Danny Jazz Trio – Gymnosphère

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Today I would like to present you a CD of mine.

Together with my friends and fellow musicians Daniel Gaggioli on saxophone and Meinrad Thalmann on double-bass we recorded and produced our first CD “Gymnosphère”.

Seven of the songs have been written by Daniel, I am the author of one tune and three cover versions of jazz standards have been recorded for the CD.

The whole project started a year ago, when we decided to produce our own CD. We arranged a workshop in Merano and booked the studio and started to write and select songs.

The recording session took three days and all songs have been recorded live in the Splendorstudio in Bern (www.splendorstudio.ch). Big thanks to Martin Kissing for his professional work and his enthusiastic support.

In the week before the recording we went for a workshop in Merano, Italy (www.meranojazz.it) where we were able to present our work to the teachers at the workshop and had the chance to play together for a whole week. Special thanks here to Ewald Kontschieder who supported us so perfectly and to Franco D’Andrea who was our teacher during this week and played with us at the final workshop concert.

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Back to the CD. Daniel wrote a little suite called “An Apple A Day – Keeps The Doctor Away” which was split on the CD as the second and second last song. The title song “Gymnosphère” is a slow and breezy waltz. The last song “Duck Walk” is really humorously and straight swinging with Danny and me playing solos alternately.

Daniel plays alto and soprano sax, I use a chorus  on some tunes and different reverb effects have been added in the mixing process, which results in a variety of different sounds. “Change Or Quit” is really dry and “Poinciana” and “An Apple A Day” have much more volume.

I am really proud of this CD and I have added teasers of all songs at the end of this post. Enjoy listening.

We will have a CD party on March 12, 2015 at the Ono in Bern (www.onobern.ch).

You can order the CD directly from Daniel (www.danielgaggioli.ch) or from CeDe.ch (www.cede.ch).

Monika Roscher Big Band

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Here is a Big Band from Munich, Germany that won the Echo prize (one of the most prestigious prizes in Germany) for the “Jazz Newcomer National 2014″, the “Monika Roscher Big Band”.

This Big Band exists since 2010 and started as a project during Monikas studies at the Munich’s academy of music.

The sound of this band is based on the idea of a Jazz Big Band, with a really regular setup of 5 saxophones, 5 trumpets, 4 trombones and a rhythm section with one extra musician for electronics.

Monika herself plays guitar, usually a Fender Stratocaster, sings and is responsible for all compositions and arrangements.

The sound of this band not easy to describe, but people who listen to Jazz, electronic music, trip hop or indie music will find elements of those styles in the music of this band.

Their first album “Failure in Wonderland” was recorded in 2012 and created a huge press reaction, which allowed the band to tour in 2013 extensively throughout Germany. The band performed the closing concert at the Berlin Jazzfest and shared the stage with John Scofield. The broadcast of this concert on several radio stations made the band even more popular. Since then the enthusiasm for the music of the Monika Roscher Big Band hasn’t stopped.

I need to confess here that I share this enthusiasm. Listening to this CD  was also for me one the most surprising moments this year. I think that this is really a path where musicians have found a new and unique look onto the genre “Big Band”.

Let’s hope that I have a chance to see this band live in the near future.

More information on tour dates and the band is available on their website under http://www.monikaroscher.com

Here is the latest video “Future 3″, a compilation of on-stage and backstage impressions of concerts in 2014.

And finally an iTunes playlist: