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Noé Tavelli & The Argonauts Collective - Jazz Thing Next Generation Vol. 78

Noé Tavelli & The Argonauts Collective

Noé Tavelli & The Argonauts Collective - Jazz Thing Next Generation Vol. 78

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Label: Double Moon Records
UPC: 0608917135923
Catnr: DMCHR 71359
Release date: 03 May 2019
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Double Moon Records
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Release date
03 May 2019

"A particularly successful album all the more because it is a debut."

Rootstime, 13-6-2019
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Beautiful enchanting music, steeped in tradition and delivered by musicians in perfect symbiosis” (Marcel Papaux)

Founded in 2016 by the Swiss drummer Noé Tavelli, Noé Tavelli & The Argonauts Collective is an ensemble that brings together some of the most promising young European jazz musicians.
Their music, which is collectively shaped and written, is fed by the influence and dynamism of the New York Jazz scene, as each member of the band has spent extended time in the “Big Apple”. The band, a chord-less quartet, offers a smart and ambitious blend of traditional and modern jazz combining both complex form and freedom.

In June 2017, as we entered the famous La Buissonne studio in Pernes-les-Fontaines (France) the band had just finished a ten-day Swiss tour. It was the first time the Collective had had a chance to perform that many dates in a row and some of our gigs were musical residencies. This really helped us to shape our musical direction and at that point we wanted to keep as much of the momentum of our live performances and bring it inside our “studio sound”. We recorded the whole band in the same room in order to privilege the type of musical interactions that occur while on the bandstand.
Besides capturing our composition book, we also decided to record some “on the spot” improvisations, some duets (referred as interludes) and one collective improvisation with whole band (Improvisation).

The opening tune, “Ruby’s Blessing” is a waltz I wrote while living in Harlem. At the time my first New York home was a very simple room inside a “shared building” ran by an African-American family. Ruby was the landlady and for sure the spirit of the place. Living there, I had the chance to experience their way of life, from the culinary culture of the South, to the constant presence of the Christian-Baptist religion.

Blanc Comme Neige” is a piece based on a very specific groove that can be heard on the introduction and on the heads. It is also built on an interval series that I have manipulated in different ways. Its title refers to the winter period in New York and its intense blizzards.

Interlude 1” is an improvised duet between Francesco Geminiani and myself. We have known each other musically for a while now and this is some sort of a free musical dialogue we exchange here.

Improvisation”. This take is the result of a group improvisation that we recorded at the end of the session. To me it has something special because it sounds like it could have been a written composition. The two horns are floating on top as the bass and the drums maintain a surprising push and pull momentum.

“Byway” is the ballad of the set, it features both Matthias Spillmann and Francesco Geminiani, whose solo at times reminds me a bit of the great Joe Henderson.

Interlude 2” reunites the trumpet and the drums in soulful duet: there is nothing here but the raw and “voice-like” brass sound of the trumpet and the round and warm snare-free sound of the drums.

I composed “Rush” around the very end of my musical studies at the Manhattan School of Music, a naturally very busy period in time! It is a pretty straight-ahead composition. Nevertheless, it is quite a driven tune with an unusual number of bars and an untypical set of changes. It brings some swinging phrasing into the set and features a beautiful bass solo by Fabien Iannone.

In “Interlude 3”, Matthias Spillmann and Fabien Iannone improvise a musical story. Their sounds melt together in a unique way and they are not afraid of leaving some space in between their phrases. I really like the subtle complexity of their individual tones, the expressiveness they both deploy.

Giasone”, by Francesco Geminiani, pays tribute to the name of the Argonauts’ mythological leader. It is introduced by an improvised horn duo that develops into a melody and a solo section, both of which navigate over changing time signatures.

The closing number “Moods”, by Geminiani, is a contemplative and meditative piece in which each voice works together in a contrapuntal way. The melody gives the band a frame for a very open and collective improvisation before returning to its original statement.
Der Sage nach war Jason ein ziemlich schneidiger Zeitgenosse. Er hatte alles, was man braucht, um jedes Schlachtfeld als strahlender Sieger zu verlassen, aber auch um dort krachend unterzugehen. Immerhin hat der in Genf geborene Schlagzeuger Noé Tavelli durchaus bewusst für sein erstes größeres Bandprojekt den Bezug zu den Argonauten ausgewählt, jener Ansammlung der größten Helden Griechenlands, die sich mit Jason auf die Suche nach dem Goldenen Vlies begeben und dabei gegen Bronzetitanen kämpfen, Harpyien unschädlich machen, eine gefährliche Meerenge durchqueren sowie eine siebenköpfige Hydra und einen Trupp bewaffneter Skelette besiegen müssen.

„Schöne Bilder. Ich stelle mir das gerade vor“, sinniert Tavelli. All die Kämpfe und Gefahren, der ungewisse Ausgang: So muss sich jeder Newcomer im Jazzbusiness fühlen, gerade, wenn er nicht auf ausgelatschten Pfaden unterwegs sein will. „Die Argonauten fuhren mit ihrem Boot, der Argo, übers Meer. Wir sind vier Freunde und haben ebenfalls den Sprung gewagt, sind von der Schweiz oder Italien aus nach New York gegangen.“ Dort fanden sie zueinander, verstehen sich als Kollektiv, jeder ist gleichberechtigt und Noé so etwas wie der Primus inter pares, der den Kurs vorgibt und mit seinen Gefährten Mathias Spillmann (Trompete, Flügelhorn), Francesco Geminiani (Tenorsaxofon) und Fabien Iannone (Bass) mutig in jedes Abenteuer zieht. „Die Argo bestand aus Holz und segelte mit dem Wind. Unsere Instrumente bestehen auch aus Holz und werden geblasen. Damit bewegen wir uns vorwärts. Denn die interkontinentalen Flüge sind wesentlich billiger geworden.“ Wieder so ein schönes, durchaus zutreffendes Bild.

Dazu passt, dass „Noé Tavelli & The Argonauts Collective“ auf ihrer gleichnamigen Debüt-CD gänzlich auf ein Klavier verzichten und sich als akkordloses Quartett präsentieren, das auf ebenso intelligente wie überraschende Art auf der Schnittstelle zwischen Tradition und Moderne balanciert. Der Sound der zehn Titel – davon acht aus der Feder Tavellis – ist roh, warm und nahbar zugleich, die Arbeitssprache in der Band eine Mischung aus Englisch und Französisch. „Nur Giovanni bringt manchmal Italienisch mit ein“, lacht der Bandleader. „Es geht uns in erster Linie um Freiheit, aber auch um die Verantwortung gegenüber dem Gesamtprojekt, was natürlich eine gewisse Disziplin erfordert.“ Nicht der einzige Ratschlag, den der Schweizerische Jason, an der Manhattan School Of Music von seinen Lehrern John Riley, Justin DiCioccio und Jim McNeely bekam. Trotz seiner erst 27 Jahre blickt der Hochbegabte und Hochdekorierte (2015 bekam er den Preis der Walt-Friedl-Stiftung für junge Talente) auf ein beachtliches Portfolio an Projekten, unter anderem mit Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dave Liebman, Ohad Talmor oder Edsel Gomez zurück.

Dennoch muss der Big Apple keine weitere europäische Invasion fürchten. „Wir fühlen uns eindeutig zur amerikanischen Art des Jazz hingezogen“, stellt Tavelli klar. „Mir hat das von Anfang an gefallen, die Jazz Messengers, Charlie Parker. Ihre Musik ist etwas ganz Besonderes, sehr rhythmusbetont, voller Energie. Die Rolle des Schlagzeugs und die Art, wie es dort bedient wird, haben mich geprägt.“ Bei Noé geht es weniger um Melodien und Tonleitern, die sanft über das Drumset rollen, als vielmehr um Groove – direkten oder vertrackten. Deshalb fallen ihm bei der Fragen nach seinen Vorbildern vor allem Namen wie Billy Higgins, Roy Haynes, dessen Enkel Marcus Gilmore, sein Mentor Eric McPherson (Fred Hersch) und Craig Weinrib (Henry Threadgill, David Virelles) ein. Was automatisch impliziert, dass es ihm weniger um einen langweiligen Retro-Aufguss geht, als vielmehr eine lebhafte Weiterdeutung der Tradition, eine zeitgemäße Variante für richtig coole Musik.

„Jason und die Argonauten haben tatsächlich das Goldene Vlies mit nach Hause gebracht“, grinst Noé Tavelli. „Und danach wollte Zeus, dass sie gleich wieder losziehen.“ So lässt sich mit einem Gleichnis aus der griechischen Mythologie perfekt der Startschuss einer vielversprechenden Karriere umschreiben.

Artist(s)

Francesco Geminiani (tenor saxophone)

Tenor Saxophonist and composer Francesco Geminiani comes from beautiful Verona (IT) before moving to Switzerland, NYC and Paris. An endless musical curiosity drives him across styles and melodies, sharing the stage with great human beings across the New and the Old World.  His new Album “Red Sky, Blue Water” has been released in April 2021 by “Fresh Sound New Talent”. In this work he is joined by a dynamic rhythm section with Manuel Schmiedel on piano, Rick Rosato on bass and Daniel Dor on drums. Beside his work as a leader, Geminiani stands out as an in demand tenor saxophonist of its generation. Performing and recording internationally, he is now based in Paris collaborating with great artists of the NYC and European...
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Tenor Saxophonist and composer Francesco Geminiani comes from beautiful Verona (IT) before moving to Switzerland, NYC and Paris. An endless musical curiosity drives him across styles and melodies, sharing the stage with great human beings across the New and the Old World. His new Album “Red Sky, Blue Water” has been released in April 2021 by “Fresh Sound New Talent”. In this work he is joined by a dynamic rhythm section with Manuel Schmiedel on piano, Rick Rosato on bass and Daniel Dor on drums.
Beside his work as a leader, Geminiani stands out as an in demand tenor saxophonist of its generation. Performing and recording internationally, he is now based in Paris collaborating with great artists of the NYC and European scene such as the Arthur Hnatek trio, Hermon Mehari, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Richard Sears, Marta Sanchez, Daniel Dor, Arnaud Dolmen, Noé Tavelli…
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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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Fabien Iannone (double bass)

Fabien is born in 1990 in Switzerland. After two years of piano lessons, at 14 he discovered the passion for the electric bass, that he studied for two years. He turned quickly to the double bass, that became his main instrument. In 2011 he obtained a scholarship  from the Fritz Gerber Foundation based in Zurich. That gave him the opportunity to spend 6 months in New York and dive deeply into the intense musical sourround of this city. Fabien had the opportunity to study with Ben Street, Bänz Oester, Jorge Rossy and Sophia Rosoff. Back to Switzerland, he entered in the Jazz School of Basel in 2012. He is actually playing in many Jazz projects in Switzerland and France. He had the...
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Fabien is born in 1990 in Switzerland. After two years of piano lessons, at 14 he discovered the passion for the electric bass, that he studied for two years. He turned quickly to the double bass, that became his main instrument. In 2011 he obtained a scholarship from the Fritz Gerber Foundation based in Zurich. That gave him the opportunity to spend 6 months in New York and dive deeply into the intense musical sourround of this city.

Fabien had the opportunity to study with Ben Street, Bänz Oester, Jorge Rossy and Sophia Rosoff. Back to Switzerland, he entered in the Jazz School of Basel in 2012. He is actually playing in many Jazz projects in Switzerland and France.

He had the opportunity to play with musicians such Ohad Talmor, Dan Weiss, Colin Valon, Yoon Sun Choi, Khabu Doug Young, Gabriel Zufferey, Malcolm Braff, Matthieu Llodra, Marcel Papaux, Jean Lou Treboux, Guillaume Perret, etc. He also had the chance to participate to several international festivals: Montreux Jazz Festival, Paleo, Cully Jazz Festival, Jazz sous les Pommiers (FR), Südtirol Jazzfestival (IT), Cosmojazz (FR).


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Noé Tavelli (drums)

Originally from Geneva Switzerland, drummer Noé Tavelli (1992) moved in New York in 2015 where he studied at the Manhattan School of Music under the guidance of John Riley, Justin DiCioccio and Jim McNeely. He also graduated from the Drummers Collective in 2011 as well as from the Lausanne Conservatory of Music (Switzerland) in 2015. Despite his young age, Noé has already been involved in project with major jazz figures such as Dee Dee Bridgewater and David Liebman. As a performing artist, Tavelli has also appeared with Ohad Talmor, Edsel Gomez, Richard Sears, Florian Favre, Jean-Lou Treboux, Nat Su, Gabriel Zufferey, among many others. He is a 2015 reciepient of the Friedl Wald Foundation for young talents. 
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Originally from Geneva Switzerland, drummer Noé Tavelli (1992) moved in New York in 2015 where he studied at the Manhattan School of Music under the guidance of John Riley, Justin DiCioccio and Jim McNeely. He also graduated from the Drummers Collective in 2011 as well as from the Lausanne Conservatory of Music (Switzerland) in 2015.
Despite his young age, Noé has already been involved in project with major jazz figures such as Dee Dee Bridgewater and David Liebman.
As a performing artist, Tavelli has also appeared with Ohad Talmor, Edsel Gomez, Richard Sears, Florian Favre, Jean-Lou Treboux, Nat Su, Gabriel Zufferey, among many others. He is a 2015 reciepient of the Friedl Wald Foundation for young talents.
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Composer(s)

Francesco Geminiani (tenor saxophone)

Tenor Saxophonist and composer Francesco Geminiani comes from beautiful Verona (IT) before moving to Switzerland, NYC and Paris. An endless musical curiosity drives him across styles and melodies, sharing the stage with great human beings across the New and the Old World.  His new Album “Red Sky, Blue Water” has been released in April 2021 by “Fresh Sound New Talent”. In this work he is joined by a dynamic rhythm section with Manuel Schmiedel on piano, Rick Rosato on bass and Daniel Dor on drums. Beside his work as a leader, Geminiani stands out as an in demand tenor saxophonist of its generation. Performing and recording internationally, he is now based in Paris collaborating with great artists of the NYC and European...
more
Tenor Saxophonist and composer Francesco Geminiani comes from beautiful Verona (IT) before moving to Switzerland, NYC and Paris. An endless musical curiosity drives him across styles and melodies, sharing the stage with great human beings across the New and the Old World. His new Album “Red Sky, Blue Water” has been released in April 2021 by “Fresh Sound New Talent”. In this work he is joined by a dynamic rhythm section with Manuel Schmiedel on piano, Rick Rosato on bass and Daniel Dor on drums.
Beside his work as a leader, Geminiani stands out as an in demand tenor saxophonist of its generation. Performing and recording internationally, he is now based in Paris collaborating with great artists of the NYC and European scene such as the Arthur Hnatek trio, Hermon Mehari, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Richard Sears, Marta Sanchez, Daniel Dor, Arnaud Dolmen, Noé Tavelli…
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Noé Tavelli (drums)

Originally from Geneva Switzerland, drummer Noé Tavelli (1992) moved in New York in 2015 where he studied at the Manhattan School of Music under the guidance of John Riley, Justin DiCioccio and Jim McNeely. He also graduated from the Drummers Collective in 2011 as well as from the Lausanne Conservatory of Music (Switzerland) in 2015. Despite his young age, Noé has already been involved in project with major jazz figures such as Dee Dee Bridgewater and David Liebman. As a performing artist, Tavelli has also appeared with Ohad Talmor, Edsel Gomez, Richard Sears, Florian Favre, Jean-Lou Treboux, Nat Su, Gabriel Zufferey, among many others. He is a 2015 reciepient of the Friedl Wald Foundation for young talents. 
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Originally from Geneva Switzerland, drummer Noé Tavelli (1992) moved in New York in 2015 where he studied at the Manhattan School of Music under the guidance of John Riley, Justin DiCioccio and Jim McNeely. He also graduated from the Drummers Collective in 2011 as well as from the Lausanne Conservatory of Music (Switzerland) in 2015.
Despite his young age, Noé has already been involved in project with major jazz figures such as Dee Dee Bridgewater and David Liebman.
As a performing artist, Tavelli has also appeared with Ohad Talmor, Edsel Gomez, Richard Sears, Florian Favre, Jean-Lou Treboux, Nat Su, Gabriel Zufferey, among many others. He is a 2015 reciepient of the Friedl Wald Foundation for young talents.
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Press

A particularly successful album all the more because it is a debut.
Rootstime, 13-6-2019

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