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Bounderies Extended Lee's Dream
Art, Fahr Ma I'm Old Fashioned
Well Done Summertime Moon River

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On this album bandleader Joris Dudli presents himself as a Jazz singer for the first time. He has a very special approach and sound! About half of the tracks have vocals. Also one song (the great Summertime) with lady singer Carole Alston is presented. The backing band (with various line-ups) is always great, with lots of very creative moments.

Now talk about the instrumental songs: since this record is the perfect example of mix with a few vocal songs in a set of a challenging jazz concert (or album), because this was never intended to be a “singer's record.”
During the past several years, Joris had the pleasure of working with his former student Gregor Storf, who - after finishing his masters on drums - suddenly picked up the tenor saxophone (which he had played in his teens) and came out sounding great! Besides contributing his colorful song, “Lee’s Dream” (dedicated to Lee Morgan), he also wrote some really hip horn arrangements for “Art Far Ma” (dedicated of course to Joris' mentor Art Farmer) and “Prince Vince” (dedicated to one of today's greatest alto players, Dudli's longtime partner in crime, Vincent Herring). Gregor’s fine drumming can be heard on two tracks.
“Boundaries Expanded” was specially written for a concert during a Beethoven celebration; we thought it was fun to play and put it on the record.
With “Well Done!” Joris wants to express his thanks to the fantastic Mike LeDonne, who reassured every step of the way to be a singer, as well as those world’s leading jazz musicians: Vincent Herring, Eric Alexander, Joe Farnsworth, Peter Washington and Wallace Roney Jr., all of whom supported him throughout the first recording session at Trading 8s Recording Studio.
Vince, Greg and Wallace also did the second date at Bunker Studio, where joined three more top of the world players: Dave Kikoski, Peter Bernstein and Joris' longtime friend Essiet Essiet on bass. Thanks to all of them for their excellent playing and positive input! The title track “Boundaries Expanded” was specially written for a concert during a Beethoven celebration!

01)  BOUNDARIES EXPANDED Joris Dudli 3:50 | 02)  LEE’S DREAM Gregor Storf 6:36 | 03)  ART, FAHR MA? Joris Dudli 5:10 | 04)  I’M OLD FASHIONED Jerome Kern 4:41| 05)  PRINCE VINCE Joris Dudli 6:16
06)  SUMMERTIME George Gershwin 4:20 || 07)  WELL DONE Joris Dudli 5:01| 08)  HAVE YOU MET MISS JONES? Richard Rodgers 4:13 | 09)  MOON RIVER Henry Mancini 4:46 | 10)  I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TIME IT WAS Richard Rodgers 5:10 || 11)  DARN THAT DREAM Jimmy Van Heusen 5:48

Published in Joris Dudli
Sunday, 09 May 2021 14:41

What Now my Love?

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Pete´s Message  Nocturne Op. 9 
Brazilian Nature  The Edge
Here We Are What Now My Love?

In the Corona year 2020 this great project developed out of a spontaneous studio jamsession of four jazz personalities:
A strong Jazz Organ Quartet, of course with the legendary Wes Montgomery Quartet in the back of the head, with some of the best musicians of Vienna, Austria.
The Clubs were closed, so better meet in the studio of drummer Dusan Novakov (projects with Mark Murphy, Oliver Lake, George Cables, John Marshall, Dick Oatts, Don Menza, Kirk Lightsey, Michelle Hendricks, Toninio Horta, Dusko Gojkovic, Valery Ponomarev, Andi Bey, Bread Lealy, Karl Ratzer, Timna Brauer und Elias Meiri Ensemble, Fernando Correa, Fritz Pauer, Big Band Graz, Frank Lacy, Gregory Porter, Paul Zauner, and Andy Middleton) and record some tunes! 
On the soundgiving Hammond Organ: Erwin Schmidt (projects a.o. with Kevin Mahogany, Ray Charles, Christian Havel, Elly Wright, Ingrid Maria Wagner, Carole Alston, Heinz von Hermann, Joris Dudli, Hans Salomon. Joschi Schneeberger,  Walther Großrubatscher).
On the cool jazz guitar: Christian Havel (projects Dennis Irwin, Charles Fambrough, Tony Scherr, Paolo Cardoso, Peter Herbert, Paul Imm, Jack Walrath, Ralph Ericson, Valerie Ponomarev, Juraj Bartos, Ingrid Jensen, Lee Harper, Ed Thigpen, Mario Gonzi, Joris Dudli, Fritz Pauer, Jon Davis, John di Martino, Roberto di Gioia, Harry Sokal, Klaus Dickbauer, Andy Middelton, Thomas Kugi, Rudi Berger, Erwin Schmidt, Carole Alston, Toninho Horta, Nelson Faria)
On saxophone and flute: Bernhard Wiesinger (projects FREE TENORS feat. Harry Sokal , Miss Moravia, Joris Dudli, Christian Havel, Fritz Pauer, Lori Williams, John DiMartino, Danny Grissett, Klemens Marktl, Rob Bargad, Renato Chicco Jon Davis, Gina Schwarz,Kevin Hays, Scott Colley, Bill Stewart)

1. Pete´s Message (Bernhard Wiesinger) 2. Nocturne Op. 9, No. 2 (Frédéric Chopin) 3. Within A Word (Christian Havel) 4. Brazilian Nature (Christian Havel) 5. Here We Are (Bernhard Wiesinger)
6. Blue Rose (Duke Ellington) 7. The Edge (Erwin Schmidt) 8. Walkin´ In Monk´s Shoes (Bernhard Wiesinger) 9. What Now My Love?  Cover design by Rens Newland for GRFX

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Wednesday, 06 November 2019 11:13


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Lilibets Dance  Besinnung 
Elisabeth  Hochzeitswalzer
Winnetou und Old Shatterhand

Christian Havel and Erwin Schmidt are a sworn harmonic team since some decades already:
they understand and feel each other perfectly and are reaching an extremly high level in playing and phrasing together as well as complementing each other in sounds.
They choosed to dedicate these recordings to their wifes, and in general to the WOMEN of the world.
For this purpose each of them made some special compositions and they added some fitting originals plus two standards to complete this fine album.
Erwin Schmidt plays the grand piano as well as the Hammond Organ. Christian Havel plays his great Jazz guitar and does some lead singing, too.
Both did also some backvocals.

01. Lilibet`s Dance (C.Havel) 02. Hochzeitswalzer (E.Schmidt) 03. Senza Fine (Gino Paoli) 04. Elisabeth (C.Havel) 05. Bridges to Bridget (E.Schmidt) 06. Winnetou und Old Shatterhand (C.Havel/E.Schmidt) 07. Besinnung (C.Havel) 08 Liebeslied (E.Schmidt) 09. Norwegian Wood (Lennon/McCartney)

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Saturday, 19 November 2016 16:54


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Memento Beneath Lantern

Rumpus is the young and very inspired contemporary Jazz quintet around the great and sensible trumpet player Dominik Fuss, who is leader of and composer for the group.The band made several recording sessions over the last years and this album contents the best songs of these dates. The participating musicians (and friends) are: 
Dominik Fuss - trumpet, fluegelhorn, compositions. 
Patrick Dunst - reeds (all titles except Tr.4). 
Martin Gasser - reeds on Tr. 4. 
Marc Mezgolits - bass. 
Thomas Froschauer - drums, 
Max Tschida - piano on Tr 1,5,6,8,10, Stephan Plecher, piano on Tr. 2,3,4,7,9, 
Manuela Diem - vocals on Tr 3

01. Intrada 02. Lantern 03. Beneath 04. Memento 05. Modus Morbus (Bass Intro) 06. Modus Morbus 07. Accepting  08. The Rove 09. Baroqueish 10. At This Instant

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Published in Dominik Fuss
Monday, 19 September 2016 19:15

13.03 Thirteen "o" three

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Gentle Rain - Duo Certitude Sweetheart Boogle Woogle

Christian Havel is without doubt one of the leading Jazz guitarists of Europe. On this album he gathered four very strong collegues for his international quintet. The recording session also features the great voice and musical skills of Lori Williams. Your ears will be pleased by a very variant row of mainly original works by the band, peppered with some nice standards. Moods from balladesque over swinging to groovy.

01. Gentle Rain-DUO 02. Certitude 03. Sweetheart 04. Autumn Leaves 05. 13.03 06. Just For Fun 07. Gentle Rain 08. Leo trinkt Champagner 09. Boogle Woogle 10. Fellowship

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Published in Christian HAVEL
Wednesday, 30 December 2015 23:00

Spoken into Existence

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1.Seven Steps to Heaven 2.Free Man 3.India Blue 

5.Dance Of Light

For this CD he brought some of the finest musicians together that work and live in Europe: Antonio Faraò - Piano, Heiri Känzig - bass, Michael Baker - drums. These guys each are splendid on their instruments and well known with their groups and projects, together they are tight and sound as a unit with Mr. Freeman as the crown jewel on this royal swingin’ and groovin’ group! The repertoire is mainly original pieces of Chico’s and some of the other members of the quartet. The cd is completed with special versions of great and special standards like “Seven Steps to Heaven” and “Soft Pedal Blues”.

01. Seven Steps to Heaven 02. Free Man 03. India Blue 04. Black Inside 05. Dance Of Light 06. Nia’s Quest 07. N’tiana’s 08. Dream 09. Lara’s Lullaby 10. Erika’s Reverie 11. Soft Pedal Blues 12. Nyskayuna 13. The Crossing 14. Ballad for Hakima



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Published in Chico Freeman
Thursday, 30 January 1997 23:00

The Trio

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Thinking of Carl

The Trio of the great saxophonist featuring: Erwin Schmidt, Guido Jeszensky

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Published in Heinz von Hermann
Tuesday, 07 January 2014 23:00


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Passion Dance Erzherzog Johann Jodler Fellowship Červene Jablcko

freeTENORS takes you on a musical adventure with phenomenal musicians from three countries — Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia. Harry Sokal - the founder of the band - is one of Europe’s greatest saxophonists. Together with the two other awesome Tenorists Bernhard Wiesinger and Ondřej Štveráček, plus a high energy rhythm group - Tomáš Baroš on doublebass und Marián Ševčík on drums - they definately will catch your attention!!

01 Cervene Jablicko 02 Passion Dance 03 Erzherzog-Johann-Jodler 04 Fellowship 05 Dancin Island 06 Magic 07 Transition 08 What Am I Here For 09 All The Things 10 Kaleidoskop 11 Hit Hat

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Published in free TENORS
Monday, 07 January 2013 23:00

True Paradise

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One For Hidemasa True Paradise

Once again drummer Joris Dudli and alto saxophonist Vincent Herring have paired to co-lead a passionate album, backed by Jeremy Pelt on trumpet, Freddie Bryant on guitar, Jared Gold on organ and presenting vocals as a new colour for the group with the tastful voice of Sachal Vasandani.
The Soul Jazz Alliance revisits the tradition with elegance and play with heart on Dudli’s eight original compositions and Bryant’s “Lovers Line.” Norah Jones’ “Don’t Know Why” is the beautiful final.

01. One For Hidemasa 02. True Paradise 03. As Of Now 04. Here’s My Little Girl 05. So Far Behind 06. Lover’s Line 07. Someday To Be With You 08. Why Are You Lonely 09. Two Back - Three Forward 10. Don’t Know Why

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Tuesday, 17 September 2013 23:00

Pink Violin

blues for kate

He is the maverick under the jazz violin players, just records what he likes. So here he choices for a colourful mix of up-to-date jazz sounds. Especially featuring his plucking sound on the violin. The perfect band for this: fritz pauer - piano, paolo cardoso - bass, mario gonzi - drums

01. blues for kate 02. miri menschengi 03. traditionell (Szép a Rozsám) 04. buko‘s song 05. querkopf 06. tschirklo 07. beautiful love 08. merci 09. my one and only love

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