This Album is the result of the first meeting of four Canadian and two Swiss musicians to rediscover some of the work of the late Swiss saxophonist and composer Urs Blöchlinger. This recording is from the only concert performed in their week together.
Dieses Album ist das Resultat des ersten Zusammentreffens von vier Kanadischen und zwei Schweizer Musikern, die sich aufmachten, die Musik des verstorbenen Schweizer Saxophonisten und Komponisten Urs Blöchlinger wieder zu entdecken.
Die vorliegende Aufnahme dokumentiert das einzige Konzert, das sie nach ihrer gemeinsamen Arbeitswoche gaben.
Davis / Ulrich / Baumann / Lutek / Richards / Jefferson
Urs Blöchlinger Tribute
By Glen Hall
The jazz world is awash with tribute concerts/recordings, and that's why it's extraordinary that this one stands out. First, unlike the hordes of tributes to jazz luminaries like Miles, Mingus and Monk, this is dedicated to a musician few outside of Swiss aficionados know. Next, the artists involved didn't do this to bathe in the reflected glory of their dedicatee, since the under-recorded composer/saxist is not well known. So what do bassist Neal Davis and his intercontinental collaborators get out of doing this tribute? Simple: the chance to play intriguing, challenging music with creative peers while drawing attention to a neglected comrade's work. Starting with "Geppetto und Pinocchio," with saxist Peter Lutek's sinuously unfolding solo and Christoph Baumann's crisply articulated piano lines, the CD's six tracks, recorded live at the Rex Jazz Club in Toronto, ON, have the exuberant feel that continues to make jazz a living music. The barn burning "Baghwan Business" with Kelly Jefferson on soprano sax and Tom Richards on trombone wraps up this celebration of a creative musician's life and work. Recommended
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Ambiance Magnetiques AM 185
Urs Bloechlinger Tribute
Pet Mantis Records PMR 004
Hommage a Syd Barrett
Imuzzic CRCD 0821
Angels, Devils and haints
Extended play: Honoring Musical Influences
By Ken Waxman
Mentors and heroes have been celebrated musically for years. In improvised music however, interpretations are more individual, the choice of honorees is quirkier, but the sounds are as impressive – as these CDs demontrate…………………..
Four Torontonian and two Swiss honor Urs Bloechlinger on Tribute, Pet Mantis Records PMR 004, The compositions of Bloechlinger (1954-1995) reflect the saxophonist’s sardonic humor and hint at the depression that lead to his suicide. Organized by bassist Neal Davis, plus two Swiss who worked with Bloechlinger-pianist Christoph Baumann and drummer Dieter Ulrich – the horn section is all Torontonians: trombonist Tom Richards plus reedists Peter Lutek and Kelly Jefferson.
Aylerian echoes animate Lutek’s nephritic cries, with Jefferson lyrical and Tom Richards as fond of plunger work as Jolicoeur. This is especially effective on the lurching theme of “King Arthur meets Hans Eisler in Hollywood.” The trombone blats, Lutek’s alto saxophone slithers and Jefferson’s soprano saxophone trills draw out the narrative. Davis’ walking, Baumann’s comping and Ulrich’s ruffs let the horns interject quotes from other tunes which are diaphanous enough to expose a climatic round of honks and peeps. “Kungusische Arbeitslied” layers themes in sequence. Contrapuntally contrasting trombone growls and reed chirps, the group switches to a marching band emulation following a drum roll. Sluicing horn lines quicken the pace as Ulrich nudges the melody with montuno rhythm. Baumann’s sprawling dynamics singal another shift and suddenly roles reverse. Lutek’s nasal alto, Jefferson’s smooth soprano and Richards gutbucket trombone play the melody as the pianist’s ke wandering replicate a fantasia. A bass string spank completes the tune…………………..
The honorees aren’t around to hear these tributes, but each would be proud.
---for whole Note vol. 15 #2