Claudio Puntin, Clarinets / Nils Wogram, Trombone / Philipp Schaufelberger, Guitar/ Peter Herbert, Bass / Lucas Niggli, Drums

"The drummer and band leader Lucas Niggli, with his trio ZOOM and quintet Big ZOOM, provided the big surprises at

Anne La Berge: Flutes, Electronics / Nils Wogram: Trombone, Melodica / Philipp Schaufelberger: Guitar / Barry Guy: Bass / Lucas Niggli: Drums, Percussion.

Lucas Nggli has rebuilt BIG ZOOM. Two experienced improvisators of great reputatio

Nils Wogram, Trombone / Philipp Schaufelberger, Guitar / Lucas Niggli, Drums

"The Swiss drummer Lucas Niggli, who¹s not incorrectly compared with the New York drummer Joey Baron, has intensively tasted stylistic limitlessness: as pulsing...

Omri Ziegele: Alto Saxophone, Voice
Ray Anderson: Trombone
Jan Schlegel: E-Bass
Dieter Ulrich: Drums, Bugle

"The Zürich trio Noisy Minority with New York tombone player Ray Anderson: Anderson is the outstanding trombonist of the American jazz scene, and Noisy Minority, Zurich saxophonist Omri Ziegele’s band, is known for its modern jazz with expressive power, drive and buoyancy. Bandleader Ziegele composed eight new pieces for the album “Wrong Is Right”. It’s a dare-devil ride in...

Gabriela Friedli: Piano / Co Streiff: Alt & Soprano Saxophone / Jan Schlegel: E-Bass / Dieter Ulrich: Drums

"Gabriela Friedli, Co Streiff, Jan Schlegel and Dieter Ulrich have created a work of astonishing freshness and beauty,» writes the N

Gabriela Friedli: Piano Co Streiff: Alt- & Soprano Saxophone Jan Schlegel: E-Bass Dieter Ulrich: Drums

"For ten years four of the most willful musicians from Zurich are working together in the Quartett Objets Trouvés: Gabriela Friedli, Co Strei

Larry Ochs: Tenor and Sopranino Saxophones
Joan Jeanrenaud: Cello
Miya Masaoka: Koto

"Three San Francisco Bay Area masters come together here to play music composed by Larry Ochs for the unusual trio of saxophone, cello, and Japanese..

Urs Leimgruber: Soprano and Tenor Saxophone / Christy Doran: Electric Guitar, Devices / Bobby Burr:i Double-Bass, Devices / Fredy Studer: Drums, Percussion.

"The band is cult. Because of their history and because of their playing. They took.

Aruán Ortiz: Piano
Brad Jones: Bass
Chad Taylor: Drums, Mbira

"When Aruán Ortiz appeared with his new trio at Zürich’s unerhört!-festival on 26 November 2016, the sense of anticipation was palpable; how would the music from the well-received studio album Hidden Voices feel in a live context. The trio were at the end of their first European tour, and on a roll. Immediately after the concert Ortiz was already enthusing about the interaction and musical dialogue.
“Mulling it over” – ...

Aruán Ortiz: Piano
Eric Revis: Bass
Gerald Cleaver: Drums

"The Cuban-American pianist and composer Aruán Ortiz has finally arrived on the international jazz scene, following a few earlier releases. His excellent new album "Hidden Voices" recorded as a trio with bass player Eric Revis and drummer Gerald Cleaver is the proof.

Ortiz, who grew up in Santiago de Cuba, has been called the latest Cuban prodigy to arrive in the US. His carefully structured music is an exciting mix of...

Evan Parker: Saxophone
Barry Guy: Bass
Paul Lytton: Drums

"Evan Parker, Barry Guy and Paul Lytton – three legendary figures in the field of improvisation – have each developed their own epochal styles. These long-time friends and collaborators now present the latest of their Trio recordings – part of an ongoing series that began in 1980 with the now out-of-print LP 'Tracks'. Their powerful improvisations reveal them as a trio of unyielding innovation, both conserving and constantly...

Ernst Ludwig Petrowsky Alto Saxophone, Clarinet
Michael Griener Drums

"The duo saxophone-drums – a classical formation in jazz – offers remarkable possibilities. The Berlin musicians Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky and Michael Griener use this...

Christoph Irniger Tenor Saxophone
Dave Gisler: Guitar
Stefan Aeby: Piano
Raffaele Bossard Bass
Michi Stulz: Drums
"The quintet Pilgrim, founded by Zurich based tenor saxophonist Christoph Irniger, has become over the years one of the most exciting ensembles in young European Jazz. After the highly praised group’s latest studio recording 'Italian Circus Story', Pilgrim – driven by enthusiasm and inventiveness – presents the vibrant live album 'Big Wheel'. Recorded during acclaimed...

Paul Plimley Piano, Voice / Barry Guy Bass, Voice / Lucas Niggli Drums, Voice.

"In the spring of 2012, during a tour of Europe, Plimley, Guy and Niggli recorded this album at a studio session in the "Loft" in Cologne, Germany. Barry Guy and...

Ralph Alessi, Trumpet / Ingrid Laubrock, Saxophones / Kris Davis, Piano / Drew Gress, Bass / Tom Rainey, Drums

"On the second CD on Intakt Records with his own band Tom Rainey surprises with standards like Dave Brubeck's «In Your Own Sweet

Tom Rainey: Drums / Ingrid Laubrock: Saxophones / Mary Halvorson: Guitar

"Tom Rainey, informed by free improvisation and subtle compositional strategies, and by echoes of jazz eras and modes of conduct past and future, is one of the important..

Tom Rainey drums
Ingrid Laubrock saxophones
Mary Halvorson guitar
"After making the studio recording "Camino Ciel Echo", New York drummer Tom Rainey’s trio has now recorded a “live” album containing the distilled essence of numerous concerts including several European tours.

Tom Rainey, born in 1957 in Santa Barbara, was known at an earlier stage of his career as an exceptional drummer. Since he moved to New York he has played with some of the “heavy weights” of the contemporary jazz

Ralph Alessi: Trumpet
Ingrid Laubrock: Saxophones
Kris Davis: Piano
Drew Gress: Bass
Tom Rainey: Drums
Tom Rainey is one of jazz / avant music's current greats on the drums and what a band he's got here! Recommended!

"On this second CD with his band Obbligato Tom Rainey surprises with standards and beautiful love songs like «Stella by Starlight», «What Is This Thing Called Love» or «I Fall in Love too Easily».
Tom Rainey has played in bands with Tim Berne, Fred Hirsch

Frank Möbus: guitar / Rudi Mahall: bass clarinet / Oliver Steidle: drums.

"What with its idiosyncratic music, the anarchistic humour, its intelligent arrangements and original sounds, Der Rote Bereich passes for one of the most exciting bands..

Sten Sandell, piano, voice / Johan Berthling, doublebass / Paal Nilssen-Love, drums & percussion

Sten Sandell's playing may be connected to New Music and Improvised Music, and neither of these musical directions would be associated with what...

Julian Sartorius : drums, cymbals, spanish goat-bells, gongs, vibrators, rubber balls, sound bowls, bull-roarer, shruti box, lumbers, glockenspiel, kalimbas, tubes, mbira, metals

"'Zatter' is an old Bern-German word which simply means 'the....

Andreas Schaerer: voice, electronics
Lucas Niggli: drums, percussion

"Just vocals and drums – that’s the line-up of the dream team of Andreas Schaerer and Lucas Niggli. Outstanding virtuosity and enormous creativity combined with the

"Monk's Casino is not an encyclopedic project, but an arrangement of the complete works of Thelonious Monk for live performance in one evening. At Monk's Casino, things often happen fast and sometimes get quite turbulent, too. Still, everything is....

Alexander von Schlippenbach: Piano
Evan Parker: Saxophones
Paul Lovens: Drums

"Features – characteristics, qualities, peculiarities. The title of this album was chosen with care. These recordings reveal both the fundamental nature and..

"Alexander von Schlippenbach, Evan Parker and Paul Lovens get on the stage which has been restored true to the original, in order to present us with this cubistic, democratic design in the form of music: collective improvisation. No beginning. No end...


35 years after the first album of the Schlippenbach trio and after numerous releases of live recordings, Schlippenbach-Parker-Lovens now present a studio...

Alexander von Schlippenbach: Piano
Evan Parker: Saxophone
Paul Lovens: Drums
These recordings, from 16 October 2015 in Warsaw, make a great all-round representation of the trio as we are right now. The ‘free’ improvisations also develop material which has crystalised over the years. There was no plan agreed in advance. Nothing was discussed or decided. Everything improvised. The paraphrases of particular jazz themes, like embedded particles, should not be understood as quotations. They are a.

Alexander von Schlippenbach: Piano

"Schlippenbach’s ‘Tales’ have a stunning stentorian elegance. He leavens the starkness of the tone rows with chords and time values that create split-second splashes of harmonic color and shifting rhythmic...

Alexander von Schlippenbach: Piano

"The pianist alone in the studio. That is the counterpole to von Schlippenbach's work with the Globe Unity Orchestra; at the same time, it is also an orchestral challenge in the form of the keyboard, hammers...


Three experienced saxophonists, three musicians – whom over the years have contributed to the European jazz history...

Irène Schweizer, Piano

"With a impeccable white grand piano and a packed house, the stage was set for a concert hot enough to warm the cold February air. No disappointments, of course. Schweizer played two sets, dense with consideration and...

Irène Schweizer: Piano / George Lewis: Trombone / Maggie Nicols: Voice / Joëlle Léandre: Bass / Günter Sommer: Drums / Paul Lovens: Drums

"At the first Taktlos Festival in 1984, Irène Schweizer assembled several chosen musician to a three

"The pianist Irène Schweizer, one of the most important exponents of contemporary Jazz, at the same time rebel and innovator of the highest order, gave a solo recital in the Great Hall of the Tonhalle, which is world-famous for its acoustics. She...

Irène Schweizer, Piano
"With both these records, Wilde Señoritas and Hexensabbat, the young pianist from Switzerland presented her first solo recordings, in 1977 and 1978 respectively: a firework of modern jazz piano music. The first solo records.

Irène Schweizer, Piano / Maggie Nicols, Voice / Joëlle Léadre, Bass

"Music is designed to work long-term. In this case, the responsibility for the music is revealed in a carefully considered and convincing choice, made from the wealth of the...

Irène Schweizer, Piano / Günter Sommer, Drums

"Is it too early to start thinking about records of the year? The hell it is, as Duke used to say (no, not him, the other one). Superficially there's no-thing here that can't be found elsewhere...

Han Bennink: Drums
Irène Schweizer: Piano
"Irène Schweizer and Han Bennink like to play together – you can hear it in every note. After a tour of Switzerland, the two went straight in the recording studio. The result is a stunning second album: "Welcome Back“. The music moves between freely improvised pieces, beautiful jazz standards, and songs influenced by South-African melodies which are a trademark of Irène Schweizer (such as her classics 'Rag“ and 'Bleu Foncé“). Schweizer says: “Han and I...

Irène Schweizer: Piano
Joey Baron: Drums
"A meeting of two jazz giants: In 2015, Joey Baron, one of the most sought after drummers on the New York scene met the First Lady of European jazz, Swiss pianist Irène Schweizer, in concert in Zürich. During his long career Baron has played with bands such as Naked City and Masada and worked with musicians Dizzy Gillespie, Chet Baker, Joe Lovano, Bill Frisell and Marc Ribot.
Schweizer had already performed and recorded with the best drummers on the...

Jürg Wickihalder: Soprano and Tenor Saxophone
Irène Schweizer: Piano

"Unintentionally, spontaneously, amusingly, most Monkish," writes American Jazzcritik Art Lange about the music of Jürg Wickihalder and Irène Schweizer.

After year

Irène Schweizer: Piano / Omri Ziegele: Saxophone, Voice

"Irène Schweizer and Omri Ziegele are a pair as perfectly opposite as Monk and Johnny Griffin: she is a mercurial, superior architect at the piano, with a presence one can only admire...

Irène Schweizer Piano / Pierre Favre Drums, Percussion

"Irène Schweizer and Pierre Favre are two likeminded spirits. Since 1966 they play together on a regular bases. With their creative mind, artistic virtuosity and open attitude these two...

Irène Schweizer: Piano / Pierre Favre: Drums

" The concert of Irène Schweizer (piano) and Pierre Favre (drums) on the festival stage in Ulrichsberg 2003 was a magical event: «In Ulrichsberg, there was a rare energy,» Favre said after the...

"A first, long improvisation called “First Choice.” For twenty minutes, Irène Schweizer unwound for the evening, arriving, in the course of this long-distance run, at one of the wild African dances her audience loves so much. With the ambitious second...

Irène Schweizer: Piano
Han Bennink: Drums

"Schweizer has a special affinity for piano/percussion duets, having previously recorded with Louis Moholo, Günter Sommer, Andrew Cyrille an Pierre Favre. The Intakt catalogue number seems to have...

Irène Schweizer: Piano
Pierre Favre: Drums

"Here Irène Schweizer teams up with countryman and frequent collaborator Pierre Favre in a per-formance recorded live in Bern. Cecil Taylor looms large as an influence in Schweizer's style (as he...

Irène Schweizer, Piano / Maggie Nicols, Voice / Joëlle Léandre, Bass

Stephan Crump: Acoustic Bass / Mary Halvorson: Guitar

"Two of the most innovative personalities of the New York jazz scene in Brooklyn, Stephan Crump and Mary Halvorson, present a very special, intimate and atmospheric recording called "Super...