Three generations of top Swiss jazz musicians from three different part of the country, Daniel Humair, Samuel Blaser, and Heiri Känzig, form a new trio which promises to stimulate the interest of both amateurs and curious people. The title of the album, 1291, is a wink to the Federal Charter, one of the earliest constitutional documents of Switzerland that eventually became the founding document of Switzerland.
Daniel Humair sculpts the tempo on drums just as he paints his paintings. Inventive and attentive to the interaction between his companions, he produces a game where finesse and energy alternate. Samuel Blaser, who is first and foremost a melodist, is an important, relatively new voice on his instrument who boasts gifts as a mature but curious bandleader and composer.
Heiri Känzig is better known on the international jazz scene than by the Swiss public. Though this double bass player has never sought out the attention of the broad masses, his humble attitude and musical talent are extremely convincing.
Blaser’s robust tone and wide-swinging improvisation is framed by the organic tumult of Känzig and Humair's interlocking rhythm. Between breath, strings and sticks, slides, wood and skins, an alchemy is born which, through inspiration and creativity transforms the sound into moments of pure poetry.