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TCB The Montreux Jazz Label
06 May 2022
"... Great improvisations and the excellent playing technique of the leader do not let this album out of the hand."jazzfun, 21-5-2022
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.
He launched his jazz career as a Bill Evans-inspired pianist, then travelled to Vienna to study classical guitar with Karl Scheit, the renowned Austrian guitarist, lutenist and teacher. In New York City in the late 1960s, he freelanced on both piano and guitar, before co-founding the band Oregon in 1970, with Collin Walcott, Glenn Moore and Paul McCandless – all of whom would appear on his ECM debut, Trios/Solos, in 1972. Towner’s recordings for ECM have included solo albums, duo projects (with John Abercrombie, Gary Peacock, Gary Burton and Paolo Fresu), bands under his direction (including Solstice with Jan Garbarek, Eberhard Weber, Jon Christensen) and discs with Oregon. Towner has also contributed to outstanding albums by Keith Jarrett (In The Light), Jan Garbarek (Dis), Kenny Wheeler(Deer Wan) and Egberto Gismonti (Sol do Meio Dia).
In the last few years activities have included many concerts with Sardinian trumpeter Paolo Fresu, their album Chiaroscuro garnering much positive press along the way (“Lushly resonant guitar and stately trumpet, a masterful match of color and texture” – The Village Voice). Another important association is with the guitar trio with Austria’s Wolfgang Muthspiel and Kazakhstan-born Australian player Slava Grigoryan. “Three guitarists from three different continents with three very different disciplines unite for this breathtakingly beautiful trio outing,” wrote Down Beat of the album Travel Guide.
Meanwhile, solo guitar work continues. In November 2016 Ralph Towner headlined an ECM Weekend in Cork, Ireland. In February and March 2017 he is in on tour in the US.
... Great improvisations and the excellent playing technique of the leader do not let this album out of the hand.
... The result is nine fine, superficially unexciting recordings that highlight Vianna's Brazilian classical training...
Jazz'n More, 01-5-2022
... Between the sophistication of Brazilian rhythms, Mediterranean joie de vivre, and free improvisations on a wide range of compositions, Aliéksey Vianna's quartet offers us a delightful moment of music whose absolute technical mastery is quickly forgotten to leave room only for pleasure.
jazz halo, 29-4-2022
Seven years after a live trio recording, the Brazilian guitarist Aliéksey Vianna, winner of several classical guitar prizes, has assembled a very attractive "chamber" quartet for TCB, the Montreux label...
radio france, 20-4-2022
It is delicate music, magnificently performed, absolutely mastered, with breathtakingly inventive solos. A delicious moment of music.
Le Soir, 03-8-2022
The pieces on Ancient Myths sound well cared for, put into professional arrangements and skilfully performed. The music sounds oiled and smooth, but if you listen closely, you will discover in addition to this obviousness: virtuosity, brilliant interplay and craftsmanship!
Music Frames, 06-7-2022
... Vianna chooses instead for "Ancient Myths" deliberately unorthodox material with a composed base and a part to be freely improvised, which Mirabassi, Kurmann and Rossy often traverse in the language of contemporary classical...
Jazzthing 06 2022, 27-5-2022
... The Brazilian guitarist Aliéksey Vianna has been living in Basel for a good 15 years and is a border crosser between different musical worlds, which includes jazz, European classical music, new music, popular and classical Brazilian music. On "Ancient Myths", released at the beginning of May, he unrolls a kind of Ariadne's thread to ancient myths of different cultures...
ProgrammZeitung CH 06 2022, 27-5-2022
Aliéksey Vianna's quartet offers us a delicious moment of music whose absolute technical mastery is well and truly present, quickly forgotten to leave room only for pleasure.
Between the sophistication of Brazilian rhythms, Mediterranean joie de vivre and free improvisations on a beautiful range of compositions, Aliéksey Vianna's quartet offers us a delicious moment of music whose absolute technical mastery is well and truly present.....
Between the sophistication of Brazilian rhythms, Mediterranean joie de vivre, free improvisations on a beautiful range of compositions, Alieksey Vianna's quartet offers us a delicious moment of music whose absolute technical mastery is well and truly present.
This album radiates a serene tranquility that is mainly due to the combination of classical guitar, clarinet and vibraphone, but Rossy is also an extremely subtle percussionist and Kurmann can do everything on his double bass.