Chico Freeman (sax,cl)– Cecil McBee (b) – Reto Weber (dr,perc)
3 exponents of their instruments start where jazz began and continues today.
The three explore the trio in the interplay of what music is about: delicate riffs, subtle rhythms and above all a great affinity for melody.
3 players who can draw on the large pot of experience without being boring ...
This simply means play music ..
Cecil McBee - Double Bass (USA)
McBee was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on 19 May 1935. He studied clarinet at school, but switched to bass at the age of 17, and began playing in local nightclubs. After gaining a music degree from Ohio Central State University, he spent two years in the army, during which time he conducted the band at Fort Knox. In 1959 he played with Dinah Washington, and in 1962 he moved to Detroit, where he worked with Paul Winter's folk-rock ensemble in 1963-1964.
His jazz career began to take off in the mid-1960s, after he moved to New York, when he began playing and recording with a number of significant musicians including Miles Davis, Andrew Hill, Sam Rivers, Jackie McLean (1964), Wayne Shorter (1965–66), Charles Lloyd (1966), Yusef Lateef (1967–69), Keith Jarrett, Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw (1986), and Alice Coltrane (1969–1972).
Later career In the 2000s, McBee unsuccessfully sued a Japanese company that opened a chain of stores under his name.
He was an artist in residence at Harvard from 2010-2011. He teaches at the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts.
1991 he was inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame.
Blues for Coltrane: A Tribute to John Coltrane (MCA, 1987) - Pharoah Sanders/David Murray/McCoy Tyner/Cecil McBee/Roy Haynes, Winner, Best instrumental performance, individual or group, Grammy Awards, 1988.
Chico Freeman – Saxophone, Clarinet (USA)
Chico Freeman, the multi-reedman, composer and producer embodies the intent of jazz by finding new avenues of expression that embrace the heritage and tradition of the music. Many critics have compared him to the greats in jazz history, but the proof, beyond arguable opinion, is in the fact that he has played and recorded with some of the most innovative musicians in the world. Few artists can equal his list of musical associations: Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, Charles Mingus, Jack DeJohnette, Art Blakey, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Hank Jones, Freddie Cole, Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Roy Haynes, Von Freeman, Arthur Blythe, Billy Hart, Lester Bowie, Famadou Don Moye, Cecil McBee, Kirk Lightsey, John Hicks, Mal Waldron, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Eurythmics, The Temptations, The Four Tops, and many others. From South America to Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic, Freeman has performed and recorded with such Latin greats as Tito Puente, Machito, Irakere, Paquito D’Rivera, Arturo Sandoval, Celia Cruz, Giovanni Hidalgo, Paulinho DaCosta, Nana Vasconcelos, Ray Barretto, Eddie Palmieri and Puerto Rico’s famous El Gran Combo.
Reto Weber - Drums, Percussions (Swiss) He has played extensively in the whole world! Concerts and Festivals in Bombay, Dehli, New York, Montreux, Berlin, London, Paris, Montreal, Khartoum, Dakar, Accra, Ougadougou, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Sydney, Durban, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Milano, Hanoi, Madras, LaPaz, Lima, Caracas, Buenos Aires, Sao Paolo, Abidjan, Tunis, Vienna etc. He enjoys working with jazzmusicians notably Albert Mangelsdorff, Chico Freeman, Charlie Mariano, Franco Ambrosetti, Dave Holland, Lee Konitz, Trevor Watts, Henri Texier, Eberhard Weber, Paul McCandless and others.... or for 25 years with his famous Percussion Orchestra and the the Percussionists: Djamchid Chemirani, Muthuswamy Balasubramoniam, and the Soloists Eberhard Weber, Albert Mangelsdorff, Charlie Mariano Chico Freeman, Franco Ambrosetti or Christy Doran. Since 2004 Reto Weber's Squeezeband with young swiss fellows - 2009 the Squeezeband changed back to a international Group with Chico Freeman, Franco Ambrosetti, Nino G, Michel Alibo, Dany Martinez and Gilad Atzmon.Press photos
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