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Brambus is proud to present Jazz saxophonist Phil Stockli's first album, "The Horizon", featuring internationally acclaimed Flugelhornist Franco Ambrosetti. This album offers a wide variety of distinguished original and standard jazz compositions and reflects the fresh perspective of a new generation.
Phil spent his last five years living and performing in Boston, where he graduated from the Berklee College of Music. This was also the place where he met Italian pianist Alberto Bonacasa and Dutch drummer Sebastian deKrom. Bassist Marco Ricci, also from Milan, joined the band subsequently. Each of the members had been growing up listening to jazz ever since they were kids. Undoubtedly, you will be able to notice this familiarity with the language of jazz and the way they express themselves through it.
Phil Stockli counts Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderley, McCoy Tyner, John Coltrane, Freddie Hubbard, Art Blakey, Kenny Kirkland, Duke Ellington and Johnny Hedges among many others as his major influences.
"Jazz is the art of freedom of expression. We are trying to evoke an atmosphere through creative individuality and simultaneous respect for the tradition, which opens up perspectives and reveals views to new horizons."
The band shifts gears between the energy and excitement of tunes like "The Net" or "One By One" and lyrical reflectiveness as heard on "Warm Valley" or "Kafka." The title track, "The Horizon," starts out in a Coltraniesque-manner, then develops into a Rubato Duet between Ambrosetti's lyrical Flugelhorn and Bonacasa's Piano, before the band sets the dark foundation for the main theme of the tune. Ambrosetti shines throughout the set with stunning solo performances on "Memory" and "Yesterdays," where he jokingly quotes "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top."
"It is very enjoyable to hear a new generation perform with such a respect and knowledge for the tradition and still sound fresh and very exciting at it."
Another very enjoyable Brambus release that you should not miss...