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Wickihalder, Juerg: Furioso (Intakt)

Swiss saxophonist and composer Jurg Wickihalder in a quartet with bassist Mark Zubek, reed player Achille Succi, bassist Mark Zubek and drummer Kevin Zubek.

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product information:

UPC: 7640120191535

Label: Intakt
Catalog ID: INT153
Squidco Product Code: 10989

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2008
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded October 31 and November 1, 2007 by Willy Strehler, Klangdach, Swizerland.


Juerg Wickihalder-soprano and alto sax

Achille Succi-bass clarinet, alto sax

Mark Zubek-bass

Kevin Zubek-drums

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Artist Biographies:

"Achille Succi, has recently been singled out as "one of the European musicians to keep an eye on in the next ten years" (Bill Schoemaker, Giornale della musica, January 2010), while journalist Mario Gamba defines him as a "genius of italian Jazz" (Alias, March 20th, 2010).

Born in Modena, Italy, in 1971, he began self-taught and later won several scholarships that gave him the chance to study in some of the most important schools and workshops in the world (Berklee, D.Liebman masterclasses, Kopenhagen Rhythmic conservatory, Siena Jazz).

Among the many artists he has collaborated with are Uri Caine, Ralph Alessi, Sylvie Curvoisier, Steve Swell, Louis Sclavis, Ernst Reijseger, Pierre Dørge and Franco D'Andrea; he also took part in the recording of many CDs and performed all over the world.

As leader Achille Succi has recorded two CDs: "Shiva's dance" and "Terra", and a duo session with Bass player Salvatore Maiore: "Pequenas flores do inferno".

Together with Fabrizio Puglisi and Alberto Capelli he founded the "Atman" group, with two CDs released.

With pianist Christopher Culpo he just released "Fresh Frozen", for the "El Gallo Rojo" record label, featuring tuba player Oren Marshall.

Achille Succi teaches music ensemble in Nonantola (Modena) and holds improvisation workshops and masterclasses in several Italian cities. Since 2001 he has been a faculty member of famous summer workshop Siena Jazz, and recently taught at the In.Jam masterclasses; since 2006 he also teaches clarinet and improvisation techniques at the Ferrara, Bologna and Brescia Conservatory."

-Achille Succi Website (

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track listing:

1. Warm-Up Party 5:09

2. The Pocket Trumpet Man 4:46

3. Desert Voices 5:28

4. Lovers 5:27

5. Four In One 1:06

6. The Valley 9:27

7. Surfing And Flying 2:49

8. The Moonwalk 3:15

9. Played Twice 2:25

10. Aurumn Child 5:22
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"Starting in 1995 the Swiss saxophonist and composer Juerg Wickihalder worked in several projects in the USA together with bassist Mark Zubek, drummer Kevin Zubek and clarinetist/saxophonist Achille Succi (for instance in the Big Band "Interplay Collective" or the internationally successful Jazz-Funk-Band "B. Connection").

The four musicians met in 2007 again, for the first time after almost ten years. During this "10-years-break", every musician went his own way, everyone developed his musical language, delight in playing and energy joins now experience and maturity.

Musically the band somehow reminds of the early Ornette Coleman Quartet or the Steve Lacy Quartet with Don Cherry: it is a playful music with a strong groove, over which - since there is no harmony instrument!- the soloists improvise with a lot of freedom, but always focusing on the compositional material."-Juerg Wickihalder website

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