Since I discovered Swiss saxophonist Urs Blöchlinger I’ve been immediately interested by his music. His ability in improvisation and his knowledge and mastery of several styles of music including contemporary but also European tradition and his way to integrate those elements in his music is simply amazing. So no surprise that after this discovery of a true genius I wanted to get more of his discography as a leader but also as a side man. This album is one of those that I picked up during my trip in his too short career. On this record Blöchlinger share the stage with Jacques Demierre and Olivier Magnenat. Demierre have an important discography and have played with musicians like Barry Guy, Isabelle Duthoit, Urs Leimgruber to name a few. Swiss bassist Olivier Magnenat have unfortunately a smaller discography and mostly recorded with Swiss musicians like François Chevrolet or Peter Schärli.
This is a live recording based on elaborate compositions where ostinatos are mixed with introspectives and more fiery moments.
The only recommandation that I can give you is to search in this blog where you can find almost all of Blöchlinger’s discography recently updated by Mew23. All of his records available here are superbes. Beside his interest in jazz, contemporary music and European tradition, Blöchlinger was also interested in rock. He shared the stage and the studio with « No Secret In The Family » and few month before his death he was member of an incredible band called « Heilige Bimbam » that mixed, free, funk and rock in a complete unique style, others members of « heilige Bimbam » included musicians of « No Secret In The Family » but also Urs Voerkel, another musician who left us too fast.
1 Les Vieux Chapeaux
2 L’Amour – Die Mauer
3 Kännsch Höngg?
4 Who Is Afraid Of Alain Monnier?
Urs Blöchlinger: alto saxophone, composition
Jacques Demierre: piano
Olivier Magnenat: bass
Recorded live in Lausanne, Switzerland on January 1990
Plainisphare PL 1267-61 CD