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Fredy Studer

Now's The Time - Solo Drums (2LP+Book)

Label: Everest Records

Format: 2LP + Book

Genre: Experimental

In stock


If you have a chance to celebrate, take it. Drummer Fredy Studer, one of Switzerland’s top percussionists, has good reason to celebrate. This year he will be 70, he’s playing Willisau Jazz Festival for the 27th time (making him the musician who has played this festival the most) and is publishing his very first solo recordings! He has recorded these with a total absence of overdubs and electronic effects. “Now’s the Time – Solo Drums” is issued as a superb box set by Everest Records und Maniac Press. It contains two LPs and a 250-page book, with text by Beat Blaser, Pirmin Bossart, Meinrad Buholzer, Kurt Murpf, Peter Rüedi and Christine Weber.

Fredy Studer, “without doubt one of Europe’s most innovative drummers” (Drums & Percussion), can look back on 45 years of playing experience. The Lucerne musician is self taught and his work is documented on more than one hundred recordings. He was, and is, active with bands and projects such as Koch-Schütz-Studer, OM and Phall Fatale and many others, as well as diverse freelance activities from “A”, such as John Abercrombie, to “Z” – John Zorn.

And now we come to what might be considered the crowning glory: “Now’s The Time – Solo Drums” is not a retrospective, or an archive. “Now’s The Time” is an appreciation of a great musician who has not only made history, but is at the heart of history and who, thanks to his collaborations with other, younger musicians, has never stood still, but who has his eye firmly on the musical future, which he seeks out and embraces.

Cat. number: er_089
Year: 2018
Recorded by Roli Mosimann, assisted by Thomas Gabriel at Gabriel Recording, Stalden, Switzerland, January 8 – January 13, 2018 Mixed and edited by Roli Mosimann, assisted by Michal Wasyl at RecPublica Studios, Lubrza, Poland, January 29–February 3, 2018 Mastered by Dan Suter at Echochamber, Zurich, Switzerland, February 5, 2018 Artwork and cover photo by Camillo Paravicini Fredy Studer plays GRETSCH drums, PAISTE cymbals/ gongs/sounds and uses VIC FIRTH sticks plus DW hardware and pedals No overdubs and no electronic effects were used on this record. Executive production by Kurt Murpf, Christine Weber, Maniac Press and Everest Records All music by Fredy Studer/SUISA © & ℗ by Fredy Studer and Everest Records 2018. This box includes two 180-gram-vinyl and a 250-page book in German and English.

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