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Courvoisier, Sylvie Trio (Courvoisier / Gress / Wollesen): Free Hoops (Intakt)

With tracks dedicated to friends, family and musicians including Claude Thornhill & John Zorn, the 3rd album from The Sylvie Courvoisier trio with Drew Gress on bass and Kenny Wollesen on drums & "Wollesonics", is an exuberantly sophisticated album of slyly complex jazz compositions that both happily swing and leave room for creative exploration; extraordinary!
 

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UPC: 7640120193515

Label: Intakt
Catalog ID: INT351
Squidco Product Code: 29713

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded at Oktaven Audio, Mount Vernon, New York, on December 20th, 2019, by Ryan Streber.


Personnel:

Sylvie Courvoisier-piano, compositions

Drew Gress-bass

Kenny Wollesen-drums, Wollesonics

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Artist Biographies:

"Sylvie Courvoisier is a pianist, composer and improviser. Born in Lausanne, Switzerland, Courvoisier moved to New York in 1998 and has lived in Brooklyn since that time.

Courvoisier has led several groups over the years and has recorded over 25 records as a leader or co-leader for different labels, notably ECM , Tzadik and Intakt Records and 30 cds as a sideperson. She has performed and recorded with John Zorn, Mark Feldman, Yusef Lateef, Ikue Mori, Tony Oxley, Tim Berne, Joey Baron, Joëlle Léandre, Herb Robertson, Butch Morris, Evan Parker, Mark Dresser, Ellery Eskelin, Lotte Anker, Fred Frith, Michel Godard, Tomazs Stanko among others. She has been commissioned to write music for concerts, radio, dance and theater. Since 1996, she has been touring widely with her own groups and as a side person in USA, Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe.

Currently, Courvoisier is the leader of her TRIO with Kenny Wollesen and Drew Gress. She performs regularly Solo and since 1997, in Duo with violinist Mark Feldman. She co-leads the Sylvie Courvoisier/Mark Feldman Quartet with Scott Colley and Billy Mintz. Since 2000, she has been a member of Mephista, an improvising collective trio with Ikue Mori and Susie Ibarra. She is currently playing and touring in different projects of John Zorn including Cobra and Masada Marathon. She is also playing in Erik Friedlander's Trio, Herb Robertson's Quintet and Nate Wooley's Quartet. Since 2010, she has been working as a pianist and composer for flamenco dancer Israel Galvan's project "la Curva" with more than 150 performances around the world.

Awards include Switzerland's 1996 Prix des jeunes créateurs; Zonta Club's 2000 Prix de la Création; Switzerland's 2010 Grand Prix de la Fondation Vaudoise de la Culture; 2013's NYFA (NewYork Foundation For the Art) Music/Sound Fellowship."

-Sylvie Courvoisier Website (http://www.sylviecourvoisier.com/bio.htm)
11/25/2020

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"Drew Gress (born November 20, 1959) is an American jazz double-bassist and composer born in Trenton, New Jersey, raised in the Philadelphia area, and currently based in New York City.

Biography

Gress became interested in jazz and the double bass while a teenager, joining the Pennsbury Concert Jazz Band, a nationally-prominent high school jazz ensemble, in 1975, spending two years as bassist and arranger for the group. His interest in composing original material for large ensembles, such as those of Johnny Richards, Billy May, and Pat Williams, led him to Baltimore's Towson State University in 1977, where he studied composition and counterpoint with Hank Levy, known for his work with Don Ellis and Stan Kenton. While at Towson, Gress established a playing relationship with saxophonist Ellery Eskelin, with whom he cofounded Joint Venture with Paul Smoker and Phil Haynes. They released three albums on Enja Records between 1987 and 1994.

During the 1980s in the Baltimore/Washington DC area, he played with Sonny Stitt, Clifford Jordan, Albert Dailey, Mose Allison, Zoot Sims, Cab Calloway, Buddy Hackett, Phyllis Diller, and pianist Marc Copland, with whom he still plays today. He also served on the faculties of the Peabody Conservatory, Towson State University, and the Baltimore School for the Arts. He formed a quartet, Tekke, in 1989 with David Kane, Glenn Cashman, and Michael Smith.

In 1997, he cofounded the cooperative improvising trio Paraphrase with saxophonist/composer Tim Berne and drummer Tom Rainey. Together, they pursued a compositional approach to free improvisational practice. They recorded three live albums together and toured extensively.

In 1998, he released his first album as leader, Heyday, with his band Jagged Sky (featuring David Binney, Ben Monder, and Kenny Wollesen). 2001 saw the release of Spin & Drift with Uri Caine, Berne, and Rainey, in which he played pedal steel guitar for the first time.

Earlier in the 1990s, he served tenures as artist in residence at University of Colorado-Boulder and at Russia's St. Petersburg Conservatory.

Since 1992, Gress has maintained an extensive touring schedule, traveling to Europe, Asia, and South America. Those with whom he has and continues to work include Tim Berne, Ravi Coltrane, Uri Caine, John Hollenbeck, Fred Hersch, Marc Copland, Don Byron, Steve Coleman, Dave Douglas, Jack DeJohnette, John Surman, Ray Anderson, Erik Friedlander, Kenny Werner, Bill Carrothers, Ralph Alessi, Tony Malaby, Steve Lehman, and Edsel Gomez. To date, he has appeared on over 140 recordings, 4 of which have received Grammy nominations.

Gress' own ensembles have toured Europe four times since 2002, in addition to isolated festival appearances in Italy and Portugal. In 2004, the UK's BBC Radio and London's Guardian selected his quartet's live radio broadcast as Jazz Concert of the Year.

Composition awards include an NEA grant (1990), funding from Meet the Composer (2003), a Chamber Music America New Works Grant (2005), a CMA French-American Exchange Grant (2007), and an Encore Grant from that same organization (2008). He continues to compose for larger groups and has begun experimenting with virtual synthesizers."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drew_Gress)
11/25/2020

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"Kenny Wollesen (born 1966) is an American drummer and percussionist.

Wollesen lives in New York City. He has recorded and toured with Tom Waits, Sean Lennon, Ron Sexsmith, Bill Frisell, Norah Jones, John Lurie, Myra Melford, Steven Bernstein, and John Zorn. He is a founding member of the New Klezmer Trio and a member of the Sex Mob and Himalayas groups. He also performs on the soundtrack to the popular children's show The Backyardigans.

Kenny grew up in Capitola, CA, studying at Aptos HS and spent many teenage years jamming with Donny McCaslin. He spent quality classroom time with flugelhornist and arranger Ray Brown at Cabrillo College. Kenny also arranges and studied vibraphone at Cabrillo."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenny_Wollesen)
11/25/2020

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track listing:


1. Free Hoops 4:11

2. Lulu Dance 6:43

3. Just Twisted 4:10

4. Requiem D'un Songe 7:34

5. As We Are 5:08

6. Birdies Of Paradise 5:07

7. Galore 7:27

8. Nicotine Sarcoline 4:21

9. Highway 1 9:03
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Sylvie Courvoisier presents a new trio album at the height of her mastery and success. "Free Hoops" follows the widely celebrated trio album "D'Agala" which The New York Times counted as among the best records of the year. With every concert and every album this glorious trio's modus operandi becomes more clear - Sylvie Courvoisier, Drew Gress and Kenny Wollesen play morphing music by turns intricately detailed and ambiguously wide open. The music Courvoisier writes is rigorously organized and calls for ensemble precision, as a few thorny unisono heads demonstrate. But the music also harbors a misterioso, dreamlike quality that may surface at any time, induced by a wistful ostinato or moonlit piano arpeggio stubbornly repeated, or by a quiet episode that underscores the depth of the trio's sonic space. They also do that good stuff we prize jazz for - the happy swinging, the coming together when they make complex material sing, and the flying apart when the players explore it on their own."-Intakt



"Explorative pianist/composer Sylvie Courvoisier has been a model of excellence in the avant-garde jazz panorama since the mid 1990's. Her affinity for complex rhythmic interlocking and innovative ideas are patented on Free Hoops, a new trio effort with bassist Drew Gress and drummer Kenny Wollesen. On the same vein of the brilliant D'Agala (Intakt, 2018), the tunes on Free Hoops arrive in the form of dedications to family, longtime friends and musical influences.

The title cut, composed for her husband - the violinist Mark Feldman - makes for an irresistible starting point. The off-kilter harmonic splendor is embedded in the right places while the intricate phrasing is occasionally embellished with motivic chromatic shifts. Despite atypical, the rhythmic drive provided by bass and drums sound incredibly natural as a consequence of Gress' deft combination of slides and plucks, and Wollesen's apt responsiveness and remarkable musicianship.

"Lulu Dance" is set in motion by an accessible, if somewhat trippy progression that gains heft as soon as jolts of energetic drum sounds start to stir its constant rhythmic flux. A contemplative middle section, also more overt and ambiguous, explores tonal colors within a spontaneous sound design. This is before fast percussive piano incursions on the lower register signals the trio to reinstate the earliest dance from which everything flowed out.

The threesome goes full force into another kind of dance on "Just Twisted", which was penned for the groundbreaking saxophonist/composer John Zorn. Initially oscillating between vehement and graceful, the ambiance incorporates gently sweeping piano riffery, stunning percussive textures carried out with Wollesonic techniques, and bass pedal points. But then, they push the pedal to the metal, provoking agitation through vortical piano spirals that overflies a dazzling swing-like rhythm in nine.

In direct contrast to this mood, "Galore" nurtures composed yet still suspenseful moments with proficient alternation of arco and pizzicato bass techniques. This intriguing mood serves as a launching pad for an engagingly torpid rhythm predominantly built with snare drum and hi-hat. Dedicated to Wollesen, this piece, at particular times, puts on show the bassist and the pianist strutting around the pulse in tandem.

Courvoisier contemplated more family in her dedications, and if "As We Are", approached from a Monk-inspired angle through a central riff that often repeats, was written for her mother; "Nicotine Sarcoline" gifts her brother Stephane as she puts a bounce in the impetuosity and pointedness of her glorious avant-gardism.

Liberating and extending the possibilities of form and improvisation, Courvoisier shows off an acute, borderless inside/outside sensibility that creates a spellbinding effect. Her labyrinthine, sensuous and powerful lines sound like no one else."-Filipe Freitas, Jazz Trail


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