Album Remarks & Appraisals:
The new trio recording of the exceptional Swiss jazz pianist Urs Bollhalder finds him collaborating with the renowned double bass player Heiri Känzig and the talented young drummer Kevin Chesham. All the pieces on this CD were composed by Urs Bollhalder and provide the basis for a unique mixture of exciting contemporary interactivity, fiery grooves and sensuously lyrical passages. The individual pieces tell musical stories all around the topic of the sea. The way in which composition and improvisation flow into one another is wholly organic, and is one of the strengths of the trance-like communication between these three musicians. Mr. Bollhalder made his first CD with his then trio in 2010 for the Italian label CAM Jazz. Heiri Känzig is one of the best-known Swiss musicians on the international scene. Over the last three decades he has made a name for himself both as a bandleader and as an experienced sideman. Percussionist Kevin Chesham's playing combines the traditions of jazz drumming with contemporary elements in a wholly unique fashion.
Recording information: Hardstudio, Winterthur, Switzerland (10/25/2014/10/26/2014).
Photographer: Bea Lauper.
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