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Hassler, Hans: Hassler (Intakt)

Swiss accordionist Hans Hassler in his 2nd Intakt release, incorporating Swiss folk music, jazz, film music, free improvisation and classical interpretation in a band with Gebhard Ullmann on bass, Jurgen Kupke on clarinet, and Beat Follmi on percussion.

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UPC: 760120192129

Label: Intakt
Catalog ID: INT212
Squidco Product Code: 18628

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded on July 4th, 5th and 6th, 2011 and in November 2011 by Willy Strehler at Studio Klangdach in Guntershausen, Switzerland.


Hans Hassler-accordian

Gebhard Ullmann-bass clarinet

Jurgen Kupke-clarinet

Beat Follmi-percussion

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"Hans Hassler was born in Switzerland in 1945. He studied accordion with Mogens Ellegaard in Copenhagen, and later learned to play clarinet, piano, and guitar. Hassler has performed musical styles ranging from opera to Dixieland. He used to perform in Zurcher Kammerorchester, and also recorded with the avant-jazz group Habarigani and -- most notably -- Mathias Ruegg's Vienna Art Orchestra and Swiss Art Orchestra. Hassler played in Ivano Torre Quintetto, Beat Follmi, and with Gebhard Ullmann during the mid- to late '90s."-Joslyn Layne

-All Music 6/9/2021

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"Born on November 2, 1957 in Bad Godesberg, Germany saxophonist (tenor and soprano), bass clarinetist, bass flutist and composer Gebhard Ullmann studied medecine and music in Hamburg and moved to Berlin in 1983.Since then he has recorded more than 50 CDs as a leader or co-leader for prestigious labels such as Soul Note (Italy), Leo Records (UK), Between The Lines (Germany), CIMP (USA), NotTwo Records (Poland), Clean Feed (Portugal) Unit Records (Switzerland) and others.

For many years he is considered one of the leading personalities in both the Berlin and international music scenes and has received numerous awards for his work including the Julius Hemphill Composition Award in two categories ('99), the Deutsche Phonoakademie award ('83), one of the first SWF Jazz Awards ('87) and the nomination best-jazz-CD-of-the-year by the German Schallplattenkritik for his CD Tá Lam in 1995.

His CDs Final Answer (2002) The Bigband Project (2004) New Basement Research (2008) News? No News! (2010) Mingus! (2011) Clarinet Trio 4 (2012) were all listed in Downbeat Magazine among the best CDs of those years. The CD Transatlantic received the prestigious Choc of the French Jazz Magazine in 2012. Since 2005 Gebhard Ullmann is listed in the Downbeat Critics Poll, 2015 for the first time in three categories.

Since 1993 Ullmann was a recording artist for Soul Note and has been living in New York City and Berlin. He has toured with his music throughout Europe as well as Africa, the Middle East, Canada, New Zealand, the USA, South East Asia, Mexico and China and performed on most of the world's most prestigious jazz festivals."

-Gebhard Ullmann Website (

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track listing:

1. Paul, Where Are You And Why Not? 3:26

2. Der Vergessene Stier Von Thusis 6:42

3. Bundner-Stubli-Destillat 1 1:06

4. Berliner Scarnuzzli 2:21

5. Ampf Lumas Unn Tig 3:45

6. Ach, Hier Bist Du 1:47

7. Das Lange Warten Auf Godots Waschkuchenschlussel 3:13

8. Nervos Vor Dem Tumbler 7:27

9. Pfluma-Sunntig-Nachlese 3:01

10. Kein Schnee 5:58

11. Gruss An Tschiertschen 1:42

12. Trio A Trois 2:12

13. Bundner-Stubli-Destillat 2 2:26

14. Hommage An Paul Kolleggers Brantenweinrauschwalzer 8:17

15.Bundner-Stubli-Destillat 3 7:20

16. Fallobst 2:43
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"Hans Hassler, born 1945 in Graubünden, East Switzerland, is the true Swiss king of accordion. For over 30 years he has developed a style which incorporates Swiss folk music, jazz, film music, free improvisation and classical interpretation. Hans Hassler inspires the listener with his playful virtuosity, a good sense of humour and a musical imagination without borders.

This is his second album for Intakt. For serveral years Hassler has worked on this tribute to some of the giants of Swiss folk music: Paul Kollegger, Luzi Brüesch, Kasi Geiser and Hans Fischer, who playeda special type of swiss melodeon the so-called 'Schwyzerörgeli'. Hans Hassler celebrates his idols by taking their music and playing it in a new way.

On the album you can hear Hassler with various musicians. He has played with some of them for many years: Saxophonist and bass clarinetist Gebhard Ullmann (a renowned German jazz musician), clarinet player Jürgen Kupke and percussionist Beat Föllmi."-Intakt

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