Christy Doran

Undercurrent - European Jazz Legends Vol. 14

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Label: Intuition
UPC: 0608917132625
Catnr: INTCHR 71326
Release date: 12 January 2018
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Intuition
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0608917132625
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INTCHR 71326
Release date
12 January 2018

"'Undercurrent' is very similar to a practice session in which the musicians feel unspoken also play very, very well."

Trouw, 23-2-2018
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If Christy Doran looked anywhere near his age, the name of the group he presented in concert at the Theater Gütersloh in the summer of 2017 could easily be misread. But since the Irish-Swiss guitarist not only looks, but moves, sounds and thinks nowhere near his 68 years, this trio is surely not (primarily) a „fountain of youth“, but a collective, constructive, and ever flowing „Sound Fountain“.

Doran is a founding member of OM, a Swiss Jazz-Rock-Fusion group, which took it’s name from an album by John Coltrane. Their 1978 collaboration with Brazilian percussionist Dom Um Romao for JAPO/ECM was recently voted among Rolling Stone’s „100 greatest Jazz albums“. Meanwhile Doran, who still counts Jimi Hendrix among his greatest influences, has also co-founded the jazz department at the University in Lucerne, and played in a host of different bands and projects (and on over sixty recordings), ranging from his own groups „New Bag“ or „Bunter Hund“ on to recent duets with French guitarist Noël Akchoté, as well as composed music like „144 Strings for a Broken Chord“ for an ensemble with twenty guitars. Among the international instrumentalists he has worked with are Carla Bley, Albert Mangelsdorff, Edvard Vesala, Charlie Mariano, Iréne Schweizer, Piérre Favre, Sonny Sharrock, Tim Berne, Jim Black, Gunther Schuller, or Airto Moreira.

„Sound Fountain“ was founded in 2014, extending a longer standing musical friendship with the Argentinian bass-player Franco Fontanarrosa to include the Swiss drummer Lukas Mantel. It could be understood as an essence of all things Doran – „with various influences from Jazz to Rock to Ethno to Avantgarde“, as their website explains. „The trio will explore the musical territories pushing to the limits the capabilities of the standard guitar trio.“ And this they did on that Thursday in early September, tackling a new repertoire from Fontanarossa’s poetic rock-miniature „Abstracción Felina“ via an excerpt from the above mentioned composition for large guitar group by Doran and on to bluesy grooves like their encore „Bad News Babe“. Solid, sometimes spherical sounds, a musical experience balancing improvisation and composition, always energetic and elegantly flowing, „Sound Fountain“ certainly lives up to its name on this live recording.

Wenn man Christy Doran auch nur annähernd sein Alter ansähe, könnte der Name der Gruppe, die er im Sommer 2017 im Theater Gütersloh konzertant präsentierte, leicht falsch verstanden werden. Da der irisch-schweizerische Gitarrist sich auch bewegt, klingt und denkt, ist dieses Trio sicherlich nicht (primär) ein "Jungbrunnen", sondern ein kollektiver, konstruktiver und stets fließender "Klangbrunnen".
Doran ist Gründungsmitglied von OM, einer Schweizer Jazz-Rock-Fusion-Gruppe, die ihren Namen von einem Album von John Coltrane übernommen hat. Ihre 1978er Zusammenarbeit mit dem brasilianischen Perkussionisten Dom Um Romao für JAPO/ECM wurde kürzlich unter Rolling Stones "100 grössten Jazz-Alben" gewählt. Unterdessen hat Doran, der Jimi Hendrix immer noch zu seinen grössten Einflüssen zählt, auch die Jazzabteilung der Universität Luzern mitbegründet und in einer Vielzahl von Bands und Projekten (und auf über sechzig Aufnahmen) gespielt, von seinen eigenen Gruppen "New Bag" oder "Bunter Hund" bis hin zu Duetten mit dem französischen Gitarristen Noël Akchoté, sowie Musik wie "144 Strings for a Bro" komponiert. Zu den internationalen Instrumentalisten, mit denen er zusammengearbeitet hat, zählen Carla Bley, Albert Mangelsdorff, Edvard Vesala, Charlie Mariano, Iréne Schweizer, Piérre Favre, Sonny Sharrock, Tim Berne, Jim Black, Gunther Schuller oder Airto Moreira.

„Sound Fountain "wurde 2014 gegründet und begründete eine langjährige musikalische Freundschaft mit dem argentinischen Bassisten Franco Fontanarrosa, die auch den Schweizer Schlagzeuger Lukas Mantel einbezog. Es könnte als eine Essenz von allem verstanden werden, was Doran - "mit verschiedenen Einflüssen von Jazz über Rock, Ethno bis Avantgarde", auf ihrer Website erklärt. Das Trio erforscht die musikalischen Territorien, um die Möglichkeiten des Standard-Gitarrentrios bis an die Grenzen auszudehnen".
Und das taten sie an jenem Donnerstag Anfang September, als sie ein neues Repertoire aus Fontanarossas poetischer Rock-Miniatur "Abstracción Felina "in einem Ausschnitt aus der obigen Komposition für große Gitarrengruppe von Doran in Angriff nahmen ebenso wie bei ihrer Zugabe "Bad News Babe".

Artist(s)

If Christy Doran looked anywhere near his age, the name of the group he presented in concert at the Theater Gütersloh in the summer of 2017 could easily be misread. But since the Irish-Swiss guitarist not only looks, but moves, sounds and thinks nowhere near his 68 years, this trio is surely not (primarily) a ”fountain of youth“, but a collective, constructive, and ever flowing ”Sound Fountain“.

Doran is a founding member of OM, a Swiss Jazz-Rock-Fusion group, which took it’s name from an album by John Coltrane. Their 1978 collaboration with Brazilian percussionist Dom Um Romao for JAPO/ECM was recently voted among Rolling Stone’s ”100 greatest Jazz albums“. Meanwhile Doran, who still counts Jimi Hendrix among his greatest influences, has also co-founded the jazz department at the University in Lucerne, and played in a host of different bands and projects (and on over sixty recordings), ranging from his own groups ”New Bag“ or ”Bunter Hund“ on to recent duets with French guitarist Noël Akchoté, as well as composed music like ”144 Strings for a Broken Chord“ for an ensemble with twenty guitars. Among the international instrumentalists he has worked with are Carla Bley, Albert Mangelsdorff, Edvard Vesala, Charlie Mariano, Iréne Schweizer, Piérre Favre, Sonny Sharrock, Tim Berne, Jim Black, Gunther Schuller, or Airto Moreira.

”Sound Fountain“ was founded in 2014, extending a longer standing musical friendship with the Argentinian bass-player Franco Fontanarrosa to include the Swiss drummer Lukas Mantel. It could be understood as an essence of all things Doran – ”with various influences from Jazz to Rock to Ethno to Avantgarde“, as their website explains. ”The trio will explore the musical territories pushing to the limits the capabilities of the standard guitar trio.“ And this they did on that Thursday in early September, tackling a new repertoire from Fontanarossa’s poetic rock-miniature ”Abstracción Felina“ via an excerpt from the above mentioned composition for large guitar group by Doran and on to bluesy grooves like their encore ”Bad News Babe“. Solid, sometimes spherical sounds, a musical experience balancing improvisation and composition, always energetic and elegantly flowing, ”Sound Fountain“ certainly lives up to its name on this live recording.
Götz Bühler

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'Undercurrent' is very similar to a practice session in which the musicians feel unspoken also play very, very well.
Trouw, 23-2-2018


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A musthave and not only for the guitar freaks!
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