Joris Dudli: bandleader, composer, arranger and, last but not least, driving force behind the drums. After an impressive career as mostly a sideman for more than 30 years, his newly formed Sextet with special guest appearances presented on this CD, is the summary of his talent.
Born on 03 /08/ 57 in Frauenfeld, Switzerland, Joris took private piano lessons at age 12 after moving to Vienna, Austria. At age 14 he received some private drum lessons. Also, for a short time he studied jazz theory and arranging at the Vienna Conservatory. But generally speaking, he is what you would call a self-taught musician.
Starting his musical journey in the late 1970’s as a studio session player, 18 year old Dudli can be heard on legendary recordings of Austrian pop heros, such as Wolfgang Ambros’s “Es lebe der Zentralfriedhof,“ Reinhard Fendrich’s “Ich wollte nie einer von denen sein” and the German version of the musical “Cats.”
After that he became a steady member of the Vienna Art Orchestra for many years and worked with all of Austria’s Jazz Greats. Almost all—it wasn’t until 2004 when Dudli finally had a chance to play with Joe Zawinul and his Syndicate.
In the late 1980’s it was U.S. trumpeter Art Farmer who played a major role in connecting Dudli with the New York jazz scene. Today, New York is still an important base for Dudli. The most recent recordings with Vincent Herring’s Earth Jazz Agents (with Anthony Wonsey and Richie Goods) are proof of Dudli’s versatility.
Besides having been a member of the Vienna Art Orchestra and the Art Farmer Quintet for many years, he has recorded and performed with some of the greatest jazz artists of this time: Benny Bailey, Jerry Bergonzi, Johnny Griffin, Clifford Jordan, Jimmy Heath, Tom Harrell, Eddie Henderson, Joe Henderson, Joe Lovano, Mulgrew Miller, Sal Nistico, Mickey Tucker, Harold Vick, and many others.
What People Have to Say about Joris Dudli:
“Dudli (who is, for my money, the real star of this session) tends to provide the sort of drumming you’d expect on a free outing- some rhythmic pulse, but a lore of low rumbling pushing the soloist along as if on a tidal wave … Dudli forcing them to move further ahead … plays as if he has five or six independent limbs. He keeps the beat with the cymbals, and while he is doing that, he is constantly playing, using his drums to make the ground shake under the soloist.”
Eric Saidel for Cadence, USA
“Joris is a wonderful drummer, getting better every day ... a good drummer is irreplaceable, I would like to play with Joris anywhere … he plays in such a wonderful way—it’s a pleasure to share the music with him.”
Art Farmer for JAZZPODIUM, Germany
“Joe Henderson was accompanied by Joris Dudli, who has a way of playing that is alive without complicating things ... .” Boris Rabinowitsch for POLITKEN, Denmark
“... Joris Dudli, so keen of hearing in reaction, so immensely rich in inspiration.”
Werner Urtlauf for NEUES VOLKSBLATT, Austria
“Meanwhile pianist Rob Schneidermann, bassist Ira Coleman and drummer Joris Dudli provided an aptly hushed backdrop (as the rhythm section for the Art Farmer-Clifford Jordan Quintet).
Howard Reich for CHICAGO TRIBUNE, USA
“… and Dudli displayed a lively personality ....”
Lloyd Sachs for CHICAGO SUNDAY TIMES,USA
Internationally recognized jazz critic Bill Mikowski describes the music of the Joris Dudli Quintet:
“An accomplished ensemble led by the veteran Austrian drummer made a strong impression on jazz fans in all three cities. ... this flexible group shifted nimbly from up-tempo swinging numbers to slamming funk grooves, with an occasional foray into smoother territory.”
This album reflects the rewarding journey I have had and I am still on in both my musical and personal life. Throughout years of aiming for the highest level of musicianship and, at the same time, trying to improve personally, I was always fortunate enough to get help from really fine people. And I am even more fortunate to say that throughout those years some of those fine people have become my best friends and happen to be on this very record!