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Christophe Schweizer's Young Rich & Famous: Grand Grace

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Young in years, but rich in experience: becoming famous is certainly possible, even if not among a listening audience that above all is searching for choice simplicity. It goes without saying that a musician with an innate pun as a name (and the last name betrays the country of birth) would also give his band a name with a twinkle in his eye: Young Rich & Famous. When a CD is then also titled "Grand Grace", then you can assume that the music is full of creativity, spontaneity, wisdom and even courage. As Christophe Schweizer (trans. note: name translates as "Swiss") explains in his liner notes, you cannot say in advance how listeners will find the music and what it will trigger in them. With improvising musicians, you can't even say in advance how they will interpret and adorn the compositions. You know that even less when flowing transitions from written down and improvised passages are aimed for as with Grand Grace, which are then barely discernible when you listen to them. Schweizer is that much happier that the interpretations by Wanja Slavin, Oliver Potratz and Christian Lillinger “are much more beautiful than everything that I wished for beforehand." Compositions, which develop an almost hypnotic stimulus due to their structure, are made even more intensive thanks to the improvisations and radiate their own magic. This quartet was formed to present a gift of music to every listener with a free spirit and unprejudiced auditory canals.

Releasedate: May 2015
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Gebhard Ullmann Basement Research: Hat And Shoes

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Gebhard Ullmann celebrates twenty years of his band Basement Research with a striking new CD Hat and Shoes to be released February 10, 2015 on Between the Lines. Featuring the renowned multi-instrumentalist Ullmann, trombonist Steve Swell, saxophonist Julian Argüelles, bassist Pascal Niggenkemper, and drummer Gerald Cleaver, the band’s 7th CD showcases improvisors at the top of their game and Ullmann’s rich, dynamic compositions. This is Ullmann’s 50th CD as a leader/co-leader.

Basement Research’s first album – featuring Ullmann with Ellery Eskelin, Drew Gress and Phil Haynes – was released in 1995 on the Italian label Soul Note. Many albums later and following careful changes in the line-up, the consistency of the research project is still clearly detectable: discovering the basis of improvised music, the mechanism of musical dialog, the search for previously unheard sounds and the secret of nonverbal, intuitive communication between individuals. This only works live and in real time. It is not a matter of chance that all previous six albums by Basement Research were released in connection with or as the result of a tour.

Releasedate: January 2015
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Homepage: www.gebhard-ullmann.com

Reto Suhner - Fabian M. Mueller: Schattenspiel

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Two people, two instruments. Sound aesthetics developed jointly over the years. Dialogs with depth, improvisations with strong melodies and breathtaking building up of tension. What Reto Suhner and Fabian M. Mueller develop in free communication is of ecstatic beauty. They find hidden paths with uncanny instinct through the jungle of improvisation, feel their way playfully through harmonic sequences and even make discoveries in minimalistic or noisy passages. This common base has developed over many years, and the time has finally come to document this extremely fruitful duet work. In their respective working bands (Reto Suhner Quartett and FM Trio) of many years, both dedicate themselves to the limits of the composed and the improvised. As a duet, they go into a free fall of inspiration and impulses of the moment. That could end with a hard landing, but not with Mueller and Suhner. Their playing is not without prerequisites, but instead is based on solid training, mature playing technique, years of playing in practice and a generous dose of curiosity. As a result, the music grows wings and the free fall ends in blissful floating.

Releasedate: November 2014
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Homepage: www.retosuhner.com/

Scott Fields String Feartet: Mostly Stick

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One year after "Kintsugi" (BTLCHR 71235) and shortly after the double CD "Haydn" (BTLCHR 71237), a third CD by the Scott Fields String Feartet is being released on Between The Lines. Contrary to its direct predecessor, there is no explicit reference to classical composers anymore. Scott Fields' guitar also takes up more space, even though it is a special feature of "Feartet" that the ensemble playing is in the foreground. Despite all specifications with respect to the compositions and detailed arrangements, the leeway for improvising can be heard in all instruments all the time. Freely created lines of individual musicians cross almost unnoticed with the composed parts. Fields succeeds in creating a perfect symbiosis of both parts such as is seldom heard. The "master juggler between improvised jazz and new music" (jazzpodium, May 2014) presents six "comprovisation" on Mostly Stick, from which the majority also easily surpass the 10-minute limit. He titles them again with subtle humor: "Carolina Reaper" refers to the hottest chilli variety in the world, "Hello to Jason Isaacs" refers to the British actor who became know through Harry Potter films and "Schmatta" is a word from Yiddish which means "rags" (in the sense of inferior clothes) that has entered everyday speech in the USA.

Releasedate: October 2014
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Scott Fields String Feartet: Haydn

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The “Haydn” music is not first time that Scott Fields has used classical material as source material. He composed a similar project 10 years ago for choreographer Li Chiao-Ping’s "Bach Project", which was based on the six suites for cello by Johann Sebastian Bach (BWV 1007-1012). Using this experience, Fields explains, "I began my assault on the Sun Quartets. The object was to make a new work while preserving Haydn’s DNA." In this radical revision and reinterpretation, the traditional performance mode of classical music is really shaken up. Variations in performances of classical music stem from nuances of different interpretations of written-down material, whether as true to the original as possible or modernized or somewhere in between.

Releasedate: August 2014
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