Joe Haider Sextet

As Time Goes By

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Label: Double Moon Records
UPC: 0608917137125
Catnr: DMCHR 71371
Release date: 07 August 2020
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07 August 2020

"A solid kind of mainstream jazz, with prominent roles for trumpet player Bert Joris, trombonist Rerrlich (actually steals the show) and the elderly saxophonist Von Rermann, really still going strong."

Jazzism, 16-10-2020
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Joe Haider fills out a more than an exciting chapter in the book of German jazz history. 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 protagonist 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.

“I have been on the road as a jazz pianist, composer, arranger and educator for more than 60 years, and an end is not yet in sight. I'm 84 now, but still fresh and alive!” A truly more than satisfactory balance sheet that Haider can draw in these turbulent times. Even if he admits: “But it sounds like the final minutes or overtime followed by a penalty shoot-out, to put it in soccer jargon. Still, I need to see how I can move on. I had the chance to meet many musicians and participate in many concerts as a pianist and band leader in my long career. I am extremely grateful for that!” 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.

The fact that his current CD “As Time Goes By” now has a nostalgic view on the one hand, but also an optimistic view on the other hand, almost at a 360-degree angle, springs from a lifelong creative reflex. In his own words, Haider is ringing in "my last phase in music" with his new sextet. He takes this step with a band consisting of three generations and consistently good friends: “First the octogenarians, Heinz von Hermann and Joe Haider, then Johannes Herrlich and Bert Joris, who are in their late fifties, early sixties, and finally the two “young guys” Raffaele Bossard and Dominic Egli, in their late thirties. They provide the necessary drive.”

Bert Joris composed the openers “Magic Box” and “Benoit”, and Haider called the latter his favorite piece. Heinz von Hermann composed the blues “A Blow For Joe”, Johannes Herrlich contributed “Hot Summer In Vienna” and the boss himself once again indulged in his passion for jazz waltzes in the form of “Only For You” and “District West”. The old warhorse “As Time Goes By” by Hermann Hupfeld and “But So Far” from the pen of the Swiss saxophonist, pianist and fellow traveler Andy Scherrer, who died in November 2019, round out this timeless beautiful, famously swinging and remarkably vital album.

“I was very pleased that these fabulous jazz musicians and soloists were available for this project,” a completely happy, proud and Joe Haider emphasized, who seems to have mellowed with age. And his fans can look forward to the result: a genuine Haider with all known angles, rough edges and many precious moments!
Joe Haider füllt ein mehr als spannendes Kapitel im Buch der deutschen Jazzgeschichte aus. Ein Markstein ist der Kauz am Piano in jeder Hinsicht. 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 der Protagonist selbst 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.

„Seit über 60 Jahren bin ich nun als Jazzpianist, Komponist, Arrangeur und Pädagoge unterwegs, und ein Ende ist noch nicht in Sicht. Ich bin jetzt schon 84, aber immer noch frisch und lebendig!“ Eine fürwahr mehr als zufriedenstellende Bilanz, die Haider in diesen bewegten Zeiten ziehen kann. Auch wenn er einräumt: „Aber es klingt wie die Schlussphase oder wie die Verlängerung mit anschließendem Elfmeterschießen, um es im Fußball-Jargon auszudrücken. Trotzdem muss ich sehen, wie ich weitermachen kann. In meiner langen Karriere konnte ich viele Musikerkollegen kennen lernen und an vielen Konzerten als Pianist und Bandleader teilnehmen. Dafür bin ich unendlich dankbar!“ 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.

Dass nun mit seiner aktuellen CD „As Time Goes By“ ein einerseits nostalgischer, andererseits auch optimistischer Blick, quasi im 360-Grad-Winkel erfolgt, entspringt einem lebenslangen Kreativ-Reflex. Dabei läutet Haider mit seinem neuen Sextett nach eigenen Worten „meine letzte Phase in der Musik“ ein. Diesen Schritt geht er mit einer Band, bestehend aus drei Generationen und durchwegs guten Freunden: „Zuerst die Oktogener, Heinz von Hermann und Joe Haider, dann Johannes Herrlich und Bert Joris, die Ende Fünfzig, Anfang Sechzig sind, und schließlich die beiden „Jugendlichen“ Raffaele Bossard und Dominic Egli, bei Ende Dreißig. Sie sorgen für den nötigen Drive.“

Von Bert Joris stammen der Opener „Magic Box“ und „Benoit“, wobei Haider Letzteres als sein Lieblingsstück bezeichnet. Heinz von Hermann schrieb den Blues „A Blow For Joe“, Johannes Herrlich steuerte „Hot Summer In Vienna“ bei und der Chef selbst frönte wieder einmal seiner Leidenschaft für Jazzwalzer in Gestalt von „Only For You“ und „District West“. Das alte Schlachtross „As Time Goes By“ von Hermann Hupfeld sowie „But So Far“ aus der Feder des im November 2019 verstorbenen Schweizer Saxofonisten, Pianisten und alten Weggenossen Andy Scherrer runden dieses zeitlose schöne, famos swingende und bemerkenswert vitale Album ab.

„Ich habe mich sehr gefreut, dass diese fabelhaften Jazzmusiker und Solisten für dieses Projekt zur Verfügung standen“, betont ein rundum glücklicher, stolzer und altersmilder Joe Haider. Und die Fans dürfen sich über das Resultat freuen: Ein echter Haider mit allen bekannten Ecken, Kanten und vielen Preziosen!

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Joe Haider performed as an amateur musician in the region Stuttgart between 1954 and 1959 and studied at Richard Strauss Conservatory in Munich from 1960 to 1965. In this time, he played also in the quintet of Fritz Münzer (Live in HR 1962, Jazz for young people).

From 1965 to 1968, he worked as a pianist and leader of a trio in jazz club Domicile in Munich and performed there with many European and American jazz musician such as Benny Bailey, Duško Gojković, Nathan Davis, Booker Ervin, Klaus Doldinger, Hans Koller, Leo Wright, Attila Zoller, George Mraz, Peter Trunk, Philly Joe Jones, Joe Nay, Kurt Bong, Klaus Weiss and Pierre Favre.

After leading the Radio Jazz Ensemble of the Bayerischer Rundfunk, he worked from 1970 with the quartet Four for Jazz (Heinz Bigler (alto saxophone), Isla Eckinger (bass) and Peter Giger, (percussion)) and founded his own trio with Eckinger and Favre and founded a Combo with Duško Gojković and lead a Big Band together with Slide Hampton, where Dexter Gordon performed also. In 1979, he founded his own label EGO to release records of his and his German colleagues. In 1988, he achieved the Deutscher Schallplattenpreis for recording of his next large size project Joe Haider Orchestra featuring Mel Lewis. His tours with Woody Shaw was followed by Eckinger and Wolfgang Haffner and various soloists such as Andy Scherrer, Roman Schwaller, Sandy Patton or Don Menza. From 2000 bis 2011, Haider worked with Brigitte Dietrich and with a double quartet (with bowed string instruments). In 2016, he published the album Keep It Dark.

From 1984 to 1995, he was the director of the Swiss Jazz School in Bern. In 1994, the Canton of Bern's government awarded him the Great Cultural Prize for his contribution in the field of music.
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A solid kind of mainstream jazz, with prominent roles for trumpet player Bert Joris, trombonist Rerrlich (actually steals the show) and the elderly saxophonist Von Rermann, really still going strong.
Jazzism, 16-10-2020

Mayflies, spray fires and other fashions fade away, Joe Haider's music does not: The experienced, sensitive jazz pianist spins the thread of the timeless jazz tradition lively, fresh and creative and presents this time music for every hour of life...
Concerto, 14-10-2020

... Joe Haider has formed a synergistically acting sextet out of familiar companions from different projects, celebrating slender, highly imaginative bebop-founded modern jazz...
Jazzpodium, 01-10-2020

The past and future come together in the choice of pieces and in the instrumentation to form a beautiful present, which Haider himself describes as his 'musikalische Endphase'. The album 'As Time Goes By' is a wonderful culmination of this musical final phase.
Jazzenzo, 21-9-2020

The most conclusive proof of the invigorating power of jazz is provided by Joe Haider. In Europe, the over eighty-year-old pianist, composer, arranger and music educator is one of the great personalities of this musical genre...
Fono Forum, 10-9-2020

... An all-round beautiful record and a wonderful example of jazz that is timeless in many ways.
Jazzthetik, 01-9-2020

On this album "As Time Goes By" Bert Joris plays an astonishing role, intense and pure, in blood form! And Joe Haider is grateful to Bert and all these top musicians who each make an impression interactively in the band and as a soloist. An excellent modern jazz album that exudes a zest for life.
Jazzhalo, 14-8-2020

Masterful. Joe Haider is a formative figure in European jazz. The new album of the pianist, who is presented here with his grandiose Sextet is called "As Time Goes By"...
Süddeutsche Zeitung, 05-8-2020

An album not to be sneezed at and it's not to be hoped that this would be the last phase for Haider, it sounds like he can last a long time, as well as his comrades!
Rootstime, 01-8-2020

... Mature age work or another very successful record of this learning teacher, everyone can decide for himself.  
Na Dann, 31-7-2020

... But whoever knows how to make music in a programme of mainly own compositions of the participants, no matter how relaxed and wonderfully swinging as here ..., should not stop there...
Medienhaus Bauer, 28-7-2020

... His music is as fresh and unspent as ever, and his colourful, age-appropriate band proves that jazz can be traditional and modern at the same time, even across generations...
Musikansich, 28-7-2020

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