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During more than a decade of collaborating in different exiting jazz projects Daniel Schläppi (b, comp) developed from a reliable sideman and creative soloist to a singular band leader who perfectly understands to just assemble those people who know how to adequately translate his musical ideas.
Schläppi made a groundbreaking start in 2002 with the quartet «voices» which only plays originals and stars some of the most promising newcomers in the Swiss jazz scene. For his new project «dimensions» he again was able to win two extraordinary musicians in Jürg Bucher (ts) and Colin Vallon (p). The astounding pianist Colin Vallon reveals at only 22 years a masterful technique, an already amazing artistic maturity and a wealth of musical ability of expressing himself. Jürg Bucher is the outstanding aesthete among Swiss saxophonists concerning his culture of sound and his improvisational logic.
Schläppi functions as the metric and harmonical brace and links his two individualistic fellow musicians to an organic whole with his well placed and deep bass lines. While Bucher and Vallon take off for their soloist high-altitude flights Schläppi provides for the necessary adhesion as the stabilizing influence. On this solid foundation «dimensions» creates improvisational arches of a rare span with an unfailing feeling for agogic dynamic intensifications and with an alomost instinctive interplay. Even without drums the band never falters. On the contrary, «dimensions» lives on unconditional «groove» even in their tonal materiality. The trio creates an absolutely breathtaking swing with their uncomparably throbbing drive whether they play ultra fast, extremely balladlike or in odd metres.
Thanks to brilliant craft, concise communication and a sphere-like airiness which can’t be found too often in jazz «dimensions» manage to do without narcissistic amorousness of technique and artificial complexity. Bucher, Schläppi and Vallon on the contrary convince with a rare balance of melodiousness and risk. The trio thus revives old standards and defines its own approach to jazz tradition. The fresh and tasteful band advances unerringly to artistic essence and explores the utmost capillaries of the musical fluid with a sleepwalking security. When «dimensions» transcends known songs into a higher state, the band all the same sounds as stringently as if it interprets coherently composed music. The repertoire consists of seldomly heard but all the same catching classics and covers a field defined by Ornette Coleman and Bill Evans as exponents of most different jazz styles.