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Hendriksen, Alex / Fabian Gisler: The Song Is You (Hat Hut Ezz-Thetics)

Drawing on material from Billy Strayhorn, Thelonious Monk, Michel Legrand, Harry Warren, and Victor Young, the lyrical duo of saxophonist Alex Hendriksen (Swiss Jazz Orchestra) and double bassist Fabian Gisler (Jurg Wickihalder European Quartet) cite the art form of storytelling as central to their music as they reflect thoughtfully on the American Songbook.

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UPC: 752156100324

Label: Hat Hut Ezz-Thetics
Catalog ID: ezz-thetics 1003
Squidco Product Code: 27401

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at SRF Studio Zurich, in Brunnenhof, Switzerland, on June 16th and 17th, 2018, by Hannes Kumke.


Alex Hendriksen-tenor saxophone

Fabian Gisler-double bass

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"Swiss saxophonist Alex Hendriksen grew up in Schönenbuch, the son of Australian & Dutch parentage. After high school he auditioned in Paris and was accepted to Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he formed the basis for his jazz career. Now living in Basel, Switzerland, performing primarily jazz music, but also is involved with pop and rock projects, including accompanying Udo Jürgens on tour, as well touring with the Swiss soul musician Seven in 2017.

He is known for the groups Chasper Wanner Quartet, Grand Mother's Funck, H2S2, Orchester Pepe Lienhard, and Swiss Jazz Orchestra."

-Squidco 7/17/2019

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"Fabian Gisler (born August 18, 1977 in Zurich ) is a Swiss jazz musician (double bass, composition).

Gisler began his musical career with the violin and then switched to the double bass. He studied at the professional department of the Bern Swiss Jazz School with Peter Frei, Reggie Johnson, Bert Joris, Rufus Reid and Andy Scherrer. He also completed Masterclass workshops with Ray Brown, George Gruntz, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano and George Mraz. Between 2000 and 2002 he was a member of the Klezmer band Kol Simcha, which toured Europe and America.

Gisler plays regularly with his own quartet and in numerous other formations, such as Jürg Wickihalder and Robert Lakatos. Since 2004 he belongs to the Trio Rusconi, for which he also composed. He has performed with Franco Ambrosetti, Gianni Basso, Bill Carrothers, Philip Catherine, Don Friedman, Dusko Goykovich, Tony Lakatos, Dado Moroni, Dick Oatt, Dré Pallemaerts, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Gary Smulyan, Matthieu Michel, Makaya Ntshoko, Andy Scherrer, Roman Schwaller, Co Streiff, Nat Su, Kenny Werner and Nils Wogram.

Gisler won the new jazz generation contest in Bern in 1998. Also in the same year he received the advancement award of the generations international jazztreffen frauenfeld."

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track listing:

1. Bloodcount 3:41

2. You Must Believe In Spring 5:42

3. We See 2:35

4. UMMG 4:30

5. Love Letters 3:33

6. Chelsea Bridge 4:57

7. Lulu Is Back In Town :20

8. Stella By Starlight 2:08

9. Ask Me Now 4:12

10. My Little Brown Book 4:12

11. My Ideal 3:36
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"Both players cite the art form of storytelling as central to their music, although they're also careful to clarify that no specific earlier duo served as a direct role model. "Getting the story across is a big one for me personally," notes Hendriksen, "we look for song material that speaks to us and makes us want to tell our stories. And Strayhorn just has so many beautiful stories that I can relate to in many a way." That professed admiration for Ellington's esteemed colleague isn't simple lip service as the duo's chosen songbook taps the prolific ducal composer four separate times. Thelonious Monk gets a nod twice and the remainder of the studio set fills out with dependable selections from the Great American Songbook by once-popular tunesmiths Victor Young, Harry Warren, Richard Whiting and Michel Legrand."-Derek Taylor

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