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Bucher / Countryman: Estuary (Self Released)

A live concert in the Philippines from American expatriate saxophonist Rick Countryman and visiting Swiss drummer Christian Bucher, a classic free jazz drum and sax duo informed by creative playing and superb rhythmic interplay, balancing lyrical progressions with a wonderful stream of concepts, this is a great example of the far reach of free jazz.

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Label: Self Released
Catalog ID: None
Squidco Product Code: 25828

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: Philippines
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded live in the Philippines, on July 13th 2017, by Alvin Cornista.


Christian Bucher-drums

Rick Countryman-alto saxophone

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"Christian Bucher (* 1969 in Zug ) is a Swiss drummer in the field of jazz and improvisational music .

From 1990 to 1997, Bucher studied musicology , art history and literature at the University of Bern, and from 1992 to 1997 he studied music at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Zurich (jazz music with Kevin Austin, Tony Renold, Peter Preibisch, diploma). He also attended workshops with Paul Lovens and Billy Cobham and studied with Pierre Favre , Willy Kotoun, Marcel Bernasconi and Andreas Hermann at the Lucerne Music College .

He then continued his post-graduate studies in free improvisation with Walter Fähndrich, Peter K. Frey and Christoph Baumann at the Lucerne Music College (2002-2003). Bucher also worked as a drummer teacher at the music school Horw , Emmen and at the teachers' seminar St. Michael Zug from 2000 to 2005.

Guido Egli and he wrote the music for the two documentary films of Stefan Jäger "From the Ground I Were a Man to Life" and "Steps against the Wind", which was shown on television and at film festivals. Bucher was a co-founder of Jazztrios Nevertheless and a member of the group of 9 artists .

Bucher works as a soloist and plays in duo with BUG, ​​in the duo Bucher / Fehlmann, in the duo ZurBucher and in the band Portobello; He is still involved in projects related to other art genres. As drummer and percussionist he gave solo concerts, partly in connection with painting, sculpture, photography, video, installation, performance, architecture, literature, theater and dance.

He has played CDs and has recorded radio and TV recordings as well as festival performances, concert tours and performances, which take him to Australia, Bulgaria, China, Germany, France, Greece, India, Indonesia, Slovenia, Spain. South Africa, the USA or Turkey."

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"Rick Countryman (born January 31, 1957) is an American jazz saxophonist and flautist.

Rick was an active member of the underground "Gorilla Jazz" scene in Seattle during the late 70s and 80s, which included Michael Bisio, Rick Mandyck, Mikel Rollins, Lonnie Williams, Gregg Keplinger, and many others. During this time, he met and studied with Bert Wilson; and through Michael Bisio, was introduced to Barbara Donald and Sonny Simmons. He led, composed for and performed in standard quartets; as well as collaborating with Gregg Keplinger in a free duo, "The Thing Is", and with John Zoltek in free trio, "Thick and Thin." Rick resurfaced in 2011 as part of the Manila jazz scene.

Rick Countryman now resides in Quezon City, Philippines; leading and performing in ensembles on baritone sax, alto sax, alto flute and bass flute; performing original compositions in his own jazz quartets and trios. He also leads Indian fusion groups Blue Syahi and Puranas, collaborating with local alternative ensembles Biologic and Venus Flytrap, and as a sideman for world music group Humanfolk. He created and arranged a Peruvian Folk Fusion group Unity, which performed at 2015 APEC summit in Manila.

While in his early 20s, Rick studied traditional jazz improvisation, intervallic cycles and concepts, and extended techniques for sax with Bert Wilson; and recently studied extended techniques for flute with Robert Dick. After private lessons with ex-Berklee instructor Steven J. Solomon as a teenager and college bands under Fred Radke (former lead trumpet for Harry James), he began his musical pursuits and "live" education in the 70s in the Seattle area, participating nightly in jazz sessions in Pioneer Square which continued in private music houses till 6am.

In his late 30s, dissatisfied with his musical development, and his financial situation, Rick left the scene to pursue "regular work" and slowly shifted his attention to Hindustani music. Overtime, employment opportunities would take him to Tokyo, where he would be overwhelmed, once again, by jazz; frequenting clubs nightly. Inspired, he resumed his jazz studies, and eventually began to attend sessions and perform.

He currently continues his pursuit within the Manila scene, appearing regularly in local jazz festivals and jazz/improvisational venues. Rick began collaborations with bassist Simon Tan on original jazz concepts in Metro Manila in 2011, followed with collaborations with Switzerland's Christian Bucher in 2013, resulting in recording "Acceptance - Resistance" and "Signal Number Three." "

-Rick Countryman 11/7/2018

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track listing:

1. Dolphinity 9:36

2. Coconut 6:00

3. Inexplicit Groove 5:13

4. Broken 4:07

5. First Tributary 7:29

6. Mine Are Blues 5:45

7. Second Tributary 4:58

8. Bye Bye Butterfly 6:31

9. Neverland 4:43
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"Estuary is classic free jazz sax and drum duo recording, exploring shared concepts. Familiar sound and use of melodic shapes, but more open than the trio recordings."-Rick Countryman

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