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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-François Boillat and wind instrument master Raymond Thérace 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 Hubbard’s Straight Life, Keith Jarrett’s In Your Quiet Place, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk’s Sweet Fire, plus groovy original compositions from the Boillat-Thérace crew. Helvetian fun facts: the velvety 1224 is dedicated to Geneva'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: Cenovis!
Recorded January 25th-27th 1974 at Studio A.R.T.