Want To Be Happy; Bill.


Article: Multiple Reviews

Old, Borrowed and Just a Little Blue

Read "Old, Borrowed and Just a Little Blue" reviewed by Geno Thackara

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 ...


Article: Album Review

William Evans/Donat Fisch/Banz Oester/Jorge Rossy/Andy Scherrer: Schlitten

Read "Schlitten" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The Swiss CD release, Schlitten, tips a hat to the undersung record producer, Don Schlitten. The quintet doing the hat-tipping is mostly Swiss musicians. Drummer Jorge Rossy, formerly of the Brad Mehldau Trio, is Spanish-born. Schlitten got his start working the music business with several of the small but prestigious record companies--Muse and Prestige, ...


Circle & Line 2

Label: Leo Records
Released: 2010
Track listing: Stalo; Marias Blues; Merlodie; Fur Christian; 15; Desmond; Staika; Besen Besen; Elva.

Article: Album Review

Donat Fisch - Christian Wolfarth: Circle & Line 2

Read "Circle & Line 2" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Gli svizzeri Donat Fisch e Chistian Wolfarth sono ormai da diversi anni un elemento centrale di quella nuova avanguardia europea legata al nome della Leo Records. Questo Circle & Line 2 riprende un discorso iniziato insieme dieci anni fa: ora come allora obiettivo è indagare il rapporto tra sassofoni e batteria (Coltrane e Rashed Ali docent, ...


Article: Album Review

Donat Fisch / Christian Wolfarth: Circle & Line 2

Read "Circle & Line 2" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Drummer Christian Wolfarth and saxophonist Donat Fisch first recorded in this formation more than ten years ago. Circle & Line 2 is the Swiss duo's reunion and an unique free jazz achievement. Saxophone and drum duos rarely become an artist's defining work. It is a difficult format, requiring extraordinary creative effort to maintain variety and interest. ...


Hot Peace

Label: Enja Records
Released: 2006
Track listing: 01. Aal (Hans Feigewinter) - 5:17; 02. Tanz im Glück (Peter Schärli) - 13:01; 03. Calabrian Nights (Glenn Ferris) - 10:25; 04. Mr. Goodman (Donat Fisch) - 6:32; 05. I Fall In Love Too Easily (Jule Styne) - 6:36; 6. Hot Peace (Peter Schärli) - 8:10; 7. Pachamama (Peter Schärli) - 9:02; 8. Im Visier (Hans Feigewinter) - 9:02;


Article: Album Review

Peter Schärli Sextet featuring Glenn Ferris: Hot Peace

Read "Hot Peace" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Per questa sua nuova incisione il trombettista svizzero Peter Schärli ha scelto di cambiare sound al suo sestetto, sostituendo il corno francese di John Clark con il sassofono tenore di Donat Fisch, un musicista anche lui svizzero con una lunga carriera alle spalle. La musica di Schärli si può considerare senza mezzi termini un manifesto del ...


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