Release April 2015
Artwork NICOLE PFISTER
Produced by FLORIAN FAVRE and CHRIS DIGGELMANN
Recorded by CHRIS DIGGELMANN, CHRISTOPH UTZINGER and FLORIAN PITTET
Mixed and Mastered by CHRIS DIGGELMANN
Release April 2014
Produced by Fred Heisler & Magnetband
Recorded by Michael Baumann & Florian Haas Schneider
Mixed & Mastered by Hannes Kumke & Frederik Heisler
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"Ann Malcolm can look back on an impressive, colourful career as a singer and saxophonist. Her roots are in Iowa USA, but for many years she has been living and working in Europe, where she maintains close contact with the up-and-coming names in the jazz scene through her teaching activities.
The Swiss pianist and composer Florian Favre is one of those talents who has drawn the attention of the artist Ann Malcolm. Florian Favre seems to be almost obsessed by piano; always on the quest for new tones, he finds his adventures between the notes of the keyboard. And at the same time, he also pursued a career as a professional footballer (with very good results) right up until his graduation".
You should not use the word "exceptional musicians" carelessly, especially not for young jazz musicians who are presenting their first CD recorded together. However, you almost want to use the words when you listen to this CD. Not only because Jorge Rossy, who was the drummer in the now already legendary trio of Brad Mehldau from 1995 to 2005, wrote about Joscha Arnold in the booklet: "Welcome to Joscha Arnolds World… These textures, grooves, melodies, and harmony ring close to my heart in many ways." But also because he is so right. Relaxed, flowing melodies meander around exciting harmony sequences. You involuntarily think of the term "sustainability," which is not often used in music. The compositions radiate a high degree of recognition without immediately being worn out. At the same time, the harmonies provide the soloists with a solid basis for their excursions. How they are used – without putting on airs or the need to show off – leads you to suspect what a promising future the quintet has.