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Rosalie's Dream

Joe Haider Trio & The Amigern String Quartet

Rosalie's Dream

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Format: CD
Label: Double Moon Records
UPC: 0608917145021
Catnr: DMCHR 71450
Release date: 24 May 2024
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Double Moon Records
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0608917145021
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DMCHR 71450
Release date
24 May 2024

"... With his trio with bassist Lorenz Beyeler and drummer Tobias Friedli as well as the Amigern String Quartet, the German pianist and composer from Switzerland has recorded a fine album..."

nrw jazz, 23-5-2024
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"As Time Goes By"... that was the name of one of the previous Joe Haider albums, released in 2020. Time continues to treat the German pianist, composer and arranger from Switzerland well. "I have been at the forefront of jazz since 1958. In other words, for 66 years,“ Haider stated objectively. He then added with short laugh: “Let someone else try to duplicate that!” The fact that he turned 88 at the beginning of this year is not heard in any sense on his latest album, which is thoroughly fresh and with its own sound... apart from the fact that you can feel the overwhelming amount of experience that resonates in the music and piano playing.

“I have never made compromises. I still consistently make my music, and I have always developed further doing this." Many stages, many stations of Haider are documented on well over 30 albums. It is really astonishing that his creative power has not diminished in recent times. To the contrary: while "Rosalie's Dream" is being released and celebrated with a tour, he already has plans for a Miles Davis project. Recent releases include a tribute to the classic Bill Evans trio and a special Slide Hampton project with an extensive lineup. Music keeps the passionate jazz man constantly on the move – and how!

With "Rosalie's Dream", recorded a few days after his 88th birthday in Zurich, Joe Haider builds on previous productions with string quartet, this time in combination with one of his current trio lineups. Bassist Lorenz Beyeler and drummer Tobias Friedli are in their mid-40s, almost half the age of the leader. The Amigern String Quartet was recommended to him by a trusted source. After a concert visit, it was clear: the perfect choice. Even the opening arrangement of "Caravan" underlines this realization. There is the supple set sound, but there is also the wonderful lead voice of cellist Valentina Velkova and the inspired solo of first violinist Vincent Milloud.
Joe Haider is not a man of excessive explanations. Why does he frame his own compositions on this album with two completely different classics by Duke Ellington, including "Caravan" one of his most popular? “Duke Ellington is the master!” There is deep-seated reverence in this concise sentence. "Nobody can ignore him in jazz. He is one of my great role models: Ellington, Bill Evans, Miles ...". Joe Haider would not be Joe Haider if he had not put his own, respectfully guided stamp on the evergreen "Caravan" with his original arrangement. His own solo is a shining example of clarity and dynamic development. The gentle "The Single Petal Of A Rose", originally a solo recording by Ellington, has been carefully transformed into an extended form, creating a deeply atmospheric ending for the album.

Six new Haider pieces are in between, specially created for this album. We meet women in three of them: "Josefa in Palermo", "Marcellas Granddaughter" and that Rosalie who dreams – of eternal love. "They are all imaginary people." He doesn't reveal much more. These warm-sounding "women's dreams" (Haider) introduce us to very different appearances and characters. This is another facet of the artistic imagination of the Swiss national by choice, who has been at home in Bern since 1984.

The fact that Joe Haider has returned to work with a string quartet closes the circle to his very early years. He points this out himself. At that time, the Darmstadt native, who grew up in Stuttgart and studied music in Munich, had in-depth classical music studies as a pianist and composer. The encounter with jazz made him a turncoat. In the course of the sixties, he developed a strong personality as a musician. Today, he is one of the outstanding elder statesman of jazz in Europe.

With regard to "Rosalie's Dream", he once again stresses that he was of course not interested in putting two ensembles (trio and string quartet) together, but instead in creating music for a seamlessly acting, swinging septet through arrangements in which the strings are an integral part of the creative whole. He has once again succeeded in a captivating way.
„As Time Goes By“ … so hieß eines der vorigen Joe Haider-Alben, veröffentlicht 2020. Die Zeit meint es weiterhin gut mit dem deutschen Pianisten, Komponisten und Arrangeur aus der Schweiz. „Seit 1958 bin ich an vorderster Jazz-Front. Jetzt also schon 66 Jahre lang“, stellt Haider sachlich fest. Um dann mit einem kurzen Lacher zu ergänzen: „Das muss mir erstmal jemand nachmachen!“ Dass er Anfang dieses Jahres 88 geworden ist, hört man seinem neusten, durch und durch frisch und eigen klingenden Album in keiner Weise an … mal grundsätzlich davon abgesehen, dass man das überwältigende Maß an Erfahrung spürt, das in der Musik und im Pianistischen mitschwingt.
„Ich habe mich nie verbogen. Ich mache immer noch konsequent meine Musik. Dabei habe ich mich immer auch entwickelt.“ Viele Schritte, viele Stationen Haiders sind dokumentiert auf mittlerweile weit über 30 Alben. Geradezu erstaunlich ist, dass seine Schaffenskraft in jüngerer Zeit keinen Deut nachgelassen hat. Im Gegenteil. Während „Rosalie’s Dream“ erscheint und mit einer Tournee gefeiert wird, hegt er bereits Pläne für ein Miles Davis-Projekt. Unter den letzten Veröffentlichungen war ein Tribut an das klassische Bill Evans Trio und ein spezielles Slide Hampton-Projekt in großer Besetzung. Die Musik hält den leidenschaftlichen Jazzmann anhaltend in Bewegung – und wie.
Mit „Rosalie’s Dream“, aufgenommen wenige Tage nach seinem 88. Geburtstag in Zürich, knüpft Joe Haider an frühere Produktionen mit Streichquartett an, diesmal in Kombination mit einer seiner aktuellen Stamm-Trio-Besetzungen. Bassist Lorenz Beyeler und Schlagzeuger Tobias Friedli sind Mitte 40, also fast halb so alt wie der Leader. Das Amigern String Quartet wurde ihm aus vertrauenswürdiger Quelle empfohlen. Nach einem Konzertbesuch stand fest: eine perfekte Wahl. Schon das eröffnende Arrangement von „Caravan“ unterstreicht diese Erkenntnis. Da ist der geschmeidige Satz-Sound, da ist aber auch die wunderbare Lead-Stimme von Cellistin Valentina Velkova und das inspirierte Solo des ersten Geigers Vincent Milloud.
Joe Haider ist kein Mann ausschweifender Erklärungen. Warum er auf diesem Album die eigenen Kompositionen mit zwei völlig unterschiedlichen Klassikern von Duke Ellington einrahmt, darunter mit „Caravan“ einem seiner populärsten? „Duke Ellington ist der Meister!“ In diesem knappen Satz liegt tiefe Verehrung. „Da kommt keiner dran vorbei im Jazz. Er ist eines meiner großen Vorbilder: Ellington, Bill Evans, Miles …“. Joe Haider wäre nicht Joe Haider, hätte er dem Evergreen „Caravan“ mit seinem originellen Arrangement nicht einen eigenen, mit allem Respekt geführten Stempel aufgedrückt. Sein eigenes Solo ist ein glänzendes Beispiel für Klarheit und dynamische Entwicklung. Das sanfte „The Single Petal Of A Rose“, ursprünglich eine Soloaufnahme Ellingtons, hat er behutsam in eine erweiterte Form überführt und damit einen zutiefst atmosphärischen Ausklang für das Album gestaltet.
Dazwischen: sechs neue Haider-Stücke, extra für dieses Album entstanden. In dreien begegnen wir Frauen: „Josefa in Palermo“, „Marcellas Granddaughter“ sowie eben jener Rosalie, die träumt - von ewiger Liebe. „Das sind allesamt imaginäre Personen“. Viel mehr verrät er nicht. Diese warmherzig tönenden „Frauenträume“ (Haider) machen uns mit ganz verschiedenen Erscheinungen und Charakteren bekannt. Auch dies Facetten der künstlerischen Fantasie des Wahlschweizers, der seit 1984 in Bern zuhause ist.
Dass Joe Haider zur Arbeit mit einem Streichquartett zurückgekehrt ist, schließt den Kreis zu seinen ganz frühen Jahren. Darauf weist er selber hin. Damals durchlief der gebürtige Darmstädter, der in Stuttgart aufgewachsen war und in München Musik studiert hat, eine profunde klassische Ausbildung als Pianist und Komponist. Die Begegnung mit dem Jazz ließ ihn abtrünnig werden. Im Zuge der sechziger Jahre entwickelte er sich zu einer starken Musiker-Persönlichkeit. Heute zählt er zu den herausragenden elder statesmen des Jazz in Europa.
Mit Blick auf „Rosalie’s Dream“ betont er noch einmal, dass es ihm selbstredend nicht darum ging, zwei Ensembles (Trio und Streichquartett) zusammenzufügen, sondern Musik für ein nahtlos agierendes, swingendes Septett zu schaffen: durch Arrangements, in denen die Streicher integrativer Teil des kreativen Ganzen sind. Das ist ihm erneut auf bestechende Weise gelungen.

Artist(s)

Joe Haider (piano)

Joe Haider is a cantankerous personality of the European jazz world. If our listen to him speak, you are confronted with deep Swabian dialect, but if you can hear him play, with a profound swing. This music and the associated feeling of dazzling freedom have accompanied him during his whole life, ever since the surprised boy was lifted by a GI onto a tank in the days after the end of WWII and was brought into contact with chocolate, music and the American way of life. Even if the modern, hard bop, blues and even a pinch of soul have influenced his style over the decades, the now 82-year-old pianist and Swiss national by choice from Darmstadt, who was active...
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Joe Haider is a cantankerous personality of the European jazz world. If our listen to him speak, you are confronted with deep Swabian dialect, but if you can hear him play, with a profound swing. This music and the associated feeling of dazzling freedom have accompanied him during his whole life, ever since the surprised boy was lifted by a GI onto a tank in the days after the end of WWII and was brought into contact with chocolate, music and the American way of life. Even if the modern, hard bop, blues and even a pinch of soul have influenced his style over the decades, the now 82-year-old pianist and Swiss national by choice from Darmstadt, who was active in Stuttgart and Munich for a long time, continues with his special blend of rhythmic presence and matter-of-factness rooted in tradition.

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Joe Haider (piano)

Joe Haider is a cantankerous personality of the European jazz world. If our listen to him speak, you are confronted with deep Swabian dialect, but if you can hear him play, with a profound swing. This music and the associated feeling of dazzling freedom have accompanied him during his whole life, ever since the surprised boy was lifted by a GI onto a tank in the days after the end of WWII and was brought into contact with chocolate, music and the American way of life. Even if the modern, hard bop, blues and even a pinch of soul have influenced his style over the decades, the now 82-year-old pianist and Swiss national by choice from Darmstadt, who was active...
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Joe Haider is a cantankerous personality of the European jazz world. If our listen to him speak, you are confronted with deep Swabian dialect, but if you can hear him play, with a profound swing. This music and the associated feeling of dazzling freedom have accompanied him during his whole life, ever since the surprised boy was lifted by a GI onto a tank in the days after the end of WWII and was brought into contact with chocolate, music and the American way of life. Even if the modern, hard bop, blues and even a pinch of soul have influenced his style over the decades, the now 82-year-old pianist and Swiss national by choice from Darmstadt, who was active in Stuttgart and Munich for a long time, continues with his special blend of rhythmic presence and matter-of-factness rooted in tradition.

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Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington influenced millions of people both around the world and at home. He gave American music its own sound for the first time. In his fifty year career, he played over 20,000 performances in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East as well as Asia. Simply put, Ellington transcends boundaries and fills the world with a treasure trove of music that renews itself through every generation of fans and music-lovers. His legacy continues to live onand will endure for generations to come. Winton Marsalis said it best when he said 'His music sounds like America.' Because of the unmatched artistic heights to which he soared, no one deserved the phrase “beyond category” more than Ellington, for it aptly describes his life as well. He was...
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Duke Ellington influenced millions of people both around the world and at home. He gave American music its own sound for the first time. In his fifty year career, he played over 20,000 performances in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East as well as Asia.

Simply put, Ellington transcends boundaries and fills the world with a treasure trove of music that renews itself through every generation of fans and music-lovers. His legacy continues to live onand will endure for generations to come. Winton Marsalis said it best when he said "His music sounds like America." Because of the unmatched artistic heights to which he soared, no one deserved the phrase “beyond category” more than Ellington, for it aptly describes his life as well. He was most certainly one of a kind that maintained a llifestyle with universal appeal which transcended countless boundaries.

Duke Ellington is best remembered for the over 3000 songs that he composed during his lifetime. His best known titles include; "It Don't Mean a Thing if It Ain't Got That Swing", "Sophisticated Lady", "Mood Indigo", “Solitude", "In a Mellotone",and "Satin Doll". The most amazing part about Ellington was the most creative while he was on the road. It was during this time when he wrote his most famous piece, "Mood Indigo"which brought him world wide fame.

When asked what inspired him to write, Ellington replied, "My men and my race are the inspiration of my work. I try to catch the character and mood and feeling of my people".

Duke Ellington's popular compositions set the bar for generations of brilliant jazz, pop, theatre and soundtrack composers to come. While these compositions guarantee his greatness, whatmakes Duke an iconoclastic genius, and an unparalleled visionary, what has granted him immortality are his extended suites. From 1943's Black, Brown and Beige to 1972's The Uwis Suite, Duke used the suite format to give his jazz songs a far more empowering meaning, resonance and purpose: to exalt, mythologize and re-contextualize the African-American experience on a grand scale.

Duke Ellington was partial to giving brief verbal accounts of the moods his songs captured. Reading those accounts is like looking deep into the background of an old photo of New York and noticing the lost and almost unaccountable details that gave the city its character during Ellington's heyday, which began in 1927 when his band made the Cotton Club its home.''The memory of things gone,'' Ellington once said, ''is important to a jazz musician,'' and the stories he sometimes told about his songs are the record of those things gone. But what is gone returns, its pulse kicking, when Ellington's music plays, and never mind what past it is, for the music itself still carries us forward today.

Duke Ellington was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1966. He was later awarded several other prizes, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969, and the Legion of Honor by France in 1973, the highest civilian honors in each country. He died of lung cancer and pneumonia on May 24, 1974, a month after his 75th birthday, and is buried in theBronx, in New York City. At his funeral attendedby over 12,000 people at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Ella Fitzgerald summed up the occasion, "It's a very sad day...A genius has passed."


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... With his trio with bassist Lorenz Beyeler and drummer Tobias Friedli as well as the Amigern String Quartet, the German pianist and composer from Switzerland has recorded a fine album...
nrw jazz, 23-5-2024

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