What cements the relationship of Swiss saxophonist Co Streiff and American trumpeter Russ Johnson, is a shared aesthetic, a belief that being progressive doesn't automatically require abandoning melody or groove. Their experience – Streiff leading various groups or work with pianist Irène Schweizer; Johnson as a sideman for nearly every one in New York – is the best in cross-cultural exchange. Streiff and Johnson coalesce for a wonderful sound, almost Vintage Blue Note before jumping decades to sound as modern as anything else out there. Most groups are either rife with nostalgia or, conversely, exchange method for memorability. The best do both and Streiff and Johnson have accomplished that with their first effort.
released November 14, 2011
Co Streiff: Altosaxophon, Soprano Saxophon
Russ Johnson: Trumpet
Christian Weber: Bass
Julian Sartorius: Drums
So good, I bought this twice by mistake! An album that, while full of intense mood, remains accessible. I struggled to pick a favourite track, but the way the tension builds on Vessels is simply irresistible. Mike Kidd