Beck / Landolf / Rossy Beck, Landolf and Rossy are playing a distinct, undogmatic yet melodically and emotionally authentic variety of modern Jazz, always looking for the core of the melody and following the intuition of the moment. The uncommon and also challenging ensemble lends itself to a large variety of colours and structures from a chamber-music-like transparency to almost orchestral density while leaving space for spontaneous interplay. All three players assume the role oft he soloist, accompanist and rhythm section, drawing on their vast experience as instrumentalists, band-leaders and composers. The repertory consists mainly of original compositions with the addition of selected compositions by Monk, Mingus, Weill and others. The collectively led trio has formed in 2013 and has performed some concerts in Switzerland as well as in Barcelona. In march 2014 the first album "Aphorism" has been recorded in Begues, Spain and has appeared in 2015 with Unit records. For more information and contact please visit www.michaelbeck.ch. „An exhilarating album...“– Tom Gsteiger/Landbote „I feel that there is a deep aesthetic affinity going on in this trio. Otherwise would be hard to explain how comfortable we feel playing each others tunes. Also the instrumentation is unconventional, which helps freeing our minds and ears... We are looking forward to exploring the sound of this unit, letting it develop naturally with each performance.“ - Jorge Rossy „A great formation..“ - Georg Modestin/Der Bund
Anyone who knows Michael Beck, Domenic Landolf and Jorge Rossy knows about
some similarities in their character: modesty and restraint, for example, or the
careful choice and effectiveness of their words. They don’t put themselves in the
spotlight unnecessarily. In words and music they tell what they have to say, and
their aesthetic articulation is clear and authentic at any moment.
Musically they share a lot of common ground; they are not looking for flashy effects
or for newisms for their own sake. Rather, with „Chromophilia“ the trio continues,
consistent with what they started with their first record „Aphorism“, that which is
common to the three musicians and is also stated in that album’s title.
Chromophilia could perhaps be translated as „peculiarities of coloring“; it is a
chamber-music Jazz with strong contrasts and a sometimes spartan and dry, but
always relaxed and dynamic reduction to the essential: timbres, light and shadow.
Here, Beck, Ladolf and Rossy complement each other perfectly; they play in the
same spirit and in common purpose. Everyone in the trio is able to shine as a soloist
as well as in accompanying the others, and the putative simplicity grows in
interplay, a well-dosed to and fro towards varied, tonally finely-balanced sound
The melodies and rhythms the trio combines are reminiscent of brush- or pencil
strokes by Cezanne, hinting at creating and opening spaces or geometric bodies but
never fully divulging everything. That which inhabits its spaces remains the secret
of this art, and it is precisely what the trio doesn’t adorn to the fullest that evokes
joy and tension from music and the fantasies it triggers.
It is characteristic of this bass- and drum-less trio that each of the three musicians
is rhythmically inspired and therefore the bass and drums are never really missing.
Multi-instrumentalist Jorge Rossy, a world-acclaimed drummer and an
accomplished pianist, sets beautiful accents on Vibes and Marimba in solo parts as
well in accompaniment and with his timing just as Domenic Landolf does on tenor
saxophone and, most notably with the dark timbre of his bass clarinet and the well
balanced use of it’s large range of registers.
On the piano, Michael Beck provides not only the warm primer for this music, but
he also, with his particular color palette, his chiaroscuro and his concise solos,
creates tasteful contrasts, enhancing the impact of the other instruments.
The music of this trio makes do without any bombast and is almost in its entirety
very lyrical, sometimes quite dreamy, flowing and swinging. The album contains
compositions by all three musicians as well as „The Newcomer“, a song by
Mercedes Rossy. Mercedes, Jorge’s sister, was an accomplished pianist and
composer who sadly passed away in 1995. Like on Aphorism, we also find a
composition by Kurt Weill: „Alabama Song“, here in an adaptation by Domenic
Landolf. This tune has been interpreted by pop musicians, most notably the Doors,
whose 1967 cover version became world-famous.
Chromophilia: 15 titles, simple and unpretentious but for that very reason both
enthralling and mysterious
Jorge Rossy, vibraphone and marimba Rossy, who went to Berklee to study trumpet when he was already an accomplished drummer, has co- written a piece of Jazz history as the drummer of the ground-breaking Brad Mehldau Trio from 1994- 2004. The list of his collaborators in the last 25 years reads like a who’s who of Jazz and includes Chick Corea, Paquito d’ Riviera, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Wayne Shorter, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow and Mark Turner. Since his return to Barcelona Rossy, who has always seen himself as a musician who plays drums as opposed to „just“ a drummer, has dedicated himself more to the piano and to composition. More recently the vibraphone plays a more and more important role. On this instrument he can unite his astute rhythmic and percussive talents with his profound sense for harmony and melody. Domenic Landolf, tenor saxophone and bass clarinet Landolf is an important entity in the Swiss jazz scene since his study years at renowned Swiss Jazz School. His enormous competence as an instrumentalist and improvisor and his great artistic integrity make him the saxophonist of choice for many Swiss but also for touring international artists, such as Bill Carrothers, Bill Holman, Joe Haider, Hans Feigenwinter or Joe Lovano. He is a professor at the music academy of Basel and has released several highly acclaimed albums as a leader. Michael Beck, piano Michael Beck has also studied at Swiss Jazz School before receiving a scholarship for Berklee, where he got degrees in piano and Jazz composition. After graduation he spent two years freelancing in New York’s vibrant Jazz scene. Since his return to Bern he has had an active career as a performer in Switzerland and neighbouring countries. Michael has played with many internationally renowned musicians like Anat Cohen, Nat Su, Bänz Oester, Susanne Abbuehl, Michael Zisman, Antonio Sanchez, Jaleel Shaw or Mark Turner. Besides his activity as a Jazz pianist and teacher he has dealt intensively with contemporary classical composition and electronic music and produced many soundtracks and stage-compositions for modern dance companies. Among his recordings as aleader, his trio albums (2001 and 2007) have received particularly high praise.