Rudi Neuwirth / Andreas Willers – Jazztage

JHM 276
2020

Rudi Neuwirth - voc
Andreas Willers - g

1. You Go to My head (4'18) / 2. They Say It's Wonderful (4'22) / 3. Easy Living (4'04) / 4. Nefertiti (4'00) / 5. Blueson (4'13) / 6. Giant Steps (3'39) / 7. It Could Happen to You (4'51) / 8. Lush Life (3'13) / 9. Bluesoff (2'45) / 10. Zeh Moll (1'48) / 11. Dolphin Dance (4'41) / 12. Witchi-Tai-To (2'08)

„I work with the best and Andreas continues the lineage“ once the uncomparable Paul Bley said about the guitar player from Berlin and SWR awardee Andreas Willers. Rudi Neuwirth, outstanding improvising vocalist, must have had similar thoughts when he got in contact with Andreas Willers. Thus, two congenial musicians found each other for „Jazztage“, an extraordinarily original duo project. Willers is regarded as exceptional guitar player - with an enormous stylistic background and broad musical means that show proof of a very good feeling for form and emotional power. Rudi Neuwirth on the other hand is a vocalist who strongly differs stylistically from a lot of singing colleagues. Andreas Willers says about him: „On the one hand Rudi sings standards in a clear, careful and unpretentious manner combined with a modern individual vocal artistry. On the other hand he gives me a great freedom, a wide open space for creative improvisation.“ The two musicians have met working with John Tchicai. And the first rehearsals for „Jazztage“ revealed already after a few minutes that this encounter would be a very special one.

(release date: 14 Oct 2020)

  • "Überhaupt gestatten sich Neuwirth und Willers viele Freiheiten, auch gegenseitig: Songtexte werden mal gesungen, mal auch rezitiert; in den Instrumentals begnügt sich Neuwirth nicht nur mit Scatgesang, sondern hat auch die eine oder andere Instrumentenimitation auf den Lippen. Während Willers, als E-Gitarrist ebenso jenseits traditioneller Vorstellungen kreativ, mit verzerrten Klängen die scheinbar ungetrübte Lebensfreude in [...] Easy Living unterläuft, stellt er sogar Kunstpfeiferqualitäten unter Beweis. Überall dazwischen: viel Mut zu Luft und Lücke. [...] Eine Visitenkarte, die neugierig macht." (Harry Schmidt, Jazzthetik 11/12-2020: 83f.)
  • "Tatsächlich jedoch würde das Duo [...] in der Lounge wohl eher für Protest sorgen. Durchgehender Rhythmus und klar erkennbare Songstrukturen sind eher die Ausnahme. Die Musik ist gegenwärtig, ein echter improvisierter Dialog. [...]. So [...] ist den beiden eine sehr abwechslungsreiche, originalle Vokalplatte gelungen." (Stephan Richter, Jazz Podium 12/20 | 1/21: 70)
  • "Willers’s vocals and Neuwirth’s notes can make you ask What?! initially but they will make their way to your hearts the more you listen and become acquainted with them. Along with classics [...], the musicians present their own original compositions, making these hard times pass more comfortably for all of us." (Emre Adam, Jazz Dergisi, 2 Dec 2020)
  • "Há que admitir que nem sempre é fácil encontrar jazz vocal que não resvale para as já cansadas abordagens dos crooners. Graças a este desencanto, é com autêntico interesse que se recebe tudo o que se afasta deste paradigma mainstream. E é neste campo criativo desprendido de banalidades e clichés que encontramos Jazztage [...]. Jazztage é mais uma interessante proposta da JazzHausMusik, e um disco que interessará especialmente àqueles em busca de uma lufada de ar fresco." (João Morado, Beats for Peeps, 7 Feb 2021)

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1
You Go to My Head
2
They Say It's Wonderful
3
Easy Living