2019 jazz album.
Self titled astonishing and totally immersive new album from The Swiss Jazz Orchestra & Guillermo Klein. The Swiss Jazz Orchestra, founded in 2003, has created a fabulous collective ensemble that has found a way to play regularly every Monday night in Bern, Switzerland since the ensemble’s inception. But the truly remarkable thing about the ensemble is its dedication to the presentation of new works by visiting artists and composers. The orchestra's origins lie in the Big Band of the Swiss Jazz School, the oldest college for jazz music in Switzerland (which has been part of the Art School of Bern Hochschule der Künste Bern since 2003.)
Celebrated composer and pianist Guillermo Klein has been a regular collaborator with the Orchestra for the past few years and the ‘Swiss Jazz Orchestra & Guillermo Klein’ presents the tremendous work the pairing has allowed to flourish. The connection between the Orchestra and Klein was apparent right away, as it was clear that this was a dedicated ensemble, a true band that was excited to delve into difficult music. Klein continued to visit Bern regularly, widening his repertoire and writing new pieces for the highly capable ensemble. It was a year later that the idea of recording an album of Klein’s work sprang to life.
Guillermo wrote and revised a number of pieces to suit the instrumentation of the Orchestra, whose wide breadth of tonal possibilities is truly astounding. Klein also took inspiration from a former resident of Bern, the brilliant Albert Einstein, and a famed landmark, the beautiful Zytglogge watchtower (which also played a part in the inspiration of Einstein’s Theory of Special Relativity), to write a number of pieces especially for this album.
The recording was made at the famed Bauer Studios in Ludwigsburg, Germany in December 2018. The pieces are wonderfully performed and engineer Andy Neresheimer captured the moving music tremendously.
Adrian Pflugshaupt - alto, soprano sax, flute
Reto Suhner - alto, soprano sax, clarinet, flute
Cédric Gschwind - tenor sax, clarinet, flute Jürg
Bucher - tenor sax, clarinet, bass clarinet
Matthias Tschopp - baritone sax, bass clarinet
Dave Blaser - trumpet, flugelhorn
Johannes Walter - trumpet, flugelhorn
Lukas Thoeni - trumpet, flugelhorn
Thomas Knuchel - trumpet, flugelhorn
Vincent Lachat - trombone
Stefan Schlegel - trombone
Andreas Tschopp - trombone
Jan Schreiner - tuba Samuel
Leipold - guitar
Philip Henzi - piano
Lorenz Beyeler - bass
Rico Baumann - drums
Guillermo Klein - Fender Rhodes electric piano, composer, arranger