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Title - Live
Artist - AKKU Quintet

For those not in the know, the Swiss minimalistic Jazz ensemble AKKU Quintet have just released their brand new album, entitled Live (7D Media).

Live takes you on a 75-minute long musical journey and leads you into the cosmos of Swiss-based AKKU Quintet led by drummer and composer Manuel Pasquinelli (also known for his work with Sonar & David Torn).

It contains five songs from different stages of the group’s history, recorded at various locations between 2016 and 2020. You will hear the touch and character of each player, acting as a part of the ensemble to create this atmospheric, minimalistic yet livingly driving music.

Says Manuel, “Playing this music live is always an intense and beautiful experience. While not perfect, live versions often have a certain quality and spirit, which are hard to achieve in the studio. We want to share some live moments we captured on different occasions with this album, especially in this challenging time for live music.”

“We didn’t do any editing. So you will hear truly handmade music. This album might be a good introduction to our work, and maybe one gets curious about the four studio albums we released before.”

1. Waves (28:22)
2. Polar (10.36)
3. Deep Sleep I (11:32)
4. Schneemann (10:11)
5. Deep Sleep II (14:59)

This simply beautiful, free flowingly harmonious live recording opens on the veritably translucent opus Waves (recorded live on October 15, 2017 at bee-flat im Progr, Bern - album version on “Aeon”) and the ornate gossamer of Polar (recorded live on May 8, 2019 at bee-flat im Progr, Bern - album version on “Aeon”) and backs those up with the electronically sketchy at times, organically-cultured the next of Deep Sleep I (recorded live on February 18, 2020 at City Pub, Bern - album version on “Stages of Sleep”).

Next up is one of my own personal favorites here, the all hands on deck musicianship jam found within the genre of Schneemann (recorded on April 10, 2016 at Cully Jazz Festival, Cully - album version on “Molecules”) and then the recording comes to a simply stunning musical epic of a closure with the atmospherically driven Deep Sleep II (recorded on April 10, 2016 at Cully Jazz Festival, Cully - album version on “Stages of Sleep”).

AKKU Quintet is based in Berne (Switzerland), from where they dispense a minimalistic jazz groove to great effect. Drummer Manuel Pasquinelli, who is also responsible for the compositions, founded the band in 2010.

Their first concert took place in 2011. Since then, the band has released four studio albums and is playing live regularly. Their latest studio album, “Depart,” was the first one released with 7D Media. Manuel Pasquinelli is also known as the drummer of Sonar, who are collaborating with David Torn and Bill Laswell.

AKKU Quintet:
Manuel Pasquinelli - Drums
Michael Gilsenan - Sax & Fx
Maja Nydegger - Grand Piano, Keys
Markus Ischer - Guitar
Andi Schnellmann - Bass

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