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Doran-Stucky-Studer-Tacuma: Call Me Helium

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„When things get too heavy, just call me helium, the lightest known gas to man.“

Jimi Hendrix said this in his last interview, rather casually, with a smile on his lips. On September 11, 1970, the guitarist complained to the journalist Keith Abdul Hadi that everything had become so complicated and difficult in the meantime. As a result, he actually wanted to be like helium, that gas, which is seven times lighter than air. Only one week later, Hendrix flew away in fact, light like a helium balloon, into infinity.

"This man really was a gas!!!!!!", the singer Erika Stucky praised him almost 45 years later with the euphoric emphasis of six exclamation points, whereby the word "gas" can be understood as "fun" or "enjoyment" in this context. With guitarist Christy Doran, the drummer and percussionist Fredy Studer and e-bass legend Jamaladeen Tacuma, she continues construction of a monument in sound to Hendrix after precisely one decade. The three Swiss already laid a remarkable foundation for this in 2005 with their live CD "Jimi" (Double Moon Records DMR 71048), but still with Ms. Kim Clarke on bass at that time. "We absolutely wanted to make a studio recording. To that end, Erika, Fredy and I prepared ourselves for a year, met once a month, created ideas and tried things out," Christy Doran explained the motives for the ambitious project. In any case, the Swiss-American all-star band did not want to jazz up the master's work in a complicated fashion. "We are trying to communicate the spirit and the energy of his music with the experience of today's music," Doran emphasized.

Release date: September.2015

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Homepage: www.christydoran.ch

www.erikastucky.ch

www.fredystuder.ch

www..jamaaladeenmusic.ch

Goodman-Bordenave Quintet: Inverted Forest

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The more spectacular, mysterious and artistic the music and the more virtuoso, unpretentious the person who plays it, the more the inconspicuous scribblers metamorphose into glowing poets. Practically nothing has not already been written about Geoff Goodman and his guitar style, which is incomparable in every respect, since he showed up for first time in Europe in 1979. For example, bewildered critics called him the "Juan Miro of strings". The "Süddeutsche Zeitung" wrote that he would be "a passionate crossover artist who continually enters the unknown" The Canadian Jazz Magazine "Cadence" dared to define the style of the 59-year-old in an all-compassing fashion with several common denominators: "post-Bop, post-Monk, post-Ornette, post-Dolphy, post-Frisell, post-everything . . ."

Somehow all of this fits to the likable, roguish and somehow ingenious guitarist. For a complete Goodman portrait, however, you should perhaps add his passion for pop, folk and country. But in principle, the Munich citizen by choice has never been "post" anything, but always "present" at every stage of his work. A modern jazz musician without blinders, who is always evolving without ostentatious effects, regardless of whether in collaboration with co-musicians such as Chris Hirson, Charlie Mariano, Mal Waldron, Tony Lakatos, Nicolas Simion, Ed Schuller, Larry Porter, Allan Praskin, Bill Elgart, Thomas Zoller, Krautrock and the avant-jazz pioneers from Embryo or the Albanian singer Fjoralba Turku as well as regardless of whether as a lecturer at the Jazz Project of Freien Musikzentrum München or via a music scholarship from the state capital Munich for "Metal, Wood and Wire" in 2012. With the French tenor saxophonist Matthieu Bordenave, Goodman has now turned his attention on their first joint CD "Invented Forest" back to his favorite band composition: the quintet.

Release date: September 2015

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Homepage: www.geoffgoodman.com

www.matthieubordenave.de

Dieter Glawischnig: Winged By Distance

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"Dieter Glawischnig, born in Graz in 1938, is still alive (March 2015)", according to the short biography that he wrote himself. It should be added that this Austrian musician, composer, educator and musicologist is successful in all four fields. He was already a pianist as a child, a trumpet player as a teenager in addition, band co-founder for the first time at the age of 26 and back on the piano in the meantime. His groups were called Neighbours, with whom he recorded with Anthony Braxton, Fred Anderson and Albert Mangelsdorff, among others, and much later Cercle, including with Tony Oxley. He had already advanced then from repetiteur at the Graz Opera Hall to conductor of the jazz department at the music college there and even brought jazz to the "Music and Theater College" in Hamburg. He was the conductor of the NDR Big Band in the Hanseatic city for 28 years starting from 1980. The holder of the "Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art, 1st Class" has composed numerous "great compositions in the tradition of committed music, which uses jazz as powerful transport means for the texts", e.g., with the poet Ernst Jandl "Laut und Luise" and "Jedes Ich Nackt", but also "Grimm’s Märchen nach Janosch" or "Die dunkle Seite des Würfels" based as texts by Gunter Falk. Productions with Chet Baker, Albert Mangelsdorff, Abdullah Ibrahim, Martial Solal and Nils Wogram round out the work of this European jazz legend. Dieter Glawischnig can be heard live in a trio with his son Hans on bass and Manfred Schoof on trumpet and flugelhorn on this CD.

Release date: August 2015

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Johanna Schneider Quartet: Pridetime

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The survival reflex. A bit of swing. . . Oh well, let's just call it groove, catchy, iPod compatible harmonies, with which you can hum along, clever, comprehensible texts, a veteran band and listening hurdles that are not too high. After all, the CD is supposed to sell well and not scare off people even partially interested with the plague and cholera branding "jazz". This path of least resistance provides at least a little bit of attention for every woman with a reasonably pleasant voice who is blessed with good looks. Many talented vocalists, who once began training as jazz singers with big ambitions, are now anchored in the safe harbor of the spirit of the times.

But there are exceptions - thankfully! Johanna is one such exception, who thumbs her nose at the trend to randomness and anonymity in the German vocal jazz scene with courage, perseverance, improvisation pleasure and a refreshing tendency towards perfectionism. When did you last hear a singer scat so wildly in these times of pop-jazz elves, with a distinctive expression almost approaching its own language of art at times. When was there a vocal album recently by a young person, who has dedicated herself completely to jazz and takes every freedom of phrasing, whether in the interpretation of standards or her very personal own songs? "Oliver Hochkeppel asks in the liner notes to Johanna Schneider's debut album" Pridetime," which adds a new, very bright shimmering gem to the successful Jazz thing Next Generation series.

Release date: August 2015

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Thomas Rückert Trio: Parvaneh

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The fact that Thomas Rückert has been going against the tide passionately since the beginning of his career has earned him a lot of recognition and an extraordinary form of attention. The pianist from Cologne searches incessantly far from trodden paths for tones previously unheard, mixes new sounds and does not push to the foreground in an affected manner even at the risk of being perhaps ignored. The 45-year-old could start actually get going immediately based on his talent and skills. However, he prefers to insert moments of silence when most begin to plonk away, creates complex harmonious structures rather than houses of cards, brooding where others swagger. Thomas Rückert does not take from the repertoire of dead music, but instead searches for material that lives beneath the surface. His philosophy of a piano trio runs in opposition to expectations of quickly consumed excitement. Such serenity has matured over many years.

Release date: August 2015

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Homepage: www.thomasrueckert.com