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District Five (Ruegg / Svosve / Huter / Amereller): Decoy (Intakt)

Lyrical and creative modern jazz from the young Swiss quartet of Xaver Ruegg on double bass, Tapiwa Svosve on alto saxophone, synths, & electronics, Vojko Huter on guitar, synths, & electronics, and Paul Amereller on drums, members of the Gamut Kollektiv and aiming to extend conventional acoustic improvisational forms with rich sonic additions and modern grooves.

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product information:

UPC: 7640120193089

Label: Intakt
Catalog ID: INT308
Squidco Product Code: 25692

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded at the Loft in cologne, Germany, on November 13th and 14, 2017, by Christian Heck.


Xaver Ruegg-double bass

Tapiwa Svosve-alto saxophone, synths, electronics

Vojko Huter-guitar, synths, electronics

Paul Amereller-drums

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Artist Biographies:

"Xaver Rüegg is Swiss musician, playing the bass and living in Zurich. Projects he's involved with include District Five, Gamut, Philipp Eden Trio, North of North Trio, L'anno della valanga, Silvan Schmid Trio, and his own solo work."

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"Tapiwa Svosve's (born 1995) interests move between improvisation, electroacoustic composition and contemporary music. From 2014 to 2017 he studied at the Zurich University of the Arts. Explorations of abstract sounds, the relations between sound and space and/or time are topics he's always trying to address in his various projects. Furthermore he is also active as an organiser, f.e. the Gamut Kollektiv and the Taktlos Festival."

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"Vojko Huter is a musician, guitarist, composer, producer, mixing + mastering engineer based in Zurich.

Vojko Huter grew up in a family of musicians. From 2012-2017 he studied jazz guitar at the University of Arts in Zürich with Dave Gisler, Michael Bucher, Chris Wiesendanger and took lessons with Christoph Irniger, Gilad Hekselman, Lage Lund and Peter Bernstein. He graduated with Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from the ZHdK Department of Music with honours.

As a producer and mixing and mastering engineer he works together with JPTR, ​​Gamut Festival, Eclecta, Jonas Ruther, etc.

He is a member of the Gamut Kollektiv and the Boyoom Connective.With the District Five Quartet, he wins the ZKB Jazz Prize in 2017."

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Swiss drummer Paul Amereller is a member of Blauson and District Five.

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track listing:

1. Berlin 7:02

2. Crypto Clone 9:47

3. Reminiscence 5:48

4. Maths 4:58

5. Decoy 6:00

6. Recall 9:03
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"All in their twenties, these four young men are currently at the top tip of the Swiss jazz scene. District Five has taken time off after their debut album, the antithesis of short-term project culture. Now, with Decoy, they do justice to the album's title, throwing us a seductive bait. The aim behind the album is to transcend conventional jazz and offer a statement; it was to sound different from the experience of District Five live, using the possibilities of studio recording to mine the wealth of electronic-based sounds the quartet hears around them. Whether flowing calmly along or sweeping weightlessly through the expanses of ambient soundscapes, whether the concentrated energy of free improvisation shatters the song structure or eruptive clusters of sound and hard-edged grooves emphasize the physical aspects of the music, in the club-friendly anthem 'Maths', the multi-layered sound art of District Five is compellingly direct and builds up a hypnotic momentum."-Intakt

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Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
European Improvisation and Experimental Forms
Quartet Recordings
Melodic and Lyrical Jazz
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