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!
Catalog ID: INT181
Squidco Product Code: 13362
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
Marco von Orelli-trumpet
Co Streiff-alto and soprano saxophones
Peter Landis-tenor and baritone saxophones
Hands-Peter Pfammatter-key bass
Flo Goette-electric bass
Fredi Flukiger-drums, rain percussion
Jan Schlegel-electric bass
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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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
sample the album:
"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
At The Squid's Ear!