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Christy Doran's Sound Fountain

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Label: Between The Lines
UPC: 0608917124927
Catnr: BTLCHR 71249
Release date: 06 March 2020
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Label
Between The Lines
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0608917124927
Catalogue number
BTLCHR 71249
Release date
06 March 2020

"... Beneath the sometimes rather rough skin of the rushing guitar lines there is always a lyrical depth..."

Jazzpodium, 01-10-2020
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... Wild stuff that’s not for everyone but is a new gold standard for those that like to boldly go where no one has gone before. It’s on the corner of where prog jazz meets prog rock... Chris Spector, Midwest Record

Philadelphia’s Rave Musical Bar, where he played a few evenings, marked Coltrane’s time around 1957, when he found his sound through Monk and his ecstatic play began to reach its artistic heights in ever longer solos. After the cult quartet OM, named after an album title of Coltrane’s, Christy Doran pays homage to the titan once again. After stopped teaching, he deliberately raised the bar for his own work, while successfully dedicating himself to the music of another immortal star, Hendrix, since 1993: neither adulating nor imitating and with different line-ups.

The Irish-born citizen of Lucerne begins the title track almost in a similar way to Western music, but then it draws its characteristic lines immediately over the rocky groove of the wonderful Argentine bassist Franco Fontanarrosa and the precise driving beats of Lukas Mantel. Doran’s guitar alternates between irregular riffs and flat contrasts, between memorable melodies, repetitive patterns and trashy, noisy bulkiness at the end of the coziness. A few harmonies, dramaturgically set exactly in the right place, fire the sound and let us sense it all the more intensely and urgently. It is music of today, Doran’s very own, long-known and yet always a surprising sound, captivating and astonishing: Rock music of the hour, rich in nuances like jazz, played by three musicians with feeling and stupendous technique. It is the fourth Sound Fountain album, one of which was recorded live in Guetersloh in the series “European Jazz Legends” – to which Christy Doran has long belonged.

Steff Rohrbach, Basel
... Wildes Zeug, das nicht für jeden geeignet ist, aber ein neuer Standard für diejenigen, die gerne mutig dorthin gehen, wo noch nie jemand zuvor war... Chris Spector, Midwest Record

Die Rave Musical Bar in Philadelphia, in der er einige Abende spielte, prägte Coltranes Zeit um 1957, als er durch Monk seinen eigenen Sound fand und sein ekstatisches Spiel in immer länger werdenden Soli künstlerische Höhen erreichte. Nach dem Kultquartett OM, benannt nach einem Coltrane-Album, erweist Christy Doran dem Titanen erneut seine Ehrerbietung. Nachdem er aufgehört hatte zu unterrichten, errichtete er die Bar bewusst für seine eigene Arbeit, während er sich seit 1993 erfolgreich der Musik eines weiteren unsterblichen Stars, Jimi Hendrix, widmete, wobei er die Musik in verschiedenen Lineups weder imitierte noch maßlos verherrlichte.

Der gebürtige Ire und Wahl-Luzerner beginnt den Titeltrack beinahe so wie westliche Musik, doch dann zieht er sofort seine charakteristischen Linien über den rockigen Groove des wunderbaren argentinischen Bassisten Franco Fontanarrosa und die präzisen, treibenden Beats von Lukas Mantel. Dorans Gitarre wechselt zwischen unregelmäßigen Riffs und flachen Kontrasten, zwischen einprägsamen Melodien, repetitiven Mustern und kitschiger, lärmender Sperrigkeit am Ende der Behaglichkeit. Ein paar Harmonien, dramaturgisch genau am rechten Ort, befeuern den Sound und lassen den Hörer ihn umso intensiver und dringlicher erfahren. Es ist Musik von heute, Dorans ganz eigener, altbekannter und doch immer überraschender Sound, packend und erstaunlich: Rockmusik der Stunde, reich an Nuancen aus Jazz, gespielt von drei Musikern mit Gefühl und umwerfender Technik. Es ist das vierte Sound Fountain-Album, von denen eines live in Gütersloh aufgenommen wurde im Rahmen der Serie ‚European Jazz Legends‘ – zu denen Christy Doran schon lange zählt.

Steff Rohrbach, Basel

Artist(s)

Christy Doran (guitar)

Christy Doran was born in Dublin, Ireland and has lived in Lucerne, Switzerland since his childhood. His father was an Irish ballad singer, providing Christy with his first exposure to music.  In the 1970´s he was a founding member (along with Fredy Studer, Urs Leimgruber and Bobby Burri) of the seminal Swiss band 'OM'. Tours throughout Europe, radio/TV - appearances, workshops, music for ballet, theatre and film. Over the years, his career has included countless solo concerts, in which he regularly pushes to the limits the capabilities of a single guitar. He has played in duos with Marty Ehrlich, Harry Pepl, Fritz Hauser, Dave Doran, Dom Um Romao, John Wolf-Brennan, Robert Dick, Ray Anderson, among others. After playing in a trio...
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Christy Doran was born in Dublin, Ireland and has lived in Lucerne, Switzerland since his childhood. His father was an Irish ballad singer, providing Christy with his first exposure to music. In the 1970´s he was a founding member (along with Fredy Studer, Urs Leimgruber and Bobby Burri) of the seminal Swiss band "OM". Tours throughout Europe, radio/TV - appearances, workshops, music for ballet, theatre and film. Over the years, his career has included countless solo concerts, in which he regularly pushes to the limits the capabilities of a single guitar. He has played in duos with Marty Ehrlich, Harry Pepl, Fritz Hauser, Dave Doran, Dom Um Romao, John Wolf-Brennan, Robert Dick, Ray Anderson, among others. After playing in a trio with Jasper van´t Hof, he went on to form the "Christy Doran´s May 84" septet with Norma Winstone, Trilok Gurtu, Urs Leimgruber, Rosko Gee, Dom Um Romao and Dave Doran. He has been a member of the "Peter Warren Quartet" with Victor Lewis and John Surman, and "RED TWIST & TUNED ARROW" with Stephan Wittwer and Fredy Studer (1985 - 1987). Christy Doran was also a co-founder of "Doran/Studer/Burri/Magnenat," (later "Doran/Studer/Gerber/Magnenat") and member of a quartet with Bobby Previte, Mark Helias and Gary Thomas. He played in a trio with Marilyn Mazur and Kim Clarke, as well as with Sibylle Pomorin´s "Augeries of Speed" meeting Terry Jenour, Annie Whitehead, Kim Clarke, Herb Robertson, Kamal Sabir. As a member of Urs Leimgruber´s "Ensemble Bleu" he also played with Francoise Kubler, Louis Sclavis, Hans Koch. Other performances have included work with Carla Bley, Albert Mangelsdorff, Bob Stewart, Edvard Vesala, Charlie Mariano, Manfred Schoof, Iréne Schweizer, Aldo Romano, Piérre Favre, Peter Schärli, Glenn Ferris, Wolfgang Dauner, Fernando Sounders, Heiri Känzig, Julio Barreto, Sonny Sharrock, Jim Meneses, Keven Bruce Harris, Martin Schütz, Daniel Mouton, Ronan Guilfoyle, Marc Peterson, Burhan Oecal, Werner Lüdi, Christoph Baumann, Lars Lindvall, Mark Halbheer, Urs Blöchlinger, Günter Müller, Lauren Newton, Tim Berne, Jim Black, Gunther Schuller, Airto Moreira a.o. He has toured in Europe, North-Africa, India, the Caribic, Mexico, Bolivia, the U.S. and Canada. 1989 began a collaboration with trombonist Ray Anderson, which lead to the trio ANDERSON/BENNINK/DORAN (including drummer Han Bennink), which disbanded 1997. 1993 Christy Doran, together with Fredy Studer started the project "DORAN/STUDER/MINTON/BATES & ALI" play the music of JIMI HENDRIX". 1994 Django Bates was replaced by cellist Tom Cora. 1995/96 the band played in quartet with Phil Minton, Amin Ali, Fredy Studer and Christy Doran. Tours with this band throughout Europe, Scandinavia, the US and Canada. Since 1993 Christy Doran is working with American flutist Robert Dick and English drummer Steve Argüelles as the A.D.D. - Trio. 1994 Fredy Studer and Christy Doran refounded the double-bass - quartet with Jean-François Jenny-Clark (acoustic bass/Paris) and Jamaaladeen Tacuma (electric bass/Philadelphia). 1994 Swedish saxofonist Thomas Jàderlund invited Doran to play in the "Amazing Orchestra" (with Guy Klucevsek, Stein-Erik Tafjord, Svante Henryson, Tomasz Stanko, and Jonny Axelsson). A new collaboration with Albert Mangelsdorff, Bruno Spoerri and Reto Weber started 1997.
Recordings have included those with Hank Roberts, Joe McPhee, Corin Curschellas, Hardy Hepp, Helmut Zerlett, Iréne Lorenz, Boris Salchak, besides several recordings with musicians mentioned above. Christy Doran´s current groups include "Christy Doran´s New Bag" (founded Dec. 97) with vocalist Bruno Amstad, Wolfgang Zwiauer on electric bass, and Fabian Kurattli on drums. the A.D.D. trio, and "Spöerri-Doran-Weber" with Albert Mangelsdorff. Christy Doran also teaches at the "Musikhochschule" of Lucerne/Switzerland.

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Lukas Mantel (drums)

Lukas Mantel (b. 1982) is a drummer and composer from Zurich. Since studying under Pierre Favre, Norbert Pfammatter and Fabian Kuratli at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, he has been exploring classical South Indian music in depth and delving into numerous ethnic music traditions. Today, due to his wide-ranging experience in various musical genres, he is seen as one of the most innovative and independent voices among Swiss drummers. He has been leading his own sextet since 2017 and also works as an arranger and composer for other groups. With great sensitivity and capacity for interaction, he incorporates energy and groove into the music, while texture and timbre are always an important element of his play. Concerts...
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Lukas Mantel (b. 1982) is a drummer and composer from Zurich. Since studying under Pierre Favre, Norbert Pfammatter and Fabian Kuratli at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, he has been exploring classical South Indian music in depth and delving into numerous ethnic music traditions. Today, due to his wide-ranging experience in various musical genres, he is seen as one of the most innovative and independent voices among Swiss drummers. He has been leading his own sextet since 2017 and also works as an arranger and composer for other groups. With great sensitivity and capacity for interaction, he incorporates energy and groove into the music, while texture and timbre are always an important element of his play. Concerts with the following artists have taken him to Europe, South America, Asia and the Arab region: Pierre Favre & The Drummers, Yves Theiler Trio, Christy Doran's Sound Fountain, Karoliina Kantelinen, tré, Ghost Town, Lucerne Jazz Orchestra, Nat Su, Vincent Membrez, Christoph Stiefel, and Michael Bucher.

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Composer(s)

Christy Doran (guitar)

Christy Doran was born in Dublin, Ireland and has lived in Lucerne, Switzerland since his childhood. His father was an Irish ballad singer, providing Christy with his first exposure to music.  In the 1970´s he was a founding member (along with Fredy Studer, Urs Leimgruber and Bobby Burri) of the seminal Swiss band 'OM'. Tours throughout Europe, radio/TV - appearances, workshops, music for ballet, theatre and film. Over the years, his career has included countless solo concerts, in which he regularly pushes to the limits the capabilities of a single guitar. He has played in duos with Marty Ehrlich, Harry Pepl, Fritz Hauser, Dave Doran, Dom Um Romao, John Wolf-Brennan, Robert Dick, Ray Anderson, among others. After playing in a trio...
more
Christy Doran was born in Dublin, Ireland and has lived in Lucerne, Switzerland since his childhood. His father was an Irish ballad singer, providing Christy with his first exposure to music. In the 1970´s he was a founding member (along with Fredy Studer, Urs Leimgruber and Bobby Burri) of the seminal Swiss band "OM". Tours throughout Europe, radio/TV - appearances, workshops, music for ballet, theatre and film. Over the years, his career has included countless solo concerts, in which he regularly pushes to the limits the capabilities of a single guitar. He has played in duos with Marty Ehrlich, Harry Pepl, Fritz Hauser, Dave Doran, Dom Um Romao, John Wolf-Brennan, Robert Dick, Ray Anderson, among others. After playing in a trio with Jasper van´t Hof, he went on to form the "Christy Doran´s May 84" septet with Norma Winstone, Trilok Gurtu, Urs Leimgruber, Rosko Gee, Dom Um Romao and Dave Doran. He has been a member of the "Peter Warren Quartet" with Victor Lewis and John Surman, and "RED TWIST & TUNED ARROW" with Stephan Wittwer and Fredy Studer (1985 - 1987). Christy Doran was also a co-founder of "Doran/Studer/Burri/Magnenat," (later "Doran/Studer/Gerber/Magnenat") and member of a quartet with Bobby Previte, Mark Helias and Gary Thomas. He played in a trio with Marilyn Mazur and Kim Clarke, as well as with Sibylle Pomorin´s "Augeries of Speed" meeting Terry Jenour, Annie Whitehead, Kim Clarke, Herb Robertson, Kamal Sabir. As a member of Urs Leimgruber´s "Ensemble Bleu" he also played with Francoise Kubler, Louis Sclavis, Hans Koch. Other performances have included work with Carla Bley, Albert Mangelsdorff, Bob Stewart, Edvard Vesala, Charlie Mariano, Manfred Schoof, Iréne Schweizer, Aldo Romano, Piérre Favre, Peter Schärli, Glenn Ferris, Wolfgang Dauner, Fernando Sounders, Heiri Känzig, Julio Barreto, Sonny Sharrock, Jim Meneses, Keven Bruce Harris, Martin Schütz, Daniel Mouton, Ronan Guilfoyle, Marc Peterson, Burhan Oecal, Werner Lüdi, Christoph Baumann, Lars Lindvall, Mark Halbheer, Urs Blöchlinger, Günter Müller, Lauren Newton, Tim Berne, Jim Black, Gunther Schuller, Airto Moreira a.o. He has toured in Europe, North-Africa, India, the Caribic, Mexico, Bolivia, the U.S. and Canada. 1989 began a collaboration with trombonist Ray Anderson, which lead to the trio ANDERSON/BENNINK/DORAN (including drummer Han Bennink), which disbanded 1997. 1993 Christy Doran, together with Fredy Studer started the project "DORAN/STUDER/MINTON/BATES & ALI" play the music of JIMI HENDRIX". 1994 Django Bates was replaced by cellist Tom Cora. 1995/96 the band played in quartet with Phil Minton, Amin Ali, Fredy Studer and Christy Doran. Tours with this band throughout Europe, Scandinavia, the US and Canada. Since 1993 Christy Doran is working with American flutist Robert Dick and English drummer Steve Argüelles as the A.D.D. - Trio. 1994 Fredy Studer and Christy Doran refounded the double-bass - quartet with Jean-François Jenny-Clark (acoustic bass/Paris) and Jamaaladeen Tacuma (electric bass/Philadelphia). 1994 Swedish saxofonist Thomas Jàderlund invited Doran to play in the "Amazing Orchestra" (with Guy Klucevsek, Stein-Erik Tafjord, Svante Henryson, Tomasz Stanko, and Jonny Axelsson). A new collaboration with Albert Mangelsdorff, Bruno Spoerri and Reto Weber started 1997.
Recordings have included those with Hank Roberts, Joe McPhee, Corin Curschellas, Hardy Hepp, Helmut Zerlett, Iréne Lorenz, Boris Salchak, besides several recordings with musicians mentioned above. Christy Doran´s current groups include "Christy Doran´s New Bag" (founded Dec. 97) with vocalist Bruno Amstad, Wolfgang Zwiauer on electric bass, and Fabian Kurattli on drums. the A.D.D. trio, and "Spöerri-Doran-Weber" with Albert Mangelsdorff. Christy Doran also teaches at the "Musikhochschule" of Lucerne/Switzerland.

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Press

... Beneath the sometimes rather rough skin of the rushing guitar lines there is always a lyrical depth...
Jazzpodium, 01-10-2020

... The interplay of melodic motives, metallic riffs, jazz licks, intricate rhythm and pulsating groove is exemplary.
Concerto, 01-8-2020

... Even in the most rapid capers, the perfectly tuned trio stands like a one.  
Fono Forum, 08-7-2020

Christy Doran becomes more and more relaxed....... Franco Fontanarrosa and Lukas Mantel with a similarly free-flowing creative force...  
Stereoplay, 01-6-2020

... Doran's way of thinking and playing is more groove-oriented, more pressing and noticeably more physical. Together with his fantastic fellow musicians he creates a dense, highly complex music, which is blatantly stirring and can also inspire and take us on a deeper investigation...
Jazzzeitung, 28-5-2020

The power trio Christy Doran's Sound Fountain is just as adventurous and quirky. Since only bass, drums and guitar are the preferred instruments, there is a lot of space in the structure of the music.
Jazzenzo, 14-4-2020

It will not be “his or hers cup of tea” for everyone, but it is completely different from what people usually think of guitar jazz.
Rootstime, 05-4-2020

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