Joel Locher - Intensity of Bass
We have already mentioned here from time to time that the double bass has been playing a leading and solo role in jazz for a long time. So we are particularly pleased when a virtuoso like Joel Locher - we know him well as part of the trios of Wawau Adler, Gismo Graf and Olivia Trummer - finally steps out of the shadows with his own album. In this case it is called Intensity of Bass, and the title is also the programme.Buy Album
You can't call Joel Locher a "discovery", he has been too prominent in jazz in the past, but here we find the brilliant Gypsy jazz player in a pleasing new role, namely as a leader, composer and as a grand master of a multi-faceted modern jazz. Eight of the thirteen pieces on the album were written by him, one each by fellow players Sandro Roy, André Weiß, Jermaine Landsberger and Wawau Adler. And Joel Locher borrowed the title "Englishman in New York" from Sting and arranged it into a wonderfully swinging piece of gypsy jazz. Martinique" by Wawau Adler also swings in a rousing Zigan sound, a shimmering pearl.
The ensemble that Joel Locher has gathered around him for his debut is exquisite, with many names ringing out: Gismo Graf, Joschi Graf, Jermaine Landsberger, Pee Wee Ellis and above all the fantastic Wawau Adler.
Joel Locher and his friends serve us a good hour of inspired jazz, fast-paced as in André Weiß' "Joel's Groove", ethereal as in "Klappe, die Dritte", dreamlike as in the crossover "Fantasie pour Carina" and even with a successful salute to the traditions of gypsy jazz here and there.
"Intensity of Bass" is a thoroughly telling title for a brilliant, versatile album that shows the double bassist Joel Locher in his many facets and has earned our award, the Musenkuss. A recommendation for jazz lovers of all tastes.