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Niggli, Lucas / Big Zoom: Celebrate Diversity (Intakt)


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Label: Intakt
Catalog ID: INT118
Squidco Product Code: 7130

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2006
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded November 2005 at Studio Val d'Orge by Jean Taxi.


Nils Wogram-trombone, melodica

Claudio Puntin-clarinets

Philipp Schaufelberger-guitar

Peter Herbert-doublebass

Lucas Niggli-drums, percussion

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track listing:

1. Celebrate Divesity 12:33

2. Pidgin 7:46

3. Schluss 5:03

4. Bridges from Good Times 11:13

5. Screen Sleep 5:59

6. Grosse Sprünge 4:51

7. Fly & Foggy 4:51

8. Dance for Hermeto 6:32

9. Parallel Universum 4:32

10. Deux Lezards 2:00
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

The music on this album, their second, relates more to the subtle and sophisticated branch of jazz than to the extroverted, loud and expressive tradition. Muted, gloomy sounds, the superimposition of compositional elements, complex rhythms, and well-dosed episodes of improvisation set the pace. Big Zoom plays jazz as chamber music. The occasional spurts and eruptions of energy, and the wild dynamics are in no way inconsistent with this, but are in fact part of the dramaturgy, acting as a contrasting medium for the musicians. They are often a short-lived opportunity to further elaborate the mood changes and atmosphere before they revert to a more restrained way of playing. The band recorded its debut album, Big Ball (Intakt CD 083), live at the Jazz Festival Willisau in 2002, giving it a robust and extroverted atmosphere. The studio situation on this album, by contrast, reveals other qualities of ensemble playing. In the seclusion of the studio, deeper zones of sensibility and sensitivity are explored. Extensive touring has enabled the band to develop an almost intuitive understanding."-Christoph Wagner, Liner Notes

Artist Biographies:

"Nils Wogram (born 1972 in Braunschweig, Germany) started playing the trombone at the age of 15. He started classical and jazz trombone simultaneously. He was a member in the national german youth big band, paricipated in classical competitions and formed his own bands at the age of 16. From 1992 to 1994 he studied in New York City and continiued at Cologne university until 1999 when he graduated. Since then Nils has relased 23 albums as a bandleader.

Nils Wogram counts as one of the most important jazz musicians in europe. He appears on many important festivals and tours worldwide with his own bands and as a featured soloist. He is mainly known for his highly virtuous trombone playing, his very original compositions and as a band leader of long-term working bands with a unique ensemble sound. In 2010 he started his own record label nwog-records on which he releases his albums. Nils Wogram`s bands play exclusively his own music and other ensembles commission pieces by him.

Nils Wogram`s music is highly rooted in the jazz tradition. Nevertheless he tries to find new ways in expanding this language by using chordal, formal, meldodic and rhythmic material originally coming from other musical genres than jazz. Nils is a big fan of real bands with a unique ensemble sound. Most of his ensembles exist since a long time (e.g. Root 70 since the year 2000). He believes that the best music in history was played by working bands."

-Nils Wogram Website (

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