Zurich Jazz Orchestra & Steffen Schorn: To My Beloved OnesBy
The band boasts six reeds players, including Schorn. All of them wield more than one ax, especially Schorn. Piccolos, flutes, soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones and clarinets of all stripes collaborate. This makes for spacious and heavenly harmonics. The complexity of the expert intermingling of instrumentation brings Gil Evans to mind; but the tunes have more muscle than Evans' work, more of an unleashed forward momentum. But a caveat to that claim, the disc's opener, "Tango," (not really a tango) is a spacious tone poem, seemingly with four or five distinct sections in its eleven-minute running time. Some of them roll full speed ahead, others are introspective
"Die Toucter Des Tyrannen" was inspired, during a street music tour through Southern Europe, by the "unapproachable, (almost) unknown beauty in Crete." Beginning almost as free jazz bubbling to life, that life bubbles up and bursts into raucousness featuring a torrid guitar solo from Theo Kapilidis.
In his six-year term as the Zurich Jazz Orchestra's musical director, Schorn wrote more than a hundred compositions, including all five here on To My Beloved Ones. All of these tunesexpertly arranged and played by the stellar musicians with an immersive gustoare top-notch sounds, big band jazz at the highest level of accomplishment in its completion of an outstanding trilogy of recordings .
Tango; Die Tocher Des Tyrannen; For Me Is Just Now And Anytime; Kap'tn Blaubar; To My Beloved Ones.
Zurich Jazz Orchestra: band / orchestra; Steffen Schorn: saxophone, soprano.
Woodwinds: Steffen Schorn, Lucas Heuss, Thomas Luthi, Tobias Pfister Murat Cevik, Reto Anneler, Nils Fischer. Trumpets: Adrian Weber, Wolfgang Hauptti, Bernhard Schoch, Raphael Kalt. Trombones: Adrian Weber, Rene Mosele, Silvio Cadotsch, Don Randolph. Rhythm: Gregor Muller: guitar; Theo Kapilidis: electric and acoustic guitar; Patrick Sommer double bass, E- bass; Pius Baschnagel: drums, pandeiro, percussion.
Title: To My Beloved Ones | Year Released: 2022 | Record Label: Mons Records
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