Swiss All Stars

A 6 track fusion album (1h 38s) — released July 25th 2011 on Sonorama
Original Liner Notes by Lance Tschannen (1964): "Swiss All-Stars! ... After federally modest terms perhaps a little high-flown title. And yet they all deserve this designation, the twelve Swiss jazz soloists who came together last fall for the first time in order to play three concerts in Basel, Bern and Zurich for showcasing their collective skills. They are worthy representatives of a Swiss jazz elite that deserves to not have their light under a bushel. You know, for example, that not less than five Swiss currently belong to the best drummers in Europe and work in Paris (Daniel Humair and Peter Giger), Munich (Pierre Favre), Cologne (Stuff Combe) and Stuttgart (Charlie Antolini) with great success? These five jazz musicians are certainly not the only ones that are better known outside our borders, than in their own country! In Switzerland, the Jazz is largely treated as a hobby, with all the advantages and disadvantages, which brings that fact to himself. The demand for jazz in our country is relatively modest, and for the professional musician, therefore, often left with no other choice than to try his luck abroad. On the other hand, there is probably no other country in Europe where the level of amateur jazz is as high as in Switzerland. More than 100 formations wanted to participate in the Amateur Jazz Festival 1964 in Zurich, large and small bands of any style that - in general - had to offer very positive benefits. For this festival the most of our Swiss All-Stars also emerged as laureates. This album should therefore represent not only an account of the skill of Swiss top jazz musicians, but also an encouragement for those who will be the jazz elite in Switzerland tomorrow.
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