Phoenix

Phoenix

by Patrick Zimmerli

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Overview

Phoenix

Usually, when jazz and electronica get together, it's the former that ends up taking a back seat to the latter -- a string bass sample lopes along underneath laid-back synth chords, or a saxophone tries to honk its way through a thicket of over-produced keyboards. Either way, the strategy is to take easy listening pap and give it a superficial gloss of hipness. The sixth album by saxophonist and composer Patrick Zimmerli takes just the opposite tack, and succeeds brilliantly. Instead of using disconnected jazz elements to spice up electronic Muzak, Zimmerli writes complex and beautiful jazz charts and spices them up with tasteful incursions of jittery, jungly breakbeats (courtesy of percussionist and programmer Satoshi Takeishi). His approach might sound gimmicky if it weren't for the strength of his compositions, which manage to balance challenging formal complexity with intuitive, completely approachable beauty. He incorporates a string quartet into his arrangements in a way that brings to mind the more successful moments of Gunther Schuller's third stream experimentation of the 1960s; his setting of the Jobim standard "How Insensitive" is one of the most intriguing and lovely ever recorded, and his own "Gnosis Crisis" combines cool strings with hot beats in a way that is both surprising and immediately attractive. Only the slightly bloated tone poem "Wunderlichen Stadt" (clocking in at over ten and a half minutes) fails to consistently hold one's attention; everything else is a revelation. Very highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/14/2005
Label: Songlines
UPC: 0774355154823
catalogNumber: 1548
Rank: 128448

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Patrick Zimmerli   Primary Artist,Soprano Saxophone
Kevin Hays   Piano
Satoshi Takeishi   Percussion,electronics
Stomu Takeishi   Fretless Bass Guitar
Maurycy Banaszek   Viola
Scott Yoo   Violin
Inbal Segev   Cello
Yoon Kwon   Violin

Technical Credits

Vinícius de Moraes   Composer
Don Sickler   Producer,Audio Production
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Satoshi Takeishi   drum programming
Tony Reif   Executive Producer
Patrick Zimmerli   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Aya Takemura   Engineer
Peter Nashel   Programming

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