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Zbigniew Seifert Variospheres
Live in Solothurn

Zbigniew Seifert

The Zbigniew Seifert Foundation in Poland found a rare and historical live recording of the late jazz violinist Zbigniew Seifert, a musical giant who died much too early. The recording was made in Solothurn (in Switzerland), during the Swiss Jazz Days.
Zbigniew Seifert went on the road with his European quartet "Variospheres" in the late seventies.
This album, although soundwise not technically perfect, is a rare testimony of the great violinist playing his music live with his own band.

Tracks :

1. Unidentified piece (Zbigniew Seifert ?)
2. Man of the light (Zbigniew Seifert)
3. Way to oasis (Zbigniew Seifert)
4. The sound of gold (Michel Herr)
5. Turbulent plover (Zbigniew Seifert)
6. On the farm (Zbigniew Seifert)

Listen to musical excerpts here.

Musicians :

Zbigniew Seifert (PL) - violin
Michel Herr - piano, Fender Rhodes electric piano
Hans Hartmann (CH) - double bass
Janusz Stefanski (PL) - drums

Recorded live on January 18, 1976 in Solothurn (CH).
Released in November 2017 by the Zbigniew Seifert Foundation (PL). CD (CD-ZSF-2).

See also some
photos taken during the tour.

The album is available a.o. here.

Michel Herr about his collaboration with Zbigniew Seifert :
"It was a privilege to be a member of this magnificent band in which four strong individuals served with great spirit the beautiful music of Zbigniew Seifert. The name of the band referred to the multiple and contrasting atmospheres that we used to explore (straight modal swing, free sections, binary pieces, folk influences...). This quartet was probably a unique opportunity for Zbigniew to present his own band and his own music extensively in Western Europe (I think we played in Germany, Switzerland and Luxemburg). Zbigniew also invited us to bring in some compositions.
Each of us had the sensation that something special was unfolding.
This tour leaves me with great memories of some intense playing and beautiful complicity between the four musicians.
And for me, the conviction to have shared the stage with a true master."

More liner notes on CD Baby (Under About his album, click on Read more...).

The press / La presse

En français

"Cette musique est pleine de spontanéité et d'énergie, issue d'un accord incroyable entre les artistes. Chacun des musiciens semble contribuer démocratiquement à chacun des morceaux. Seifert est au meilleur de sa forme : jeu chargé d'émotion, exultation extatique, presque furieuse.
A chaque instant, nous voyons que nous avons affaire à quatre fortes personnalités, qui peuvent tout faire, sans se ménager un instant.
C'est une musique brillante qui nous est donnée au fil des 77 minutes.
La publication de ce matériel est un évènement à l'échelle mondiale, et sa valeur est inestimable.
Un énorme bravo à la Fondation Zbigniew Seifert pour présenter au monde ces enregistrements inestimables !"

Robert Ratajczak, Longplay blog (PL), traduit du polonais.

In English

This is music full of spontaneity and energy, created spontaneously but created thanks to an incredible complicity between the artists. Each of the musicians seems to contribute democratically to all the pieces. Seifert is at the top of the form : playing with emotion, in ecstatic excitement, almost with fury. At every moment we can see that we are dealing with four strong personalities, perfectly capable to give everything to contribute to the music. This brilliant music (77 minutes ) is also an example of the direction in which jazz followed in the mid-1970s. It is hard to believe that the material has not been published in the form of a record so far, for more than 4 decades resting in the private archives of Swiss jazz organizers Renate and Six Trutt. The publication of this material is an event of world stature, and the musical content is invaluable.
Big applause for the Fundacja im. Zbigniew Seifert for presenting these priceless recordings to the world !

Robert Ratajczak, Longplay blog (PL), translated from Polish.

" ...The music is typical of the modern European Jazz of that period, which was heavily involved in post-Coltrane Free improvisation and constant search of new forms of expression. The European scene, on both sides of the Iron Curtain, was buzzing with incredible productivity and discovery, and Seifert and his quartet represent the atmosphere of the period perfectly.
Although the sound quality of this recording is far from perfect, it manages to bring forward the incredible intensity of the music and the total involvement from the musicians. Seifert and Herr deliver lengthy fiery solos and the rhythm section supports the music and drives it ahead, both during the more swinging parts as well as during the freely improvised parts. Seifert's incredible compositions are always a delight.
The importance of the fact that this music is finally seeing a release, over forty years after it was recorded, is enormous. It adds to Seifert's relatively limited recorded legacy and sheds light on a very interesting period in European Jazz, which is always more than welcome. For the numerous Polish Jazz and Seifert's music connoisseurs this is an obvious must, and we should all be grateful to the Zbigniew Seifert Foundation, run by the incredible Aneta Norek, who is also the author of the excellent Seifert's biography, for faithfully bringing Seifert's legacy into the limelight!

Adam Baruch, Polish Jazz Blogspot & The Soundtrack of my life.