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Escape Argot


You Me Them     (18.10.2019)
Still Writing Letters     (02.03.2018)

Genre: Jazz

Escape Argot

Christoph Steiner risks a new musical escapade, writing the music therefore himself and turns these compositions into soundwaves with his companions Christoph Grab and Florian Favre.
Three very active musicians from the Swiss Jazzscene have gathered here to use the free space within this music with subtlety and walk the tightrope of improvisation and celebrate it.
Steiner’s compositions are the startingpoint to these melodic, yet sometimes eccentric pieces, which contain enough space to leave the frame and escape into new areas.
Grab, Favre and Steiner are all daring and still highly sensitive improvisors and they all bring their experiences as composers to the music. This awareness can be heard and felt from the beginning. Here, three like-minded musicians with very different approaches come together to complement each other in this highly entertaining musical conversation.



Escape Argot

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Out now:

Escape Argot

You. Me. Them.
CD 4680
file under: jazz
release October 18, 2019


Escape Argot, the trio of eminent musicians from Switzerland led by the drummer Christoph Steiner (known from the band Hildegard lernt fliegen), released their first album together in March 2018. Still Writing Letters celebrated very positive international resonance. Der Bund from Bern praised the “improvisational playfulness” of the “daring and tremendously nimble trio” and Bird Is The Worm was amazed, “how suddenly they’re able to shift into the most delicate phrasings, making the transition seem as natural as thunder to lightning, pressure into peace.“ The Badische Zeitung [Baden Newspaper] from Freiburg stated: “Escape Argot accomplishes the feat of transferring the seemingly disparate into an overall homogenous sound.”

Their second release, You. Me. Them., builds upon the established concept and refines it. The energy level is similar, but dynamically Escape Argot moves up a gear. Christoph Steiner placed great value on this aspect while writing the new pieces. Consequently the range now reaches from lyrical, almost somewhat melancholic passages, like in the opening piece The Remains Of Lightness, to lurking restraint in Get That Poison Off That Tongue and all the way to forcefully gripping crescendos, which particularly escalate in improvisations. Some tracks might begin relatively calmly, but gain volume and tempo over time. Just like on the debut album, the music’s straight vibe can also fascinate rock fans and takes you along on journeys full of discoveries. Deliberately the some of the pieces do not return to their starting point in the end. Along the way they sidestep surprisingly or are jauntily shaken up by bumpy terrain. ... read more


Out now:

Escape Argot

Still Writing Letters
CD 4656
file under: jazz
Release March 2, 2018

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