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Meier, Tommy Root Down: The Master And The Rain (Intakt)

Reedist and composer Tommy Meier's Root Down is a passionate tribal-percussive heavy band from Switzerland with a large set of players including pianist Irene Schweizer; irresistible new jazz!

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UPC: 7640120191818

Label: Intakt
Catalog ID: INT181
Squidco Product Code: 13362

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2010
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded on December 6th and 7th, 2009, "Camel Dance" on March 12, 2007 at Jazzclub Moods, Zurich by Willy Strehler. "The Rain Part II" recorded on August 30th, 2008 at Jazzfestival, Willisau by Martin Pearson.


Tommy Meier-tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, compositions

Russ Johnson-trumpet

Marco von Orelli-trumpet

Co Streiff-alto and soprano saxophones

Peter Landis-tenor and baritone saxophones

Hans-Peter Pfammatter-trombone

Mihael Flury-trumbone

Irene Schweizer-piano

Hands-Peter Pfammatter-key bass

Luca Sisera-bass

Flo Goette-electric bass

Fredi Flukiger-drums, rain percussion

Chris Jager-percussion

Trixa Arnold-turntables

Stephan Thelen-guitar

Jan Schlegel-electric bass

Herbert Kramis-bass

Marco Kappeli-drums

Peter Scharli-trumpet on "The Rain Part II" and "Camel Dance"

Andi Marti-trumbone on "The Rain Part II"

Jurg Wickihalder-soprano saxophone

Chris Wiesendanger-keys on "Camel Dance"

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track listing:

1. Ogoni 6:51

2. The Forbidden Land 2:49

3. No Agreement 9:18

4. Camel Dance 4:00

5. The Veil 1:47

6. The Root 4:29

7. Across the Sands 2:48

8. The Bride 6:33

9. The Rain Part II 5:49

10. Jackals, Children, Everything 4:15

11. Invocation 2:55

12. Colonial Mentality 8:38

13. The Master 9:55
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"Tribal Drums, melodic bass pulse, dark swinging brass phrases and a short wild solo from Irene Schweizer: The opening of the new CD The Master and the Rain could hardly be more moving. It immediately comes back to you, that special taste of this music which had such an infectious effect already on the debut album by Tommy Meier Root Down. A taste of Africa and Jazz which grew out of grappling with a passion. In the black heart of a white Swiss. [...]"-Pirmin Bossart, from the liner notes

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"Marco von Orelli was born and raised in Basel, Switzerland. He completed his musical studies at the University of Music and Theatre Winterthur Zürich (HMT) and the University of Music Basel, where he majored in trumpet and improvisation. Additional study programmes: Jazz, New Music (Neue Musik) and free improvised music. Furthermore he took study trips to Den Haag (NL) in 1997 and two years later to Vienna (A). Since 1997 Marco von Orelli occupies himself with composition. He has given Solo concerts (e.g. for the 20-year anniversary of the cultural magazine "Programmzeitung", for the "Global Landmarks Illumination Initiative" in Bern or for Basel's celebrations for being a part of Switzerland for 500 years in 2001).

Marco von Orelli has enjoyed success on stage with the street scene musical by Kurt Weill under the direction of André Bellmont, Werner Düggelin and Heinz Spoerli, as well as with acts such as the George Gruntz Workshop Big Band or with various orchestras like the basel sinfonietta, the Swiss Improvisers Orchestra, TOMMY MEIER - ROOT DOWN, musique brute or Marco von Orelli 5. He is playing in different styles and has been seen giving concerts at such established events as the Jazzfestival Willisau (CH), Jazz à Mulhouse - météo (F) or music unlimited 22 in Wels (A). In 2002 Marco von Orelli toured with the swiss Circus Monti (Music composed by Ben Jeger) and from January 2003 right to the end of 2004 he acted as live musician for the Theatre Puravida in Basel. Marco von Orelli is also known for his collaborations with artists like Flavia Ghisalberti (Butoh-Dancer), Sheldon Suter, Daniel Ott, Jan Schlegel, Christoph Baumann, Co Streiff, Frances Marie Uitti, Johan van Kreij, Béatrice Götz (miR Company), Peter Schärli, Tommy Meier, Omri Ziegele, Michel Wintsch, Christian Weber, Irène Schweizer, Paul Hubweber, Luìs Lopes, Marc Unternährer, Isa Wiss, Luca Sisera, Travassos, Carles Peris, Alex Huber, Frantz Loriot and many more!"

-Marco von Orelli Website (

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"Irène Schweizer (born 2 June 1941) is a Swiss jazz and free improvising pianist. She was born in Schaffhausen, in 1941. She has performed and recorded numerous solo piano performances as well as performing as part of the Feminist Improvising Group, whose members include Lindsay Cooper, Maggie Nichols, Georgie Born and Sally Potter. She has also performed a series of duets with drummers Pierre Favre, Louis Moholo, Andrew Cyrille, Günter Sommer, Han Bennink, Hamid Drake, as well as in trio and quartet sessions with others, including John Tchicai, Evan Parker and Peter Kowald. With Yusef Lateef, Uli Trepte and Mani Neumeier she performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1967. One of her most enduring collaborations is with the improvising musician Rüdiger Carl (de)."

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