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VA - Zurich Jazz Festival 1970 (1970/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz
VA - Zurich Jazz Festival 1970 (1970/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: Various
Title: Zürich Jazz Festival 1970 (The Authentic Live Recording)
Genre: Jazz
Label: © MPS - Musik Produktion Schwarzwald | Edel Germany GmbH
Release Date: 1970/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 01:22:47
Recorded by Aki Kienzler at Zürich Jazz Festival

There was something special about this Swiss festival: it highlighted amateurs, in this case those who honor jazz in the word’s Latin sense (amator) – they played for the love of the music. The three winners of the Festival’s 1970 competition are up first. The British modern swing band Harry Burgess and Bones Galore open with a brassy, rousing rendition of Cole Porter’s Love for Sale. Centered in Geneva, the Oliver Berney-Eric Gigante Quintet flow through their original minor blues Mood and Beat, and The Step With Soul Jazz Group’s Blues For J features a hip organ-guitar-drum trio that could upstage most professional trios. The next four tracks present festival alumni. The Dixie Jazz Group plays a swinging updated version of the piece Satchmo’s Hot Five made famous, Big Butter and Egg Man. Geneva pianist Henri Chaix was hailed for his Harlem stride and the swing era band style of Ellington’s smaller groups. His quintet does justice to the evergreen Sunday. One of the most popular Swiss bands at that time, the Metronome Quintet represented Switzerland at the 1970 Expo in Osaka. Based on several folk songs, their Japan Suite beautifully blends Japanese and jazz traditions. The New Rhythm Kings is a Kuhn family affair with 13-year-old drum prodigy Dennis showcased on Crazy Drums. The pros take over on the next 5 pieces. 1970 was a breakout year for the phenomenal Hungarian bass virtuoso Aladar Pege. His band won the European band contest at that year’s Montreux Jazz Festival and made an important recording at the Radio Festival in Budapest (on MPS’s From Europe With Jazz). They play brilliantly pianist on Bela Lakatos’ up-tempo musical labyrinth, Lampe. The popular American vibraphonist Dave Pike’s Mambo Jack the Scoffer has a relaxed downhome country flair, while the distinctive Jamaican hard-bop trumpeter Dizzy Reece stars as soloist with the German-Swiss Radio Band on the aptly named Eleven Beat Blues and the funky Walk and Talk. The great Swiss pianist/composer George Grunz pushes the boundaries on his extended piece Bunauara by juxtaposing the disparate styles of saxophone giant Dexter Gordon, trumpeter Franco Ambrozetti, bass clarinetist Michel Portal, bassists Beb Guérin and Eberhard Weber, drummers Toney Oxley and Pierre Favre – a tour de force melding of musical eras and philosophies. Ditto for the two albums.

Gold Medal Winners
1. Harry Burgess & Bones Galore Love For Sale 2:30
2. Oliver Berney & Eric Gigante Quintet Mood And Beat 8:20
3. The Step Out With Soul Jazz Group Blues For J 4:00
Swiss Alumni Of The Festival
4. Raymond Droz Dixie Jazz Group Big Butter And Egg Man 5:40
5. Henry Chaix Quintet Sunday 4:55
6. Metronome Quintet Japan Suite 6:20
7. Dennis And The New Rhythm Kings Crazy Drums 2:50
Guests From Abroad
8. Aladar Pege Quartet Lampe 10:40
9. Dave Pike Set Mambo Jack The Scoffer 5:03
10. Dizzy Reece With The German-Swiss Radio Jazz Orchestra Eleven Beat Blues 2:50
11. Dizzy Reece With The German-Swiss Radio Jazz Orchestra Walk And Talk 4:05
International All-Stars
12. George Gruntz Dream Group Bunauara 23:35

Harry Burgess & Bones Galore
Oliver Berney & Eric Gigante Quintet
The Step Out With Soul Jazz Group
Raymond Droz Dixie Jazz Group
Henry Chaix Quintet
Metronome Quintet
Dennis And The New Rhythm Kings
Aladar Pege Quartet
Dave Pike
Dizzy Reece With The German-Swiss Radio Jazz Orchestra
George Gruntz Dream Group

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