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Bucher, Christian / Rick Countryman: The Force Of Gravity (FMR)

Documenting the continued growth and evolution of the longer than a decade collaboration between American alto saxophonist living in the Philippines Ricky Countryman and Swiss drummer Christian Bucher, performing in the Strawberry Jams studio in Quezon City for thirteen succinct improvisations titled with stellar analogies, from pensive music to excitingly dynamic interplay.
 

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Christian Bucher-drums

Rick Countryman-alto saxophone


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Label: FMR
Catalog ID: FMR 650
Squidco Product Code: 32963

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: UK
Packaging: Digipack - 3 panel
Recorded at Strawberry Jams in Quezon City, Philippines, on July 26th and 27th, 2022, by Mark Estandarte

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Swiss Avant-Garde drummer, Christian Bucher, and American-Expat alto saxophonist from the Philippines, Rick Countryman have performed and recorded together for over a decade. Their duo release Estuary received the Gold Dolphy 2018 award and described by Squidco.com as "a great example of the far reach of free jazz."

"Rick currently has over 20 albums, on 5 labels across Europe, Asia, and the US, including multiple albums with Japanese legendary drummer, Sabu Toyozumi. He studied jazz improvisation, intervallic cycles and concepts, and extended techniques with Bert Wilson; and is heavily influenced by Eric Dolphy, Sonny Simmons and the 60s Free Jazz movement. "Countryman excels by the quality of his timbre, the vivacity of his lines, his innate ability to surf the time and draw all the juice out of his modal vein thanks to his sonority. Genuine; it is lived... an original voice on the alto sax"-Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg.

"Swiss drummer Christian Bucher stands out with his completely original playing in permanent acceleration - deceleration. He relentlessly cuts through floating times, with repeated and carried away accents forcing or releasing the pressure... A disturbing simultaneity makes different pulsations coexist and evolve in the same flow" - Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg. Christian has had extensive CDs, radio and TV recordings, and International festival and concert tours. He studied at the University of Bern, the Academy of Contemporary Music in Zurich, and with Pierre Favre, Willy Kotoun, Marcel Bernasconi and Andreas Hermann at the Lucerne Music College.The Force of Gravity documents the continued growth and evolution of this duo, employing contemporary Avant Garde textures and Free Improv concepts while referencing Free Jazz harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic elements."


Artist Biographies

"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."

-Wikipedia (translated by Google) (https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Bucher)
5/28/2024

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

After years attracting little attention as a baritone saxophone player, including an extended sabbatical, Rick made a late-life change to alto sax, at the urging of bassist, Simon Tan. His first recorded session with Simon and Christian Bucher, avant garde drummer from Switzerland, attracted the attention of French label "Improvising Beings" and was released as "Acceptance - Resistance". The recordings received many positive reviews, both in the United States and Europe.

Rick currently now has 9 releases on 4 labels across Europe, Asia, and the United States, including multiple CDs with Japanese improvisational drummer, Sabu Toyozumi, who has made several trips to Manila to perform and record. The music continues to receive positive reviews and airplay. Two recordings were listed in "Gold Dolphy 2018".

Since 2011, Rick has been an active member of the Manila jazz scene. He leads and performs in ensembles on baritone saxophone, alto saxophone, alto flute and bass flute; performing original compositions, as well as free jazz/improvisation, in his own jazz quartets and trios. His style is heavily influenced by Eric Dolphy, Sonny Simmons and the 60s Free Jazz movement. He was a student of Bert Wilson, and considers Michael Bisio and Rick Mandyck early mentors."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rick_Countryman)
5/28/2024

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Track Listing:



1. The Distance Between 4:45

2. The Force Of Nature 3:15

3. Poems I Knew 4:19

4. The Force Of Gravity 2:33

5. The Nature Of Force 2:47

6. Lunar Ship 2:28

7. Solar Flares 2:38

8. Mods For Julien 1:57

9. On The Way To There 3:47

10. Ageless Truths 2:39

11. Where Children Hide 1:53

12. Lunar Regions II 3:03

13. Somewhere Within, Somewhere 2:25

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Jazz
Free Improvisation
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
Duo Recordings
Saxophone & Drummer / Percussionist Duos
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