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Ziegele's, Omri Where's Africa: That Hat (Intakt)

One of Swiss saxophonist Omri Ziegele smaller group formations with Yves Theiler on electric keyboards and Dario Sisera on drums & percussion, in a lyrical set of compositions yielding strong soloing over solid grooves and warm moods, highlighting Ziegele's remarkably fluid playing; it's nearly jazz/rock fusion, but at heart it's a solid jazz album.

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Omri Ziegele-alto saxophone, Nai, vocals

Yves Theiler-keyboards

Dario Sisera-drums, percussion

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Includes 16 page booklet with liner notes in German and English, a color band photo and discographnical information.

UPC: 7640120193751

Label: Intakt
Catalog ID: ITK375.2
Squidco Product Code: 31479

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels w/ booklet
Recorded at Hardstudios Winterthur, in Switzerland, on April 2nd, and 3rd, 2021, by Andy Neresheimer.

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"Under the band title Where's Africa Omri Ziegele has long played with Irene Schweizer. Now he presents That Hat, his second album in the trio formation with keyboarder Yves Theiler and drummer Dario Sisera. The three are interested in an Africa seen through the eyepiece of Central European musicians who know everything from jazz to rock.

"There are certain jazz recordings that have great appeal even for people who don't consider themselves jazz aficionados: Memphis Underground by Herbie Mann, African Marketplace by Abdullah Ibrahim, Swiss Movement by Les McCann and Eddie Harris, Carla Bley's Dinner Music. That Hat, the new album by Omri Ziegele's trio Where's Africa, may well find a place in this tradition", writes Manfred Papst in the liner notes."-Intakt

"Omri Ziegele, the Zürich-based saxophonist, makes music with his big band Billiger Bauer and in duo format with pianist Irene Schweizer, and also with his smaller groups, Noisy Minority and Where's Africa. He has established himself as a major force in the Zürich jazz scene and as a major artist for Intakt Records. That Hat, his eleventh album for the label, features his Where's Africa trio, with keyboardist Yves Theiler and drummer Dario Sisera .

It isn't always the case with Ziegele, or for Intakt Records for that matter, but That Hat is a catchy, groove-heavy, accessible set of songs. Keyboardist Theiler is brilliant on the keyboards-on electric piano, playing the booty-shaking bass parts with a Ktron GP1 with one hand, and laying down scintillating lines and on the Rhodes Mark II with his right hand. Herbie Hancock's 1970s fusion days come to mind, and Chick Corea's Elektric Band, too.

For his part, Ziegele's saxophone has a tart, Zulu jive meets Henry Threadgill tone. All of the sounds here sound ripe for rip-off by the samplers of the world, with the danceable rhythms backdropping ebullient melodies from a joyful horn. Add some appealing chant-like singing on two tunes from the leader, and his occasional use of the Uzbek nai flute-on the gorgeous and reflective "Carpathian Folk Song"-adding more layering to the music that sounds at times simple, poppish. But it is a "simple" like Stevie Wonder's music is simple, or Herbie Hancock's Weather Report sets. Listen ten times, you'll hear new things with each spin. And you might just get up and cut a rug."-Dan McClenaghan

Includes 16 page booklet with liner notes in German and English, a color band photo and discographnical information.

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Artist Biographies

"Omri Ziegele: Born 1959 in Israel.

Studied in Boston and London with Bob Mover, Clifford Jordan and Chris Biscoe. Since 1980 professional musician; Concerts and international tours; Many projects and bands. 1983 Co-Founding Theater Circus Federlos Since 1996 Billiger Bauer with regular appearances in WIM Zürich. Duo with Irène Schweizer, Where's Africa Trio (with Irène Schweizer and Makaya Ntshoko) Schweizer Holz Trio with Urs Leimgruber and Hans Koch, Trio Noisy Minority, Brotherhood, duo with Yves Theiler, collaborations with the dancer / performer Dorothea Rust; Quartet with Israeli singer Efrat Alony. Various festival performances, tours at home and abroad. Some cultural prizes. Has created a platform for Zurich musicians with OHR. Co-initiator and program designer of the Zurich Jazz Festival "unerhört". Since 2014 he has been active as program designer of "OHR im Neumarkt" and "Jazz im Miller's".

Omri Ziegele sees himself as an improviser and composer, and free-rapper. And also as a cultural-political actor / activist, who is continually trying to keep things and states new facets, which make the present more colorful and lively. Today he is engaged in different contexts, composes for various formations and loves the improvisation in the most varied formations. On the alto saxophone he has found an unmistakable language of his own. Actually he is performing with the Trio Ziegele-Theiler-Hemingway, a double duo project (Ziegele-Theiler & Morgenthaler-Röllin), Tomorrow Trio with bassist Christian Weber and the Dutch drummer Han Bennink and a recently founded Trio with London musicians John Edwards and Mark Sanders. Regular concerts in Zurich with Where's Africa (with Yves Theiler & Dario Sisera)."

-Omri Ziegele Website (

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"Yves Theiler: piano & composition

Born in Zürich, Switzerland, on 23rd of December in 1987. After graduating from the K&S Art School for exceptionally talented instrumentalists, Yves Theiler obtained two Master diplomas of Arts in music at the music faculties of Zürich, Leipzig and Lucerne, where he studied under Richie BeirachandChris Wiesendanger among others. Yves Theiler made himself a big name in the Swiss jazz scene over the past few years as a young piano virtouso and as a highly respected composer. He was on tour with his band Yves Theiler Trio, Alexander von Schlippenbach Orchestra and MTQ, Castravez and Where's Africa to name a few. As a solo artist he performed at St. Moritz Festival da Jazz, at Winthertur Radio Festival and at the OHR Festival Zürich.

Yves has played with several international musicians like Omri Ziegele, Christoph Grab, Marcel Papeaux, Efrat Alony, Makaya Nsthoko, Raetus Flisch, Harald Haerter, Christian Wolfarth, Terrence McManus, Uli Kempendorff, Rudi Mahall, Yuri Goloubev, Rich Greenblatt, Dave Meier, Gerry Hemingway and others. He is theleader of "Yves Theiler Trio" with Yuri Goloubevand Lukas Mantel. As a co-member, he is part of the "DUO Omri Ziegele & Yves Theiler", the collective Trio "Things To Sounds", the duo The Zan and the duo Raetus Flisch & Yves Theiler. Frequently he's involved in projects with Uli Kempendorff from Berlin, Robert Lucaciu from Leipzig and Yuri Goloubev from Italy/Russia. As a sideman, Yves plays in the Matthias Tschopp Quartet, Luca Sisera's Roofer, Compo6 and Where's Africa. As a composer and arranger he works/worked for his piano trio, for the Zürich and Bern Jazz Werkstatt Collective, Zürich Ensemble MO-NO (new: "Space Garden"), the acoustic guitar duo Bohner & Piller and as an arranger he arranged Wagner pieces for Jazz Piano and Bass Duo for the Zürcher Festspiele 2013."

-Yves Theiler Website (

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Dario Sisera is a Swiss drummer, educated at Lucerne School of Music. He is known for his work with Omri Ziegele, and his band Radar Suzuki.

-Squidco 6/19/2024

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Track Listing:

1. Back Home 6:35

2. That Hat 9:06

3. Mother Is Always In Time 5:37

4. Carpathian Folk Song 9:45

5. Dying With The Wind 4:40

6. Woke Up On The Other Side Of My Heart 6:42

7. You Know, I Don't Know, Nobody Knows 7:55

8. Sunflowerpower 5:03

Related Categories of Interest:

Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
Melodic and Lyrical Jazz
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
Trio Recordings
Jazz & Improvisation Based on Compositions

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