Archive for September, 2016

Christophe Schweizer ‘The Broader Picture’ Out Sept. 30

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016


Swiss-German Arranger Christophe Schweizer

Collaborates with Famed WDR Big Band Cologne,

Setting Original Small Group Compositions of BILLY HART

For Full Big Band Complement
The Broader Picture (enja-yellowbird)
Is Out September 30th, 2016

First full-length album dedicated to large ensemble arrangements of Jabali’s original music. Compositions are drawn from “Enchance” (Horizon A&M, 1977), Rah (Gramavision, 1987) & “Oceans of Time” (Arabesque, 1997), among others.

Picture a young musician from Switzerland one sunny New York morning in September 1992, in the basement of The Mannes College of Music.  The ensemble class has just finished a performance of a Bud Powell composition called “Webb City” at the request of their coach, and it’s obvious these five musicians from radically different cultural backgrounds – some of whom will later go on to become well known in different scenes – feel less than at ease playing with each other for the first time.

After a moment of silence, pregnant with uncertainty, the ensemble coach finally declares, “You guys need to learn how to love each other.” You can guess who that teacher was.

Swiss-born, Hamburg-based arranger-composer Christophe Schweizer is of course is just one of hundreds, if not thousands of musicians and fans, that maestro Billy Hart has touched – and continues to touch as an educator and performer.  Schweizer calls Hart’s touch a “generosity of self.”  Over the course of a career spanning over five decades, Hart’s collaborations are perhaps greater in significance, number, and diversity than most living jazz musicians.


Drummer Franklin Kiermyer Returns With His Most Spiritual Release To Date

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016


Closer To The Sun (Mobility Music) Furthers A Lifelong Practice Of Meditation And Contemplation, Co-Produced by Famed Producer Michael Cuscuna

Kiermyer Presents a New Band with Lawrence Clark (saxophone), Davis Whitfield (piano) and Otto Gardner (bass) – Each Committed to Depth and Openness of Spirit

On his newest album, Closer To The Sun, drummer, composer and bandleader Franklin Kiermyer pursues his singular quest, digging deeper to the roots of transformational music. It was always the feeling of the music that motivated his playing and on this latest offering, his focused spiritual practice leads the music even further. Co-producer Michael Cuscuna remarks, “Franklin went beyond his influences. He found his own way to play drums–his own time concept–his own way of organizing a performance. The music always swings in it’s own way, on it’s own terms.”

Kiermyer’s album Solomon’s Daughter (Evidence, 1994)–featuring Pharoah Sanders, John Esposito and Drew Gress–put him on the map. His subsequent album Kairos (Evidence, 1994) established him as a leader in what one writer called “Ecstatic American Music.” For the next few years, Kiermyer toured with his quartet, appearing at leading venues like Yoshi’s, Sweet Basil and The Montreal Jazz Festival. Soon after, he seemed to virtually drop from view.  From 1997 to 2013 Kiermyer only released two albums and toured rarely. (more…)

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