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Organ-X Plus (feat. Elmar Frey & Roberto Bossard)

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  Organ-X Plus

Elmar Frey: drums
Roberto Bossard: guitar
Marcel Thomi: Hammond B3
Roland von Flüe: Tenor Sax, Clarinet
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Code: AS257
ORGAN-X-PLUS is actually the ORGAN-X trio with the addition of the tenor sax player Roland von Flüe.

This CD reveals the two characters of the group, which is at ease as a trio and as a quartet alike. Roland von Flüe, thanks to the natural voice of his tenor sax, fits very well with the typical sound of the Hammond organ of the trio who has never sought any special sound effects.

The new member of the group Marcel Thomi, who took over the role of organ player two years ago, has brought new life into the trio. In this album he is the composer of two tracks, "Beautiful Monday", a relaxing song with typical childish melodies and permeated with refined harmonies, and "Knocked Out" which is a mix of contemporary Bop and Funk which reveal the affinities of the author in these two musical generes.

With the guitarist Roberto Bossard and the drummer Elmar Frey, who are the founders of ORGAN-X, the group is completed with two major names of the Swiss jazz scene. The two musicians offer a few of their own compositions as well as several arrangements of lesser-known jazz standards.

ORGAN-X-PLUS is a sharp turn in the current European trend, which everybody believes must be followed. In Switzerland the "swingy" etichette seems almost derogatory. Regardless though, ORGAN-X play with a lot of swing, with great modern jazz groove and obtains significant success from the audiences.

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Der Name ORGAN-X PLUS steht für das Trio ORGAN-X, erweitert um den Tenorsaxophonisten Roland von Flüe.
Die vorliegende CD präsentiert die zwei Gesichter der Band, die sich stets als Trio wie auch als Quartett verstanden hat. Roland von Flüe mit seinem erdigen Tenorsax-Klang ist die perfekte Ergänzung zum "klassischen" Hammond-Trio-Sound von ORGAN-X, bei welchem bewusst auf jegliche plakative Klangeffekte verzichtet wird.

Der Newcomer Marcel Thomi, der vor zwei Jahren den Platz an der Orgel übernommen hat, brachte der Band viel frischen Wind in die Segel. Zu dieser CD-Produktion steuert er gleich zwei Eigenkompositionen bei, nämlich den Opener Beautiful Monday, einen relaxtes Stück mit kinderliedartiger Melodie, augenzwinkernd auf raffinierte Harmonien gebettet; seine zweite Komposition Knocked Out ist eine Verschmelzung von Contemporary Bop und Funk und verrät seine Affinitäten zu diesen zwei Stilen.

Mit dem Gitarristen Roberto Bossard und dem Schlagzeuger Elmar Frey, welche ORGAN-X damals ins Leben gerufen haben, ergänzt sich die Band um zwei weitere wichtige Exponenten der Schweizer Szene. Neben ihren Eigenkompositionen steuern die beiden eine Reihe von Arrangements wenig gespielter Jazz-Standards bei.

ORGAN-X PLUS gibt Gegensteuer zu den momentanen europäischen Trends, denen alle glauben, folgen zu müssen. In der Schweiz scheint das Attribut "swingend" heute ein Schimpfwort zu sein. Unbeirrt dessen spielt Organ-x swingenden, groovenden Modern Jazz und findet damit auch ein begeistertes Publikum.

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Il nome ORGAN-X-PLUS sta per il trio ORGAN-X, ampliato dal saxofonista tenore Roland von Flüe.

Il presente CD rivela le due caratteristiche del gruppo, che ha saputo ben amalgamarsi sia come trio che come quartetto. Roland von Flüe, grazie alla voce naturale del suo sax tenore, integra perfettamente il tipico suono Hammond del trio ORGAN-X, il quale ha sempre rinunciato a qualsiasi effetto sonoro plateale.

Il nuovo membro del gruppo, Marcel Thomi, che da due anni ha ripreso la funzione d'organista, ha portato con sé un nuovo vento di freschezza. In questo CD immette addirittura due sue nuove composizioni, quali "Beautiful Monday", un brano rilassante con melodie tipiche infantili, permeato di raffinate armonie, mentre la seconda composizione "Knocked Out" è una miscela di Bop e Funk contemporanei che svelano le affinità dell'autore con questi due stili musicali.

Con il chitarrista Roberto Bossard ed il batterista Elmar Frey, fondatori del gruppo ORGAN-X, il gruppo si completa vicendevolmente con due elementi di spicco del jazz elvetico. I due musicisti, insieme alle composizioni personali, completano il tutto con una serie di arrangiamenti di jazz standards poco proposti.

ORGAN-X-PLUS da un vigoroso controsterzo al trend europeo del momento, che tutti credono di dover seguire. In Svizzera l'attributo "swingend" sembra essere un epiteto spregiativo. Indipendentemente da ciò, ORGAN-X suona con molto swing, con un bel "groove" di jazz moderno ed ottiene ampi consensi da un pubblico entusiasta.

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CD Tracks

01. Beautiful Monday (Marcel Thomi)
02. Bock To Bock (Wes Montgomery)
03. O Morro Não Tem Vez (A. C. Jobim)
04. How My Heart Sings (Earl Zindars)
05. After Midnight (Elmar Frey)
06. Chovendo Na Roseir (A. C. Jobim)
07. Knocked Out (Marcel Thomi)
08. Nobody Else But Me (Jerome Kern)
09. Funky Piece Of Cake (Roberto Bossard)
10. How Deep Is The Ocean (Irving Berlin)
Label: Altrisuoni
Producer: Altrisuoni & Privave Records
Executive Producer: Peter Bürli for Radio DRS 2
Recorded at: Studio 2, Radio Studio DRS, Zürich, February 2008
Sound Engineer: Andy Neresheimer
Digital Mastering: Andy Neresheimer
Cover Art: Atelier Regula Meier, Zug
Graphic Design: Atelier Regula Meier, Zug
Photo: Atelier Regula Meier, Zug
Financial Support: Pro Helvetia
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