AGULA

AGULA

Swiss-Mongolian Music Exchange Project feat. Arga Bileg Ethno Jazz Band and Heiri Känzig Quintet

"Agula, a Swiss-Mongolian music project Agula is truly a joint musical collaboration between Mongolian and Swiss musicians, coming together and contributing equally from both sides. This album is dedicated to our half-century of diplomatic relations – relations that we have celebrated through cross-cultural exchange and understanding. I have devoted my new composition Agula to this partnership...

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Bellatrice

Bellatrice

Barnard

Bellatrix is the third biggest star in the constellation of Orion. For many people, stars awaken notions of boundlessness and of eternal motion. These images are also well-suited to the self-understanding of the Bellatrice quintet. For three years, Bellatrice has been playing regularly in the 'Work in progress' series. The name of this series is to be understood literally: These monthly concert...

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Christophe Schweizer  / 5SIX7

Christophe Schweizer / 5SIX7

PORTAS

Established since the middle of the Nineties in New York, Christophe Schweizer is a visionary composer in the field of today's progressive Jazz. Although well acquainted with the Jazz tradition, Schweizer is not bent on the past, but pursues the search for new composition and improvisation alloys. In doing so, he is asking the most from everyone including himself. Schweizer writes highly comple...

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Dani Felber Big Band Explosion

Dani Felber Big Band Explosion

Thank you, Fos!

"The Swiss Alpine air, the historic Hotel Waldhaus in Sils Maria, the best big band musicians arriving from all over the world - all this mixture left its mark on our 3 days of rehearsals ! There was that indescribable energy that you get when 18 top-class musicians come together to make a band swing and blow the roof off. Everyone had great fun working with everyone else, and with a clear...

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Daniel Schenker Quartet

Daniel Schenker Quartet

Jardim Botanico

Daniel Schenker lets us discover something that is otherwise pretty rare: the poetry of the trumpet. You've got to know your Chet Baker, but perhaps you also have to have soaked up Brazilian music in order to play the trumpet like Daniel Schenker. When he plays, he opens our ears to all the little nuances that he brings to life when he makes his trumpet 'speak' - and for him it is an instrument...

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Faruk Muslijevic's Balkan Flavours

Faruk Muslijevic's Balkan Flavours

Elephant Steps

The eleven works that are (with one exception) all by the bandleader Muslijevic himself achieve nothing less than interweaving, in harmonious fashion, the traditional music of the Balkans with the heritage of the Great American Songbook. Oriental melodies fly over jazzy carpets of sound, sweet melancholy gives way to a pure dancing passion. In rhythmic terms it is mostly uneven metres that domi...

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Frölich & Lüdi

Frölich & Lüdi

Fortunat Frölich

Letter to Art Pepper' was created in 1995. This encounter of free-jazz and classical orchestral music is not primarily supposed to be a fusion but rather a confrontation. The mutual playful handling of dialogues and gestures allows the meeting genres to unfold in all their authenticity. The composer Fortunat Frölich does not believe in the dogma of the unity of style; he exploits the ...

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George Gruntz / Peter O. Chotjewitz

George Gruntz / Peter O. Chotjewitz

The Magic of a Flute

In 1972, the German writer Peter O. Chotjewitz was commissioned by the opera house director Rolf Liebermann to write the scenario for an opera. It was to be based on the story of the 'Magic Flute' as devised by Emanuel Schikaneder, which Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart naturally had set to music as one of the greatest masterworks of all time. On the basis of this scenario, reduced to 'storyboards', Geo...

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George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band

George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band

Matterhorn Matters

Matterhorn Matters was recorded at a live concert in Lucerne on the 10th April 2010. Although the band contained several new faces, including brassmen Mike Rodriguez, Jeff Stockton and accordionist Luciano Biondini, it was a night when everything seemed to click musically. No doubt the perfect acoustics in the hall helped, but whatever that mysterious alchemy that grips an ensemble from time to...

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George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band

George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band

News Reel Matters

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Heiri Känzig Quintet featuring Michael Zisman & Matthieu Michel

Heiri Känzig Quintet featuring Michael Zisman & Matthieu Michel

Paris - Buenos Aires

Four years ago, the first CD of "Buenos Aires" was released, and Heiri Känzig had written all the pieces on it. The present album unites music by all the participants. After innumerable concerts, the group formed a common identity - a sound that also forms a proper whole when the individual pieces are by different people. At the same time, "Buenos Aires" was Heiri Känzig's i...

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Herbie Kopf SWILIT

Herbie Kopf SWILIT

Dreist

The Zurich-born electric bass player and composer Herbie Kopf turned 50 years old in 2012. Together with his fellow musicians from Switzerland and Lithuania - that's the reason, by the way, for their name SWILIT - he serves up exciting music on this new CD, Dreist. There are catchy tunes a-plenty here, sophisticated grooves, subtle compositions and sensitive arrangements, and there's intimate i...

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Jellici/Baldes' Soundfields

Jellici/Baldes' Soundfields

Invisible Door

Soundfields. Fields, not landscapes. This concept is important because it implies several things: controlled openness, tension and resistance, a play with mutual stimuli in a limited framework. So: Soundfields, not soundscapes. “I find the term ‘soundscapes’, for example, as something very fixed”, says Johanna Jellici. “You associate them with a specific form of sound generation and arrangemen...

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Joe Haider's Eleven

Joe Haider's Eleven

Lebenslinien

At the age of 75, this pianist, composer and orchestra director still doesn't want to hear anything about softening into old age. Everyone who has anything to do with him will confirm it. And there were many of them on the Swiss jazz scene in recent decades. As the Director of the Swiss Jazz School in Berne, for many years the jazz teaching institution in the country, and as an active creative ...

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La Suite

La Suite

Hilaria Kramer Daniel Humair Florian Stoffner Pietro Leveratto

The project with her new quartet featuring Daniel Humair (percussion), Pietro Leveratto (double bass) and Florian Stoffner (guitar) has been described by Hilaria Kramer roughly as follows: 'It's primarily compositions of our own that have been created off the cuff that lead this band into a lively, endlessly rich musical world somewhere between free and contemporary jazz. Inspired by the origin...

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Matthias Spillmann

Matthias Spillmann

100 Years of Songs

Matthias Spillmann and Pablo Held have prepared a repertoire for this wonderful album that covers a broad spectrum, not just in chronological terms but also geographically and stylistically. Nevertheless, the listener isn’t given the impression of listening to a medley of pieces that don’t hang together. The reason for this is that both musicians cultivate a manner of playing that is enlighte...

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Nicole Herzog meets Don Menza

Nicole Herzog meets Don Menza

That's Life - feat. Jesper Lundgaard, Johannes Herrlich, Oliver Kent and Bernd Reiter

"It's a source of special joy when you can experience how a young artist - in whose talent you've always believed - grows more mature with every new album, gaining in expressive power, refinement and warmth, and then at some point reaches a level that places her squarely on the scene with everyone else, but makes her impossible to miss." (Marcus A. Woelfle, Radio Jazznacht BR2)

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Peter Zihlmann & Lucerne Jazz Orchestra

Peter Zihlmann & Lucerne Jazz Orchestra

Beromünster

“Beromünster” – this was long the name of the Swiss national Radio station. It came to symbolize not just Swiss radio history, but the so-called “spiritual defence” of the country during the uneasy neutrality of the Second World War. “Beromünster” was also an educational and cultural institution spreading knowledge throughout the land. Even today – eight years after the Beromünster transmitter ...

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The Wild Bunch

The Wild Bunch

Ghosts

Together with the GAS Trio's 'Great American Songs' and the 5SIX7 Quintet's 'Portas' (both published by Musikszene Schweiz), 'Ghosts' tops off a sort of contemporary jazz trilogy. THE WILD BUNCH's musical approach is based on conscientious elaboration and playful overtaking of the long-standing jazz tradition.

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Urs Bollhalder Trio

Urs Bollhalder Trio

Eventide

In 2010, at a concert in Frauenfeld, the three musicians Urs Bollhalder, Heiri Känzig and Kevin Chesham gave their first performance as a trio. For many in the audience – and for the band itself – this was a unique experience and can be regarded as the moment that the Urs Bollhalder Trio was born. All the pieces on this CD were composed by Urs Bollhalder and provide the basis for a unique mixt...

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