Franz von Chossy
Franz von Chossy (Munich, 1979) graduated “Summa Cum Laude” from the Amsterdam conservatory in 2006. He also studied at the Manhattan School of Music with amongst others Kenny Barron, Garry Dial, Dave Liebman and Kenny Werner. In addition, while living in New New York, Franz studied film composition with Edward Green.
His music covers a broad musical spectrum that includes classical as well as modern elements but always with respect to the jazz tradition. Within his detailed arrangements there is always a strong melody from which everything arises. Yet there is enough space for each individual musician to wander... This combination makes the music organic and easily accessible for the listener without being shallow. Moods swing from subdued to exciting. It is emotional music, which sings, narrates and creates strong images.
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Pendulum (EtceteraNewRecords) is a very special cd. This not because the
leader Franz Von Chossy graduated with full honours at the Amsterdam
Conservatory in 2006 and won the Dutch Jazz competition in the same year.
Neither is it because he plays refined, cerebral music with countless subtly
varied repetitions or because he has written all but one compositions himself,
but because he has chosen a new road that Dave Brubeck can be jealous of
and that Bill Evans, if he still were alive, would be madly envious of. He
creates a new middle way between jazz and classical music that leads to
infinite horizons and that can be rightly called New Third Stream, without the
artificiality of the late fifties and early sixties, but with a natural,
straightforward and modern flow.
It is a small masterpiece, construed with the aid of Clemens van de Feen, who
plays the double bass in such a clear and firm way that it sounds like a
violincello, and of drummer Paul Wiltgen who brings the overall sound to
perfection with cleverly, economically and perfectly placed percussion
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