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SYLVIE COURVOISIER TRIO feat Drew Gress and Kenny Wollesen

April 2021

“Some pianists approach the instrument like it’s a cathedral – Sylvie Courvoisier sometimes treats it like a playground,” observes Kevin Whitehead aptly in the liner notes to D’Agala (Intakt), the latest album by the Sylvie Courvoisier Trio. “In two minutes, she covers more ground than some pianists get to in a set.” He goes on to compare the venturesome interaction of this trio with a pioneering jazz icon from the 1950s: “There is something Herbie Nichols-like about the Courvoisier-Gress-Wollesen trio’s feel: collective music-making as light-on-its-feet fun; a genuine trio music in which bass and drums are full partners with piano.” That striking cohesion and collective sense of play are what mark the Swiss pianist and her esteemed American rhythm mates as kindred spirits in the areas of color, groove and melody. The group’s European tour in April-May 2018 celebrates the January release of D’Agala. Courvoisier, who has been a fixture on the New York scene for nearly 20 years, released her first album with Gress and Wollesen in 2014, when Double Windsor (Tzadik) was named Album of the Year by both Slate and New York City Jazz Record, along with receiving the “CHOC” from Jazz Magazine and Jazzman in France. Beyond the trio, Courvoisier earned renown for balancing two distinct worlds – the richly detailed depth of her European chamber-music roots and the grooving, hook-laden sounds of the downtown New York jazz scene. Her long partnership with violinist Mark Feldman – acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic – has resulted in a seemingly telepathic duo, as well as a quartet. Courvoisier has worked with a who’s who in avant-jazz, including John Zorn, Wadada Leo Smith, Evan Parker, Ikue Mori, Ellery Eskelin, Susie Ibarra, Fred Frith and Mary Halvorson. — Bradley Bambarger

Latest album « D’AGALA » on Intakt got selected:
The Best of Jazz of 2018 in the The New York Times:
The Best Jazz od 2018 in the LA Times
BEST OF 2018 - ALBUM OF THE YEAR- in the The New York City Jazz Record

MORE PRESS: http://www.intaktrec.ch/rev300-a.htm#vv

VIDEOS:
IMPRINT DOUBLE : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRl_bYJ1wF8
Eclats for Ornette: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXueHXR4Y-A

Line Up

Sylvie Courvoisier, piano
Drew Gress, bass
Kenny Wollesen, drums

Downloads

trio pics (zip)

Tourdates

04.04.2021 travel to Europe
06.04.2021 CHUR/Switzerland w Julian Sartorius
07.04.2021 PARIS/France w Julian Sartorius
08.04.2021 AVIGNON/France w Julian Sartorius
09.04.2021 CENON (Bordeaux)/France w Julian Sartorius
10.04.2021 AMSTERDAM/Netherlands w Julian Sartorius
14.04.2021 OSLO/Norway
17.04.2021 RÜSSELSHEIM/Germany Theater Rüsselsheim -Hinterbühne
21.04.2021 WIEN/Austria Porgy & Bess Jazz & Music Club
25.04.2021 ST. GALLEN/Switzerland
26.04.2021 return home

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