|Cover art: Leah Saulnier|
Leah Saulnier's cover art for "Playtime 2050" acts as a not-so-subtle warning about the changing environmental conditions, an issue not only important to citizens of New Orleans but also many people around the world. The music of Nick Sanders, the playing of the Trio (and, trust me, they are playing in several senses of the word), and the fine sound quality (the pianist produced this album) all add up to a delight aural experience. Although a number of the tracks are short, every song feels complete. Excellent!!
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Here's the opening track (whose title is good advice for all):
Listen to the playful strains of "Inside Zytglogge" named for the ancient clocktower in Bern, Switzerland. Zytglogge was built in the early 1200s and, 100 years later, served as women's prison. A fire ended the presence of a jail and the tower has served as a timekeeper and attraction since then. Note how Klein suggests the mechanisms of a clock in the rhythms on the song and the next track, "Zytglogge II". The "bottom"of the tune, represented by the tuba, trombones, and bass, gives the music great depth. The final track, "Lepo", is a funky piece that has musical asides built into each line with the guitar suggesting a mandolin - it's a delightful puzzle yet the pieces fit perfectly.
No matter how you approach the music on "Swiss Jazz Orchestra & Guillermo Klein", whether you are looking for influences or trying to compare it to earlier music of the composer, this is superb music. The more you listen, the more you hear just how the pieces fit together, how well the band plays, how the composer played to the strengths of the musicians, and created a work of often stunning creativity.
For the translated page from the Swiss Jazz Orchestra's website, go to translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=de&u=https://swissjazzorchestra.com/&prev=search.
Here's the opening track:
Adrian Pflugshaupt - alto, soprano sax, flute
Reto Suhner - alto, soprano sax, clarinet, flute
Cédric Gschwind - tenor sax, clarinet, flute
Jürg Bucher - tenor sax, clarinet, bass clarinet
Matthias Tschopp - baritone sax, bass clarinet
Dave Blaser - trumpet, flugelhorn
Johannes Walter - trumpet, flugelhorn
Lukas Thoeni - trumpet, flugelhorn
Thomas Knuchel - trumpet, flugelhorn
Vincent Lachat - trombone
Stefan Schlegel - trombone
Andreas Tschopp - trombone
Jan Schreiner - tuba
Samuel Leipold - guitar
Philip Henzi - piano
Lorenz Beyeler - bass
Rico Baumann - drums
Guillermo Klein - Fender Rhodes electric piano, composer, arranger