GREAT AMERICAN SONGS
Nowadays, when a pianist, a double bass player and a drummer decide to play "Great American Songs", they enter into a tradition that is not to be taken lightly. Improvisations based on songs have been a favourite occupation of jazz musicians for many decades, and the list of "definitive" song interpretations is accordingly long. In the field of the jazz piano trio, we hear them not least on the albums of the ensembles: Bill Evans/Scott LaFaro/Paul Motian and Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack De Johnette. Recently, both the American trio of Brad Mehldau, Larry Grenadier and Jorge Rossy and the Swiss group GAS have proved that the successors of the "classical tradition" are also capable of profound and original interpretations of the treasures that make up the "Great American Songbook". The musicians from overseas prefer a mixed repertoire, whereas the pianist Hans Feigenwinter, the double bass player Bänz Oester and the drummer Norbert Pfammatter concentrate purely on the great American songs. Oester is one of the last double bass players who uses gut strings, which may be more difficult to play, but create a warmer sound. The well-developed tonal awareness of the GAS members results in a group sound that is at the same time coherent and yet transparent.
Hans Feigenwinter (Klavier), Bänz Oester (Bass), Norbert Pfammmatter (Schlagzeug).
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