Joe Haider Jazz Orchestra

Keep It Dark

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Format: CD
Label: Double Moon Records
UPC: 0608917117226
Catnr: DMCHR 71172
Release date: 15 January 2016
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Double Moon Records
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0608917117226
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DMCHR 71172
Release date
15 January 2016

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80. The number stands there as if chiseled in stone. A birthday with numbers as round as a slowly closing circle. A life lived. Joe Haider has filled a more than exciting chapter in the book of German jazz history, something that can be said with complete justification. The guy is certainly a milestone on the piano too. However, he is also one of the most overlooked and not listened to. Is he also an innovator? If you think that real innovation lies these days in resisting the oversized gripping arms of the spirit of the times uncompromisingly, then yes. And a role model? Musically in every respect. In other respects, however, the birthday boy even has doubts himself, at least in terms of his past. But one thing is certain: Joe Haider is without a doubt an original and a creator of a certain style. He is one of the most important German jazz musicians of the postwar period.
When this often underestimated, unique person celebrates his 80th birthday on January 3, 2016, then of course it must be done in an appropriate context: with a new CD. Six wind players, a rhythm section and a string quartet—all of exquisite quality—form the new Joe Haider Orchestra. A who's who of the Swiss jazz scene with trumpeter Matthias Spillmann, trombonist René Mosele, the alto saxophonist/flautist Daniel Blanc, the alto clarinetist/soprano and tenor saxophonist Thomi Geiger, bass clarinetist and tenor saxophonist Dominic Landolf, the bass trombone/tuba player Lucas Wirz, bassist Raffaele Bossard, drummer Dominic Egli and the Kaleidoskope String Quartet. On the recording Joe Haider reflects on the 80 years of his life in nine colored compositions or arrangements (from Duke Ellington's "The Single Petal Of A Rose"). The pianist remembers a Sicilian jazz fan, who always called him "Josefa", his first childhood sweetheart, whom he met at discreet places where the slogan "Keep It Dark" (do not tell anybody) always applied, his fears in an air-raid shelter in the final phase of the Second World War ("Fears From The Past"), his mother "Maria Magdalena", "Uncle Erwin", a feel-good real jack of all trades, or the beautiful landscapes in America as well as in the French Le Clos Geraldy ("Landscape" ). In addition, Haider reanimates older songs such as "Joe Calypso" (quote: "A Swabian Samba") and the well-known "Kollektiv 13".
"It's a miracle!" the birthday boy commented himself on his reaching the age of 80 "After a life full of ups and downs—I would rather have done without some of them—I have more or less gotten by without any major scrapes." "Keep It Dark" proves this in a remarkable way. Therefore, do not take the motto of the CD too literally and be sure to pass the news: Joe Haider is celebrating himself and jazz. Happy Birthday Joe!
80. Die Zahl steht da wie in Stein gemeißelt. Ein Geburtstag, so rund wie ein sich langsam schließender Kreis. Ein gelebtes Leben. Joe Haider füllt – und das kann man mit Fug und Recht behaupten – ein mehr als spannendes Kapitel im Buch der deutschen Jazzgeschichte aus. Ein Markstein ist der Kauz am Piano durchaus. Aber einer, der meist übersehen, respektive überhört wurde. Ist er auch ein Innovator? Wenn man die Auffassung vertritt, die eigentliche Innovation dieser Tage liege darin, sich unbeugsam der überdimensionalen Greifarme des Zeitgeistes zu erwehren, dann schon Und ein Vorbild? Musikalisch in jeder Hinsicht. In anderen Belangen hegt jedoch selbst der Jubilar Zweifel, zumindest was seine Vergangenheit anbelangt. An einem kommt jedoch niemand vorbei: Joe Haider ist ohne jeden Zweifel ein Original, ein Stilbildner. Einer der wichtigsten deutschen Jazzmusiker der Nachkriegszeit.

Musik bestimmt das Dasein des gebürtigen Darmstädters mehr als alles andere. Sie war für ihn allzeit Triebfeder, Lebenselixier, emotionaler Schwamm, Weggefährtin, Liebhaberin, Ausrede und Artikulationsmöglichkeit in einem, immer präsent, in guten wie in schlechten Tagen. Haider hat einen Pakt auf Lebenszeit mit ihr geschlossen, von dem Tag an, als er entschied, sich mit Haut, Haaren und Seele dem Jazz zu verschreiben. Wenn dieser amerikanische Kulturimport im deutschsprachigen Raum heute einen durchaus eigenständigen Klang besitzt, dann liegt dies auch an einem wie ihm. Im legendären Jazzclub „domicile“ in München traf Joe als Hauspianist Ende der 1960er, Anfang der 1970er Jahre auf jeden, der im internationalen Jazz Rang, Namen und eine zündende Idee hatte: Nathan Davis, Booker Ervin, Benny Bailey, Johnny Griffin, Philly Joe Jones, Joe Newman, Klaus Doldinger, Leo Wright, Peter Trunk, Dusko Goykovich, Pierre Favre, Klaus Weiss, Don Menza, Manfred Schoof, Mark Murphy, Hans Koller. Trotz einer Karriere, die mehr einer Achterbahn glich und einem Tonträgermarkt, der sich immer mehr den Gesetzen des kommerziellen Erfolges auslieferte, veröffentlichte er immer wieder Platten von geradezu bewundernswerter Konstanz und Konsequenz. Doch fast noch wertvoller einzuschätzen sind seine Verdienste um die Ausbildung talentierter Jazzmusiker. 1974 gründete Joe Haider in München die Munich Jazz School, von 1984 bis 1995 leitete er in seiner Schweizer Wahlheimat die Swiss Jazz School in Bern. Überall scharte er eine Unzahl talentierter Musiker um sich, um ihnen beizubringen, was er von anderen gelernt hatte.

Wenn dieses oft unterschätzte Unikum nun am 3. Januar 2016 seinen 80. Geburtstag feiert, dann muss das selbstverständlich in einem ihm angemessenen Rahmen geschehen: mit einer neuen CD. Sechs Bläser, eine Rhythmusgruppe und ein Streichquartett – alles von erlesener Qualität – bilden das neue Joe Haider Orchestra. Ein Whoʼs Who der Schweizer Jazzszene mit dem Trompeter Matthias Spillmann, dem Posaunisten René Mosele, dem Altsaxofonisten/Flötisten Daniel Blanc, dem Altklarinettisten/Sopran- und Tenorsaxofonisten Thomi Geiger, dem Bassklarinettisten und Tenorsaxofonisten Dominic Landolf, dem Bassposaunisten/Tubisten Lucas Wirz, dem Bassisten Raffaele Bossard, dem Schlagzeuger Dominic Egli sowie dem Kaleidoskope String Quartet.

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Music determines the existence of the Darmstädt native more than anything else. It has always been a driving force, lifeblood, emotional sponge, companion, lover, excuse and articulation possibility all at the same time for him, always present, in good and bad days. Haider has concluded a pact for life with it, from the day when he decided to commit himself to jazz wholly with body and soul. If this American cultural import has a quite unique sound in German-speaking countries today, this is also due to someone like him. As house pianist in the legendary jazz club "domicile" in Munich in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Joe met all the big names in international jazz as well as those who had brilliant ideas: Nathan Davis, Booker Ervin, Benny Bailey, Johnny Griffin, Philly Joe Jones, Joe Newman, Klaus Doldinger, Leo Wright, Peter Trunk, Dusko Goykovich, Pierre Favre, Klaus Weiss, Don Menza, Manfred Schoof, Mark Murphy and Hans Koller. Despite a career that more resembled a roller coaster and a market for recorded music, which increasingly pandered to the laws of commercial success, he repeatedly released records of downright admirable constancy and consistency. However, his contributions to the training of talented jazz musicians are almost to be assessed as more valuable. In 1974, Joe Haider founded the Munich Jazz School in Munich, and he directed the Swiss Jazz School in Bern from 1984 to 1995 in his adopted home of Switzerland. He gathered a myriad of talented musicians around him everywhere to teach them what he had learned from others.

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Fono Forum, 01-4-2016

"The superior ease with which Haider blends together different moods to form an musically unified whole is fascinating."
Stereo, 01-3-2016

"That he, even in his dignified age, is still able to achieve high class art like "Keep It Dark", is highly pleasant and respectable."
Jazzthetik, 01-3-2016

"The fascinating thing about this album is the superior ease with which Haider blends together different moods to form an unmistakable unified whole."
Fono Forum, 01-2-2016

"And doing so, he sounds as fresh as possible, loosened and focussed, confident as leader and instrumentalist."
Audio, 01-2-2016

"...acoustic made-to-measure, like a good suit."
Jazzthing, 01-2-2016

"Haiders creative power seems to be boundless even in old age."
JazzPodium, 01-2-2016

"...a great piece of big band jazz of a special kind ...!"
musikansich.de, 26-1-2016

"Joe Haider stands as a prime example for German post war-jazz"
NDR.de, 14-1-2016

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Süddeutsche Zeitung, 12-1-2016

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