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Niggli, Lucas Zoom / Arte Quartet: Crash Cruise (Intakt)

Percussionist Niggli's group Zoom meets Arte Quartett for a set of Niggli compositions.

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product information:

UPC: 7640120191306

Label: Intakt
Catalog ID: INT130
Squidco Product Code: 8743

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2007
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded December 2006 at Radio DRA Zurich by Andy Neresheimer.


Nils Wogram-trombone, melodica, voice

Philipp Schaufelberger-guitar

Lucas Niggli-drums, percussion

Beat Hofstetter-soprano, tenor sax

Sascha Armbruster-alto, soprano, tenor sax

Andread Formenti-tenor, soprano sax

Beat Kappeler-baritone, soprano sax

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track listing:

1. Saft 11:16

2. Collision Coalition 14:05

3. Moonkey

4. Shibusa's

5. Tornica

6. Lift

7. Fart Ins Blaue

8. Reflex 9:05

9. One for Evan 3:35

10. Stau 7:04

11. Basa Buzz 7:04

12. Crash Cruise 7:45

13. Luft 2:52
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"Lucas Niggli is known for his ability to pair compositions, improvisations and different styles with his own musical ideas - and so creating complex and multifaceted music, but always keeping within his own recognisable style. The repertoire of ARTE Quartett, a formation which was founded in 1995, reaches from Arvo Pärt, Phil Glass and Steve Reich to Fred Frith and Pierre Favre. The quartet consists of four classically trained saxophone players: Beat Hofstetter, Sascha Armbruster, Andrea Formenti and Beat Kappeler. Their commitment lies with 'Neue Musik' and boundary-breaking stylistic cooperations and they mainly perform compositions, which were specially designed and arranged for Arte Quartett. And now they are working with Lucas Niggli and his trio. "The sound of it moves me," writes Tim Berne in the Liner notes of the CD Crash Cruise."-Intakt

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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