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Who Trio (Wintsch / Hemingway / Oester): Strell [VINYL] (Clean Feed)

The collective Who Trio of pianist Michel Wintsch, bassist Bänz Oester and drummer Gerry Hemingway take on the music of Billy Strayhorn & Duke Ellington in eight studio recordings and one live performance, interpreting in a collective fashion rather than straight readings of each work, allowing a unique level of freedom to be applied to these essential jazz compositions.
 

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Michel Wintsch-piano

Gerry Hemingway-drums, voice

Banz Oester-bass


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UPC: 5609063105537

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF553LP
Squidco Product Code: 31199

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold w/booklet
Recorded at Studio du Flon, in Lausanne, Switzerland, on May 11th and 12th, 2019, by Benoit Corboz; track 9 recorded live at Chorus, in Lausanne, Switzerland, on May 25th, 2018.

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"The collective Who Trio commemorated 20 years of existence in 2018, by starting the project "Strell", which only now has been committed to record. This was the time considered necessary for their members to achieve the maturity of a collective language necessary to embrace the ambicious enterprise of interpreting the music of Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington in a (re)creative way.

The goal was to infuse this rich musical heritage with today's musical language, exploring the compositions of both historical figures like a mighty wave that allows the trio to surf to new horizons. In this new reading, we find the centrality of the blues, so essential to these two composers, combined with the open spirit of improvisation in the best way we could hope for.

Contemporary jazz with deep roots in the Strayhorn/Ellington legacy, played by one of the most inspiring musical chemistries of our time, the remarkable collective interplay of Wintsch, Hemingway & Oester, the WHO trio."-Clean Feed Records


Artist Biographies

"Pianist and composer Michel Wintsch's unflagging inspiration springs from a rich and varied musical background. Linking jazz tradition with the raw power of "progressive" rock, freewheeling improvisation with the rigors of orchestral composition, virtuoso playing with digital editing and mixing techniques, he takes an approach that is both syncretic and poetic. A way of composing that leaves plenty of creative space to fellow musicians, yet establishes a style that is his alone. He has been touring regularly with the WHO trio, among others, for the past 10 years on a worldwide scale. He has published many records and played with many musicians (Fred Frith, Han Bennink, Michel Doneda etc). He has worked as a composer for cinema (Alain Tanner), theatre and ballet as well as many other musical projects."

-Michel Wintsch Website (https://www.michelwintsch.com/page.php?p=bio)
4/10/2024

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"Gerry Hemingway has led a number of quartet and quintets since the mid 1980's. In addition he has been a member of a wide array of long standing collaborative groups including Brew with Reggie Workman and Miya Masaoka, the GRH trio with Georg Graewe and Ernst Reijseger, the WHO trio with Michel Wintsch and Bänz Oester, as well as numerous duo projects with Thomas Lehn, John Butcher, Ellery Eskelin, Marilyn Crispell, and others. Mr. Hemingway is a Guggenheim fellow and has received numerous commissions for chamber and orchestral works as well as being noted for his innovative and multifaceted work as a solo performer which began in 1974. He was a member of the Anthony Braxton Quartet between 1983 and 1994 and is also well known for his collaborations with some of the world's most outstanding improvisers and composers including Evan Parker, Cecil Taylor, Mark Dresser, Anthony Davis, Derek Bailey, Leo Smith and many others. He currently lives in Switzerland having joined the faculty of the Hochschule Luzern in 2009."

-Gerry Hemingway Website (http://www.gerryhemingway.com)
4/10/2024

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"Bänz Oester has worked with the likes of many great jazz musicians, such as Dewey Redman, Joe Lovano, Michael Brecker, Ray Anderson, Ellery Eskelin and Chris Potter. His bass foundations and musicality has formed the backbone of multiple collaborations. Over the past 30 years he has been one of the most sought-after bassists. Currently he is performing with his quartet, The Rainmakers, in the WHO Trio with Michel Wintsch and Gerry Hemingway, in the Donat Fisch Quartett, in the trio with Hans Feigenwinter and Norbert Pfammatter and in one more trio with Alvin Schwaar and Noé Franklé. Bänz Oester is also recognized as an exceptional soloist. He knows his instrument down to the pores and continuosly explores it anew with plucking, stroking and percussive playing techniques. In his hands the bass becomes a body of sound that exceeds stylistic boundaries. He creates an architecture of music that is pure melody, emotion and groove, swinging, dancing and relishing/revelling into the warm sound that is the trademark of Bänz Oester."

-Banz Oester Website (https://www.baenzoester.com/about/)
4/10/2024

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Track Listing:



1. The Mooche 7:23

2. Fleurette Africaine 3:53

3. In A Sentimental Mood 5:41

4. Black And Tan Fantasy 3:14

5. Take The A Train 5:59

6. In A Mellow Tone 6:03

7. Passion Flower 6:22

8. Angelica 4:25

9. A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing 4:29

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