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Free Hoops (24bit Hi​-​Res 96khz)

by SYLVIE COURVOISIER TRIO with Drew Gress and Kenny Wollesen

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earleybr Easily one of my favorite albums. I mean of all time. For some reason, Dolphy's "Out to Lunch" keeps jumping in my head when I listen to this, although this album sounds almost nothing like that one. I think the connection is this: when I heard "Out to Lunch" for the first time, I had an overwhelming feeling that music would stay with me my entire life. I have the same feeling about this album. Favorite track: Free Hoops.
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Lisa Bella Donna Been listening to Sylvie closely for many years now. She's always in forward motion. This record is a wonderful journey front to back.

I love interplay and conversations between this trio. All projected with a beautifully captured recording.

Favorite Track "Highway 1"
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Lulu Dance 06:43
Just Twisted 04:10
As We Are 05:08
Galore 07:27
Highway 1 09:03


Intakt CD 351

Sylvie Courvoisier presents a new trio album at the height of her mastery and success. 
"Free Hoops" (Intakt CD 351) follows the widely celebrated trio album "D'Agala" (Intakt CD 300) which "The New York Times" counted as among the best records of the year. 
With every concert and every album this glorious trio's modus operandi becomes more clear – Sylvie Courvoisier, Drew Gress and Kenny Wollesen play morphing music by turns intricately detailed and ambiguously wide open. The music Courvoisier writes is rigorously organized and calls for ensemble precision, as a few thorny unisono heads demonstrate. But the music also 
harbors a misterioso, dreamlike quality that may surface at any time, induced by a wistful ostinato or moonlit piano arpeggio stubbornly repeated, or by a quiet episode that underscores the depth of the trio's sonic space. 
They also do that good stuff we prize jazz for – the happy swing-ing, the coming together when they make complex material sing, and the flying apart when the players explore it on their own.



released September 18, 2020

Sylvie Courvoisier: Piano, Compositions
Drew Gress: Bass
Kenny Wollesen: Drums & Wollesonic

Recorded on December 20th, 2019, by Ryan Streber at Oktaven Audio, Mount Vernon, NY. Mixed on February 2nd, 2020, by James Farber at Sear Sound Studio, New York City. Asst. engineer and editing: Owen Mulholland. Mastered by Scott Hull at Masterdisk, Peekskill, NY. Cover art: Veronique Hoegger. Graphic design: Jonas Schoder. Photo: Mimi Chakarova. Liner notes: Kevin Whitehead. Recording produced by David Breskin and Sylvie Courvoisier. CD produced by Intakt Records, Patrik Landolt, Anja Illmaier, Florian Keller.


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Sylvie Courvoisier Brooklyn, New York

Sylvie Courvoisier is a pianist, composer and improviser. Born in Lausanne, Switzerland, Courvoisier moved to New York in 1998 and has lived in Brooklyn since that time.

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