Storione / Rossy / Schürmann

This Time the Dream's on Us

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Format: CD
Label: TCB The Montreux Jazz Label
UPC: 0725095368025
Catnr: TCB 36802
Release date: 09 April 2021
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TCB The Montreux Jazz Label
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0725095368025
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TCB 36802
Release date
09 April 2021

"Each track has a lot to offer, and in Viva Bud Powell among others! we speak of pure class."

Jazz & Mo, 18-7-2022
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"This Time the Dream’s on Me" is the name of Harold Arlen's 1941 song, which made it into the charts twice in the same year with none other than Glenn Miller and Woody Herman. It was composed for the film "Blues in the Night" with lyrics written by the famous singer and songwriter Johnny Mercer. Ella sang it especially tenderly, including it in her two Arlen and Mercer songbooks. It has been covered by many other great artists over the years, from Bird to Miles.

And now we have a technically stupendous pianist at the relatively young age of 27, a classic jazz trio and an album title referring to the Great American Songbook. What could go wrong? The temptation, especially with young jazz musicians (less often with female artists), is well known: to dazzlingly display their instrumental skills over a traditional framework, like a gymnast vigorously working out on the high bar. Unfortunately, the dismount often ends up, despite their virtuosity, stumbling into the mainstream of mediocrity.

Pianist Yuri Storione excels in this endeavour by teaming up with two experienced musicians: the deliberate, steady and precise bassist Dominik Schürmann, and one of the world's best drummers, Jorge Rossy. The balance between the players is already expressed in the trio’s name. Apart from the Arlen tune, another milestone in jazz history, Thelonious Monk's "Ruby My Dear" is the only other work from the Great American Songbook. The remaining ten compositions are Storione’s and Schürmann's own creations – consistently melodic and, in their creative interplay

brilliantly accented music — all of which reward the attentive listener with music that avoids all superficial gimmickry.

The bass is strikingly elegant: Dominik Schürmann is a team player who, from soulful ballads to up-tempo tunes, maintains a clear, reliable beat and a gentle touch. He creates stirring melodic lines that contrast with the piano, and short solos that are as honest as they are clean and inspired. Jorge Rossy’s contribution is an amazingly responsive, imaginative and sensitive drumming: it orders and underlines, decisively shapes, and in a restrained but effective manner accompanies his partners’ solistic excursions. This, like his entire presence here, is truly invaluable.

Within this flexible framework, where both of these stimulating and well-grounded musicians know how to let their vast experience flow fully into each musical moment, Yuri Storione's pianistic exuberance can wholly unfold, blossoming in all its splendor.

What were the last lines of the Mercer lyric? "It can't be true, but / This time the dream's on me." The Storione-Rossy-Schürmann Trio playfully twists and turns this dream. Without bombast and without hesitation, it transforms it in the most satisfying way: directly, easily, with depth and drive, into the reality of a surprising and captivating music: Yes, it can be true.

Steff Rohrbach

"This Time the Dream's on Me" heißt der Song von Harold Arlen aus dem Jahr 1941, der es im selben Jahr gleich zweimal in die Charts schaffte - mit keinem Geringeren als Glenn Miller und Woody Herman. Es wurde für den Film "Blues in the Night" komponiert, der Text stammt von dem berühmten Sänger und Songwriter Johnny Mercer. Ella sang es besonders zärtlich und nahm es in ihre beiden Songbücher von Arlen und Mercer auf. Es wurde im Laufe der Jahre von vielen anderen großen Künstlern gecovert, von Bird bis Miles.

Und jetzt haben wir einen technisch herausragenden Pianisten im relativ jungen Alter von 27 Jahren, ein klassisches Jazz-Trio und einen Albumtitel, der sich auf das Great American Songbook bezieht. Was kann da schon schiefgehen? Die Versuchung, vor allem bei jungen Jazzmusikern (seltener bei Künstlerinnen), ist bekannt: ihr instrumentales Können in einem traditionellen Rahmen glanzvoll zur Schau zu stellen, wie ein Turner, der am Reck fleißig trainiert. Leider landen die Absteiger trotz ihrer Virtuosität oft im Mainstream der Mittelmäßigkeit.

Der Pianist Yuri Storione tut sich bei diesem Unterfangen mit zwei erfahrenen Musikern zusammen: dem bedächtigen, ruhigen und präzisen Bassisten Dominik Schürmann und einem der besten Schlagzeuger der Welt, Jorge Rossy. Die Ausgewogenheit zwischen den Spielern kommt bereits im Namen des Trios zum Ausdruck. Neben dem Arlen-Stück, einem weiteren Meilenstein der Jazzgeschichte, ist "Ruby My Dear" von Thelonious Monk das einzige weitere Werk aus dem Great American Songbook. Die übrigen zehn Kompositionen sind Eigenkreationen von Storione und Schürmann - durchweg melodische und in ihrem kreativen Zusammenspiel brillant akzentuierte Musik - die den aufmerksamen Hörer mit Musik belohnt, die jeden vordergründigen Schnickschnack vermeidet.

Der Bass ist auffallend elegant: Dominik Schürmann ist ein Teamplayer, der von gefühlvollen Balladen bis hin zu Up-Tempo-Stücken einen klaren, verlässlichen Takt und einen sanften Anschlag beibehält. Er schafft mitreißende melodische Linien, die mit dem Klavier kontrastieren, und kurze Soli, die ebenso ehrlich wie sauber und inspiriert sind. Jorge Rossys Beitrag ist ein erstaunlich reaktionsschnelles, phantasievolles und sensibles Schlagzeugspiel: Es ordnet und unterstreicht, gestaltet entscheidend und begleitet auf zurückhaltende, aber wirkungsvolle Weise die solistischen Ausflüge seiner Partner. Dies ist, wie seine gesamte Präsenz hier, wirklich von unschätzbarem Wert.

In diesem flexiblen Rahmen, in dem diese beiden anregenden und geerdeten Musiker ihre große Erfahrung in jeden musikalischen Moment voll einfließen zu lassen wissen, kann sich der pianistische Überschwang von Yuri Storione voll entfalten und in seiner ganzen Pracht erblühen.

Was waren die letzten Zeilen des Mercer-Textes? "It can't be true, but / This time the dream's on me." Das Storione-Rossy-Schürmann Trio dreht und wendet diesen Traum spielerisch. Ohne Bombast und ohne Zögern verwandelt es ihn auf die befriedigendste Weise: direkt, leicht, mit Tiefgang und Drive, in die Realität einer überraschenden und fesselnden Musik: Yes, it can be true.

Steff Rohrbach

Artist(s)

Yuri Storione piano
Yuri Storione is a 27 year old jazz pianist and composer with a classical background. He has been playing the piano since he was four. In 2015 he was one of the three finalists of the internationally known “Montreux Jazz” piano competition and won the «Langnau Jazz Piano Competition» in 2018. Storione graduated from the Basel University of Music on the renowned Jazz Campus, where he received his third master’s degree in 2019. He is firmly anchored in the professional Swiss jazz scene and works regularly with top class musicians from home and abroad.

Storione has performed at numerous international jazz festivals and has had concerts all over Europe. For example, he played at the Malaga Jazz Festival (Spain), Jazz Festival L’Estartit (Spain), at the Slovenia Jazz Fest and at the Laeso Jazz Fest (Denmark). By Yamaha Corp. he was engaged several times for concerts in Spain.

In 2020 Storione recorded his third album as a band leader, together with co-band leader Dominik Schürmann and the international jazz great Jorge Rossy on drums: «This Time the Dream‘s on Us».

In addition to Jorge Rossy, Storione works with other international and European jazz luminaries such as with Perico Sambeat, Domenic Landolf, Thomas Moeckel and many more.

www.yuristorione.com

Dominik Schürmann bass
Dominik Schürmann is the son of Swiss jazz pianist Niggi Schürmann. His contact with music and particularly with jazz started at a very young age. He started piano lessons at the age of six before changing to the bass. He quickly became a fixture in the Swiss jazz scene and now works regularly with internationally renowned musicians.

He has worked with musicians like Hendrik Meurkens, Luis Diego Bonilla, Jorge Rossy, Karl Ratzer, George Gruntz, Isla Eckinger, Oscar Klein, Vince Benedetti, Domenic Landolf, David Klein, Adrian Mears, Adam Taubitz, Titi Winterstein, Kurt Weil, Jim Galloway, John Serry, Bonnie Jeanne Taylor, Miguel de la Cerna, Othella Dallas, Andreas Herrmann, Markus Hauser, Mario Schneeberger, Sam Burckhardt and many more.

He has performed in numerous jazz clubs and festivals in Switzerland and abroad. He has been a member of Thomas Moeckel‘s «Centrio» since 1998. Countless music projects have been the product of this longterm musical friendship with the well known Swiss all- round musician Thomas Moeckel.

Several of his own projects followed these collaborations, such as the coproductions with Schweizer Radio SRF2 Kultur «Dahaana», «Nothing is as it Seems» (both albums recorded with the Hardbop band «Compulsion») and «Sambâle», recorded with the Piano Trio Gutfleisch-Schürmann-Frey, which was founded in 2017. His album «Upswing» became one of the most successful Swiss CD releases on international download platforms in 2016.

Dominik Schürmann’s work is marked by musical passion, sensibility, harmony, and perfect timing gained by years of experience. He is very much in demand as a sideman or as a bandleader. Whether in jazz, blues or Latin American music, he always leaves his mark with compassion, enthusiasm and eloquence. He has also participated in theatre and musical productions and has appeared on TV and radio shows. As a bass player, Dominik Schürmann, participated in over 50 CD productions.

www.dominikschuermann.ch

Jorge Rossy drums
Jorge Rossy is internationally recognized as one of the most influential drummers of his generation. His sideman work includes over 180 recordings with renowned jazz musicians Brad Mehldau, Ethan Iverson, Kevin Hays, Albert Sanz, Mark Turner, Chris Cheek, Seamus Blake, Joshua Redman, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Steve Swallow, among many others. Jorge has also toured with some jazz greats including Charlie Haden, Wayne Shorter, Lee Konitz, Carla Bley, and Joe Lovano.

Besides his work as a drummer, Jorge has a distinctive voice on the vibes, marimba and piano, and a unique sound as a composer and band leader. Since his first CD under his own name, Jorge Rossy Trio Wicca (Fresh Sound), recorded in 2006, Jorge has recorded over 30 albums as a band leader or co-leader, to critical acclaim from publications such as Jazz Times, Downbeat, Jazz Around, and All About Jazz.

In 2015, Jorge recorded Stay There (Pirouet), his debut recording, leading a truly stellar band and playing vibes and marimba . Since then, Jorge has been touring and recording with different configurations of his band Jordi Rossy Vibes Quintet and several co-led projects, including Passport Quartet, Rossy & Kanan Quartet, Beck/ Landolf/Rossy, Scherrer-Evans-Kurmann-Rossy, Fox + Chris Cheek and Rossy & Vercher Quintet «Filantropía», among others.

All these bands are made up of an outstanding cast of musicians, collaborating to create a distinctive sound and an aesthetic full of intimate complicity. The long list of Jorge’s current bandmates includes Al Foster, Joe Chambers, Jimmy Wormworth, Joey Baron, Adam Cruz, Billy Hart, Mark Turner, Joshua Redman, Domenic Landolf, Pietro Tonolo, Javier Vercher, Chris Cheek, Mike Kanan, Kevin Hays, Michael Beck, Doug Weiss, Putter Smith, Nico Moreaux, Masa Kamaguchi, Marc Abrams, Pete Bernstein, Jaume Llombart, Pierre Perchaud and Vincent Peirani.

www.jorgerossy.com

Press

Each track has a lot to offer, and in Viva Bud Powell among others! we speak of pure class.
Jazz & Mo, 18-7-2022

... The perfectly mapped crystalline sound of Storione's instrument is embedded in the highly sensitive and leader-related interactions of double bassist Dominik Schürmann and longtime Mehldau drummer Jorge Rossy. In this intimately respectful togetherness, a compelling flow emerges that makes this CD stand out quite unspectacularly.
Pianonews, 01-9-2021

Top quality within the framework of the classical piano trio
Music Emotion, 04-6-2021

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