Â Boillat ThÃ©race Quintetâ€™s self-titled album is available for the first time since its original limited private pressing in 1974 and comes as a vinyl LP as well as a digipack CD. Full of prolific and inspired local clusters and boosted by the recently launched Montreux Jazz Festival, the Swiss jazz scene was vibrant and inventive in the 1970s, notably in the region surrounding Lake Geneva. This is precisely where jazz activist and brilliant pianist Jean-FranÃ§ois Boillat and wind instrument master Raymond ThÃ©race formed their quintet whose dazzling debut album was recorded in 1974. An absolute Lemanic gem of the soul-jazz/modal kind, the self-titled album includes superb covers of Freddie Hubbardâ€™s â€œStraight Lifeâ€, Keith Jarrettâ€™s â€œIn Your Quiet Placeâ€, and Rahsaan Roland Kirkâ€™s â€œSweet Fireâ€, plus groovy original compositions from the Boillat-ThÃ©race crew. Helvetian fun facts: the velvety â€œ1224â€ is dedicated to Genevaâ€™s public transport line Tram 12, and one exquisitely funky track on the album is named after the famed yet elusive (and locally legendary) Swiss Marmite: â€œCenovisâ€! This is reissued in conjunction with Boillat ThÃ©race Quintetâ€™s My Greatest Love featuring Benny Bailey (1975), also available via We Release Jazz.
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