Zacharya - Jazz Thing Next Generation Vol. 87
Anything but ordinary that could be the motto of the young Swiss trio Uassyn. Although the band has a line-up of saxophone, bass and drums, which has a long tradition in jazz history, it sounds anything but traditional. This is due to the unusual patterns that drummer Vincent Glanzmann drums, the steady bass Silvan Jeger plucks and the unique sound Tapiwa Svosve gets out of his alto saxophone. 'Zacharaya' is their debut album.
Although Uassyn clearly belongs to the rather avant-garde side of jazz, they sound anything but abstract or even cerebral. They refer to their music as skater jazz, which they tried to whip into shape during the first two years in a rehearsal room. "We try to achieve a result with this jazz tonality through other approaches," Glanzmann explained. "The image of a skater seemed quite fitting to us. If you take a board and go out, make turns and do tricks, it's a way to experience yourself. This is how we try to play our instruments."
Now Uassyn is taking their long overdue next step and recorded their debut album "Zacharya" for the 87th release of Jazz thing Next Generation. Its music, which resembles an independent language which is why the band name is also an invented word is bursting with energy and vitality, but also has plenty of room for tender and ballad-like moments. Its songs seem hypnotic, live from a penetrating beat-bias and take advantage of the freedom that jazz promises as a result. The strangeness that their music radiates continues in the song titles "DJI-ut", "Mmoosh" and "Kherkene". "'Kheretem' is composed of the names of Egyptian gods," Glanzmann explained. "Otherwise, we try to express the title with the feeling of the piece: like a picture, but using letters instead of colors."
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