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Keep It Dark

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
Catalogue number
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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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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Raffaele Bossard (bass)

Raffaele Bossard (b) enjoyed his jazz music studies at the Jazz School in Lucerne and during studies in New York (among others, with Ron Carter). In addition to his own bands, he plays with elder statesman Joe Haider – and in Subnoder for the past few years. His creative, but always solid accompaniment is a decisive component of the band sound, and his solo pieces are always good for surprises.
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Raffaele Bossard (b) enjoyed his jazz music studies at the Jazz School in Lucerne and during studies in New York (among others, with Ron Carter). In addition to his own bands, he plays with elder statesman Joe Haider – and in Subnoder for the past few years. His creative, but always solid accompaniment is a decisive component of the band sound, and his solo pieces are always good for surprises.

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Domenic Landolf (saxophone)

Daniel Blanc (saxophone)

Thomi Geiger (saxophone)

Matthias Spillmann (trumpet)

Spillmann studied at the Swiss Jazz School Bern and New School in New York City; He had lessons. a. with Bert Joris, Reggie Workman and Richie Beirach. His first recordings were made in 1997 when he performed with the Swiss Jazz School Big Band at the Montreux Jazz Festival. In 1999 he founded the formation MATS-UP, with which he played his own compositions and recorded six albums. MATS-UP was u. a. nominated for the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik and the 'BMW World Jazz Award' and won the 'Moods Blues & Jazz Award'. He also works with the bands Grünes Blatt, Lauer Large and the Lucerne Jazz Orchestra, as well as Gianluigi Trovesi, the Ensemble for New Music Zurich and Steamboat...
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Spillmann studied at the Swiss Jazz School Bern and New School in New York City; He had lessons. a. with Bert Joris, Reggie Workman and Richie Beirach. His first recordings were made in 1997 when he performed with the Swiss Jazz School Big Band at the Montreux Jazz Festival. In 1999 he founded the formation MATS-UP, with which he played his own compositions and recorded six albums. MATS-UP was u. a. nominated for the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik and the "BMW World Jazz Award" and won the "Moods Blues & Jazz Award". He also works with the bands Grünes Blatt, Lauer Large and the Lucerne Jazz Orchestra, as well as Gianluigi Trovesi, the Ensemble for New Music Zurich and Steamboat Switzerland. In addition, he worked on recordings by Jochen Baldes, Brigitte Dietrich / Joe Haider, Beat Keller, Johannes Lauer and Frantz Loriot / Manuel Perovic. In the field of jazz, he was, according to Tom Lord, involved in 29 recording sessions between 1996 and 2015. Spillmann teaches at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and was awarded the 2006 work year by the City of Zurich.
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René Mosele (trombone)

Lucas Wirz (trombone)

Dominic Egli (drums)

Ronny Spiegel (violin)

David Schnee (viola)

Solme Hong (cello)

Composer(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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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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Jazz'n'More, 01-1-2016

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