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Benedikt Reising – alto sax Marc Stucki – tenor sax Andreas Tschopp – trombone Marc Unternährer – tuba Rico Baumann – drums

Four wind instruments and drums – this is Le Rex, the ultimate mixture of groove, harmony and juicy melodies with an unmistakable addiction to the unexpected. They stand for a kind of cunning adventure jazz and like to record their CDs somewhere in public places such as department stores, construction sites, scrap yards and farms.

As adventurous the recording sites are as stunning ist he music of the five swiss musicians. The sound of Le Rex reveals a spectacular kaleidoscope of crispy popgrooves, balkanese horn riffs, intoxicating and frisky rhythm ’n’ blues parts and the sweet bitterness of leaden ballads mixed with breakneck horn solos.

All this makes Le Rex one of the finest jazz bands from Switzerland.

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LE REX Ascona album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Eclectic Fusion 2012
LE REX Wild Man album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Wild Man
Eclectic Fusion 2015
LE REX Escape of the Fire Ants album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Escape of the Fire Ants
Eclectic Fusion 2019

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Le Corse
Eclectic Fusion 2010

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LE REX Escape of the Fire Ants

Album · 2019 · Eclectic Fusion
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kev rowland
It is safe to say there are few bands quite like Le Rex. While there are many who are challenging existing musical forms there can be few who can be said to be attacking quite like this. For a start, I can’t think of another band who have a line-up quite like this, as we have alto saxophonist Benedikt Reising, tenor saxophonist Marc Stucki, trombonist Andreas Tschopp, tuba player Marc Unternährer and drummer Rico Baumann. Yes, you read that correctly, four horns and a drummer, no guitar, bass or piano in sight, and of course no room whatsoever for a singer. Although arguably it can be said that the tuba does sometimes play the role of a bass as it anchors the bottom end of the sound, it is far more common for Unternährer to be a key part of the melody and there are times when he takes on the lead role.

Although jazz is the starting point, on the way to the end Le Rex are actually incredibly progressive in their outlook as they bring their eclectic bent into songs which are always fascinating and interesting, moving in directions one can rarely fathom: there is no way to predict what is going to happen next. But these are all songs as opposed to improvisations, and originally were scored, although the band rehearsed them so they could play them live in the studio without reference. When I play this, I have discovered that sometimes my ear is following one particular musician through the threads, at others I am jumping between them, and others when I open my mind and try to take it all in at once. Interwoven, complex and complicated, one would imagine that this might be a hard album to listen to, but nothing could be further from the truth as it is such a delight from beginning to end. I can imagine fans of the likes of Art Zoyd getting as much from this as those who would consider themselves to be more traditional jazz lovers as opposed to prog. Yet another great release from Cuneiform Records, so glad they are back on the scene.

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