On The Master and the Rain, Root Down allows Africa’s tuneful and downto-earth energy to merge with the more exploratory elements of European music concepts. There are the kicking rhythms and harmonies of South African Kwela music expressed in the homages to Chris McGregor, the two Fela Kuti classics and the compositions of Tommy Meier. Above all it should be emphasized how extremely beautiful and sparkling Meier’s compositions are.
The interplay of polyrhythmic grooves and magical atmosphere, of ceremony and exuberance is characteristic of this album which will not only delight the listeners, but will also inspire dancers with its flows and catchy riffs.
Tommy Meier: ts, bcl, zurna, comp
Russ Johnson: tp
Marco von Orelli: tp
Co Streiff: as, ss
Peter Landis: ts, bs
Hans Anliker: tb
Michael Flury: tb
Irène Schweizer: p
Hans-Peter Pfammatter: keyb
Luca Sisera: b
Flo Goette: e-b
Fredi Flükiger: dr
Chris Jäger: perc
Trixa Arnold: turntables
Stephan Thelen: g · Jan Schlegel: e-b · Herbert Kramis: b · Marco Käppeli: dr · Peter Schärli: tp · Andi Marti: tb · Jürg Wickihalder: ss · Chris Wiesendanger: keyb
Recorded on Dezember 6/7, 2009, and March 12, 2007 at Jazzclub Moods, Zürich. Sound engineer: Willy Strehler. “The Rain Part II” recorded on August 30, 2008 at Jazzfestival Willisau. Engineer: Martin Pearson for SR DRS. Mix, editing and mastering: Tommy Meier and Willy Strehler at “Will-y Klangdach”, Guntershausen. Cover art: Tommy Meier/Ornella Gröbli. Graphic design: Jonas Schoder. Liner notes: Pirmin Bossart
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I love this band...tight,wholly integrated, endlessly inventive with striking compositions.All their Intakt albums (there are 3 and counting) are wonderful and this one sees,for me, Tom Rainey in outstanding form (I loved his work in Tim Berne's Trio - check these out on Tim's Screwgun label)...Laubrock mixes the muscular and sinuous with the compositional and who can resist any opportunity to listen to Mary Halvorson? (I can't!).