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Double Life

Double Life

Tomas Sauter / Ralph Alessi / Luzius Schuler / Dominik Burkhalter

Label: Catwalk
Format: CD
Barcode: 4260085534272
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Catalog number: CW 1400122
Releasedate: 07-04-17

- The album's hour playtime flies by without a moment that feels rushed, and the immediate impulse is to press replay, to listen more closely, if not to let the grooves do their work. Budd Kopman, Allaboutjazz / USA,

- Alessi is the trumpet player of the moment and not just since his much appreciated ECM debut as a leader.

You only live twice... Half a century ago this used to be the slogan with which movie trailers were advertising the eponymous James Bond classic. At the same time Joe Zawinul joined up, on Fender Rhodes, with the band of Miles Davis who was about to start his second or third life as a trend setting artist playing his trumpet through effect devices. The electric bass was recently established in jazz music and the era of fusion music was launched. One could say that all this is ancient history but some might argue that it should nonetheless not be forgotten about. Because despite the vast mass of jazz productions in present time jazz only few artists are able to emerge from the shadows of jazz icons. And only a very small circle of artists is capable of catching people's attention through authenticity and musical personality, in the echo of the great traditions. Without any doubt Tomas Sauter belongs to this illustrious circle of artists. A gifted composer, interpreter and

Without any doubt Tomas Sauter belongs to this illustrious circle of artists. A gifted composer, interpreter and guitarist who attracted the attention of the audience with stunning records over the past years and who created a remarkable body of work.
The silent worker is a guarantor for great music and sets a distinctive counterpoint in the gimmicky jazz business. And all of a sudden he breaks in on bass with a profound double life!

 

Ralph Alessi is the trumpet player of the moment and not just since his much appreciated ECM debut as a leader. It
means something that he should joins in and plays as a sideman of a European bandleader
who is making an album on his secondary instrument. And how he does it is literally dazzling. From his first phrase in „Heat Conversion“ one goes to the floor to be given the count slowly and finally being counted out. In general there must have been a good mood at the recording session for Alessi to be enticed to play a few takes on electric bass, his former original instrument.

 

Dominik Burkhalter established his reputation as being one of the first addresses for crisp beats in countless bands and also in his own projects as a leader. With the heart of Bernard «Pretty» Purdie and the technical skills of Marvin „Smitty“ Smith Burkhalter as usual impresses with his powerful precision, crazy beats and reckless fills. What sometimes sounds like spastic stumbling is revealed as risky drum stunts with careful listening. That’s how he creates delicate crazy drumbeats which only John Travolta at his best guided by Tarantinos puppet strings could put on the dance floor.

When „Double Life“ was recorded young Luzius Schuler was still in his Master’s program at the arts academy. Nevertheless he deeply impresses the listener by his terrific improvisations, melodic flights above modal grooves and his commanding comping. It’s simply impressive how a newcomer displays so much inspiration and serenity on a studio session alongside a crack like Ralph Alessi.