“’It is a journey that the pianist invites the listener to embark on," writes Alain Drouot, jazz journalist from Chicago. revealing a panorama of uncharted territories, the opener “yume” suggests that it will be well worth the trip.
Swiss pianist Stefan Aeby’s first solo piano recording is the product of three and half years of incubation and shows an understanding of what can be accomplished when taking advantage of a studio setting. whether composed or improvised, the pieces all have a common...

Stefan Aeby - Piano
André Pousaz - Bass
Michi Stulz - Drums

"The concert of the Stefan Aeby Trio at the Intakt Festival at Vortex Jazz Club in London 2017 was a highlight of live music in the capital that year. It made an emphatic statement on how improvisation transcends borders and underlined the strength of a new generation of players.
London journalist Kevin Le Genre writes: "Aeby, drummer Michi Stulz and double bassist André Pousaz make for an inherently contemporary propositi

Stefan Aeby: Piano
André Pousaz: Bass
Michi Stulz: Drums
“Acclaimed Swiss pianist and composer Stefan Aeby presents with his trio his debut on Intakt Records as a bandleader. His excellent new album "to the light" with bass player André Pousaz and drummer Michi Stulz has a clear, unique identity. The trio follows a free vision of minimal sound art, leaving space and time to react to each other, and to revel in the sounds.
Florian Keller writes in the liner notes: "To build their....

Christian Lillinger: Drums
Petter Eldh: Bass
Wanja Slavin: Saxophone
Peter Evans: Trumpet
"You are gonna love this quartet", writes American journalist Kevin Whitehead. "This quartet was preceded by the Starlight trio of the Berlin players Christian Lillinger, Petter Eldh and Wanja Slavin, but Peter Evans is obviously a full partner in a new band. He brought some prime material, and shows uncanny range. His improvising is airy and abstract, tuneful, and tinged with the blues. His lines..

Reid Anderson: Electric Bass, Electronics
Dave King: Acoustic and Electronic Drums
Craig Taborn: Synthesizers, Electric and Acoustic Piano

“Reid Anderson, Dave King, Craig Taborn: the start of this intimate fellowship, also a narrative showing the invaluable role of friendship in music, is dated 1982. At the forefront are songs based on a pop sensibility, played live without sequencers and delivered by astounding improvisers and virtuoso instrumentalists, eschewing the muscular...

Lotte Anker, Soprano, Alto and Tenor Saxophones / Sylvie Courvoisier, Piano / Ikue Mori, Electronics

"Of the three, Anker has the deepest background in jazz; after studies at Copenhagen University Rhytmic Conservatory, where she came in contact.

Joey Baron: Drums, Percussion
Robyn Schulkowsky: Drums, Percussion

"Robyn Schulkowsky, New Music's high priestess of percussion, and Joey Baron, one of the liveliest and most creative drummers in New York's Downtown scene, come from very different avant-garde traditions. Yet in meshing their talents when they play, categories blur – or rather dissolve. What they bring with them is a kind of oceanic experience.
Joey Baron is at home in contemporary jazz. He is one of John Zorn's favorite..

Conrad Bauer: Trombone / Peter Kowald: Bass / Günter Sommer: Drums

For fifteen years, the trio Bauer-Kowald-Sommer toured, playing at numerous festivals in Europe and the USA, at the "Black Art Festival" in Atlanta Cityor at the...

Luciano Biondini: Accordion solo
"Luciano Biondini is one of the few outstanding masters of the accordion in Europe, a musician who is at home with jazz music as well as being deeply rooted in the music of his homeland: the mediterranean.

After two CDs with Swiss drummer Lucas Niggli and French tuba player Michel Godard, Biondini has recorded a solo album for the Intakt label, dedicated entirely to the music of the area he grew up in: the city of Spoleto, in Umbria, Northern Italy. His plays..

Luciano Biondini: Accordion / Michel Godard: Tuba, Serpent, Bass / Lucas Niggli: Drums

"When Luciano Biondini, Michel Godard und Lucas Niggli play music together the borders between Early and New Music, between imaginary folk and jazz inspired.

This band continues in sound and spirit to his post-rock leaning 'jazz' outfit, Alas No Axis, but with different players and a bit of a different result. Still, if you are a fan of ANA, you'll love this.
Oskar Guojonsson : Tenor Saxophone
Elias Stemeseder: Keyboards
Chris Tordini: Electric Bass
Jim Black: Drums & Sampler

"Malamute is Jim Black’s latest gathering of like-minded musical souls. The band toured Europe for the first time in May 2015 performing sketches of the musi

Elias Stemeseder: Piano
Thomas Morgan: Bass
Jim Black: Drums

“The Chicoago Reader describes the Jim Black Trio with Thomas Morgan (Bass) and Elias Stemeseder (Piano) "one of the best bands in Jim Black's busy career". In the HardStudios Winterthur the trio recorded this new album over two days. It is their fourth CD as a trio and their second release on Intakt Records.
Drummer Jim Black has one of the most immediately recognizable styles in Jazz -– his wonderful unhinged playing bear

Jim Black: Drums, Composition
Elias Stemeseder: Piano
Thomas Morgan: Bass
"Since the nineties, the drummer and bandleader Jim Black has been one of the most influential figures of progressive jazz. On his Intakt Records debut, Jim Black plays with the acclaimed young pianist Elias Stemeseder and highly in-demand New York bass player Thomas Morgan contemporary jazz with distinctive arrangements, complex rhythms and expressive improvisations.
Hank Shteamer writes in the linernotes...

Stephan Crump: Acoustic Bass
Kris Davis: Piano
Eric McPherson: Drums
"Borderlands Trio, the collective effort of bassist Stephan Crump, pianist Kris Davis and drummer Eric McPherson, has luck on its side. Less than a year old, its chemistry is unusually deep. And while I don’t often use the term, it’s also a band that boasts a bit of magic.
The album title Asteroida is the Latin term for starfish – a creature that can regenerate parts of itself whenever need be. That idea resonates with.

Anthony Braxton ,Alto Saxophone
Anthony Braxton’s musical cosmos has no limits, is colorful and moves tumultuously. In the world of jazz, he made his debut with the solo double-LP, For Alto. The first unaccompanied saxophone solo jazz record was a...

Sarah Buechi, Voice, Composition, Lyrics
Stefan Aeby, Piano
André Pousaz, Double Bass
Lionel Friedli, Drums

"Turning something complicated into something straight_forward. Loaded questions into shimmering and dancing images. Follow your heart. Find your way, keep on moving relentlessly. Together with Sarah Buechi in the Shadow Garden.

Bert Noglik writes in the liner notes: "The scope of songs ranges from those with a ballad feel up to those surging with emotion, from...

Eugene Chadbourne: Guitar, Banjo, Dobro, Voice
"For me playing solo is the purest form of expression. The two solo CDs Strings and Songs give a representativ cross section of my work. In a way they go to the heart of my music."- Eugene Chadbourne...

Eugene Chadbourne: Guitar, Banjo, Dobro, Voice
"For me playing solo is the purest form of expression. The two solo CDs Strings and Songs give a representativ cross section of my work. In a way they go to the heart of my music."- Eugene Chadbourne

Don Cherry: Trumpet
John Tchicai: Alto Saxophone, Voice
Irène Schweizer: Piano
Léon Francioli: Bass
Pierre Favre: Drums
"The music of this concert is adventurous, taking the liberty of breaking all the rules of style through playing without getting totally out of hand", writes Christian Rentsch in the liner notes. In short: This CD is a stroke of luck.
For decades, the live recording of the Musical Monsters from 30 August 1980 lay carefully packed away in the archives of the...

Lindsay Cooper: Bassoon, Saxophone, Composer / Phil Minton: Voice / Elvira Plenar: Piano / Robyn Schulkowsky: Percussion / Dean Brodrick: Accordeon, Keyboards / Paul Jayasinha: Trumpet, Cello / Robyn Archer: Lyrics


Sylvie Courvoisier Piano
Mark Feldman Violin
Scott Colley Bass
Billy Mintz Drums

"'Birdies for Lulu" unveils a revamped Sylvie Courvoisier - Mark Feldman quartet, with the much sought-after bassist Scott Colley and drummer Billy.

Sylvie Courvoisier, Piano, Composition / Mark Feldman, Violin / Vincent Courtois, Cello / Ikue Mori, Electronics / Gerald Cleaver, Drums

In April 2006, Courvoisier reconvened the quintet with Mark Feldman, Vincent Courtois, Ikue Mori, Gerald...

Sylvie Courvoisier: Piano / Jacques Demierre: Piano

"In this collection of pieces, selected from among the output of a recording session that lasted almost two whole days and represented a joint project, the playing reflects the complementary...

Sylvie Courvoisier: Piano
Mark Feldman: Violin

“For almost 20 years, Sylvie Courvoisier and Mark Feldman have been continuously redefining the dialogue between Western and American music, improvisation and composition, tradition and modernity. The most diverse playing attitudes and atmospherics network in the alert reactions of the two players – dance, world-weariness, liberating noise, shrill jumping cascades, the confession of simple beauty.
Their latest live release was described...

Sylvie Courvoisier: Piano
Mark Feldman: Violin
Evan Parker: Soprano & Tenor Saxophone
Ikue Mori: Electronics

"Miller's Tale is the high point of the collaboration of the distinctive musicians Sylvie Courvoisier, Mark Feldmann, Evan Parker and Ikue Mori. In September 2015, they recorded the fully improvised pieces for this album. The album's track sequencing of first four whole group pieces followed by five duo pieces offer multifaced aural impressions and a rich listening experience.

"Since their move to Brooklyn, New York, in 1998, Sylvie Courvoisier has been at home in both worlds, Europe and America. In both her playing and her composition she shows neoclassical influences mixed with European improvised music and the...

Marilyn Crispell: Piano
Gerry Hemingway: Drums, Percussion, Vibraphone

"In the summer of 2013 the duo of Marilyn Crispell (piano) and Gerry Hemingway (drums) played at a number of prestigious festivals all over Europe. On their new album...

Barry Guy: Bass / Marilyn Crispell: Piano / Paul Lytton: Drums

After two highly praised trio CDs, Odysse and Ithaca, the composer and bassist Barry Guy presents a new CD with the same trio members, pianist Marilyn Crispell and percussionist...

Stephan Crump: Acoustic Bass
Ingrid Laubrock: Tenor and Soprano Saxophones
Cory Smythe: Piano

“For me, free improvisation is nothing more than composing – spontaneous composing from the moment," says bassist Stephan Crump. In this trio, three ideal-typical partners come together who bring along thinking in compositional structures. Saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock is active as a composer in her countless projects, always swinging playfully between composition and improvisation and moving...

Steve Lehman: Alto Saxophone / Stephan Crump: Acoustic Bass.

"Steve Lehman and Stephan Crump are two of the most exciting agents of the young New York jazz scene. Crump has earned considerable acclaim as a member of Vijay Iyer's trio and...

Jacques Demierre: Piano
Barry Guy: Bass
Lucas Niggli: Drums

"Dense and sensitive, precise and passionate!» is what the press said after the trio of Jacques Demierre, Barry Guy, and Lucas Niggli performed in front of a good 3’000...

Harry Sokal Tenor & Soprano Sax, Effects
Heiri Känzig Bass
Martin Valihora Drums

"The new album by the trio DEPART contains highly explosive, groove based music. Three very talented musicians form the new line-up: saxophonist Harry...

Xaver Rüegg: Double Bass
Tapiwa Svosve: Alto Saxophone, Synths / Electronics
Vojko Huter: Guitar, Synths / Electronics
Paul Amereller: Drums

"All in their twenties, the four young men are currently a top tip on the Swiss jazz scene. District Five have taken time over their debut album, the antithesis of short-term project culture. Now, with Decoy, they do justice to the album’s title, throwing us a seductive bait.
The aim behind the album is to transcend conventional jazz and...

Kaja Draksler: Piano
Petter Eldh: Bass
Christian Lillinger: Drums

“Kaja Draksler, Petter Eldh and Christian Lillinger are among the most thrilling, deep, and versatile figures to emerge in Europe over the last decade and the music of the trio is nothing less than a hybrid of personalities largely unimaginable if one examined the work of the players outside of this configuration. They knew they had something special right away.
Lillinger and Eldh have been working together for much of

Florian Egli: Saxophone
Dave Gisler: Guitar
Martina Berther: E-Bass
Rico Baumann: Drums
"Saxophonist Florian Egli presents with his band 'Weird Beard' his debut on Intakt Records. Deeply rooted in the jazz tradition Weird Beard creates with stylistic openness an independent and characterful music in the undogmatic field of contemporary jazz. Everything Moves is a characterful album with a strong pulling power and manages to combine lyrical passages with the unpredictable."...

Axel Dörner: Trumpet
Rudi Mahall: Bass Clarinet
Jan Roder: Bass
Uli Jennessen: Drums

In the nineties, the quartet Die Enttäuschung [The Disappointment] released their first record solely with pieces by Thelonius Monk. Die...

Axel Dörner: Trumpet / Rudi Mahall: Bass Clarinet / Jan Roder: Bass / Uli Jennessen: Drums

"What’s the best jazz como today? An elder statesman’s allstar band? Some recent hotshot conservatory grads? A mid-career hero’s touring group? For m

Rudi Mahall: Bass Clarinet, Clarinet
Axel Dörner: Trumpet
Christof Thewes: Trombone
Jan Roder: Bass
Michael Griener: Drums
"Die Enttäuschung has worked its way through whatever combination of bass clarinet, trumpet, double bass and drum you can think of. With Alexander von Schlippenbach they scored a coup: Monk’s entire oeuvre presented in one live concert and documented in a three-CD box set. The Enttäuschung not only absorbed an unbelievable amount of jazz history, they also...

Daniel Erdmann: Saxophone / Samuel Rohrer: Drums / Vincent Courtois: Cello / Frank Möbus: Guitar.

"Erdmann-Rohrer with Courtois and Möbus draw on the abundant treasure of their musical experience: rock sounds, jazz feeling, popular music...

Ellery Eskelin: Tenor Saxophone
Christian Weber: Bass
Michael Griener: Drums
"The trio with Ellery Eskelin, Christian Weber and Michael Griener presents an extraordinary album: on Sensations Of Tone the New York saxophonist, the Berlin drummer and the Swiss bassist play Free Music as well as Traditional Jazz. "We dug more deeply into our improvisations and looked directly at this shared affinity for early jazz", Ellery Eskelin writes in the liner notes. The Eskelin-Weber-Griener trio does not

Pierre Favre: Drums, Percussion.

A reissue of three RARE albums from 1970, 1972, 1978, all of which are solo recordings.

"PIerre Favre's 1970s solo works are important mile­stones in the history of European jazz. Any discography of...

Pierre Favre Percussion / Lucas Niggli Percussion / Roberto Ottaviano Saxophone / Michel Godard Tuba, Serpent / Philipp Schaufelberger Guitar / Karel Boeschoten Violin / Marius Ungureanu Viola / Pierre-François Massy Bass


Claudio Puntin: Clarinet, Bass Clarinet / Samuel Blaser: Trombone / Philipp Schaufelberger: Guitar / Beat Hofstetter: Soprano Saxophone / Sascha Armbruster: Alto Saxophone / Andrea Formenti: Tenor Saxophone / Beat Kappeler: Baritone Saxophone.

"Pierre Favre: The percussionist as poet; the drummer as soundscape painter; the composer as storyteller. Singing Drums was Pierre Favre's first percussion ensemble. A title which sets the agenda: the search for a voice for drums. Hardly any other drummer has worked as consistently with drumming and percussion ensembles as Pierre Favre. Pierre Favre worked with his new ensemble with Chris Jaeger, Valeria Zangger and Markus Lauterburg for five years on this repertoire. Although most of the pieces...

Pierre Favre: Drums, Percussion, Compositions
Michel Godard: Tuba, Serpent
Beat Hofstetter: Soprano Saxophone
Sascha Armbruster: Alto Saxophone
Andrea Formenti: Tenor Saxophone
Beat Kappeler: Baritone Saxophone


Yang Jing, Pipa
Pierre Favre, Drums, Percussion

"Favre met Yang Jing at a 1999 festival in Beijing. They have since met numerous times for concert series. Perre Favre understands his instruments in terms of musical possibilities (which...

Philipp Schaufelberger: Guitar / Pierre Favre: Drums.

"Pierre Favre, the great pioneer of the European jazz scene, the tone-colour-painter among the Jazz drummers, presents two duo-CDs with young musicans: this one with Philipp Schaufelberger on

Samuel Blaser: Trombone / Pierre Favre: Drums.

"Pierre Favre, the great pioneer of the European jazz scene, the tone-colour-painter among the Jazz drummers, presents two duo-CDs with young musicans: this one with Samuel Blaser on trombone "

Pierre Favre: Percussion / Lucas Niggli: Percussion / Roberto Ottaviano: Saxophones / Michel Godard: Tuba, Serpent

" Pierre Favre has been performing as a solo percussionist since the beginning of the Seventies. Since then, critics have been.