tomas sauter / daniel schläppi
contemporary chamber music



tomas sauter and daniel schläppi in trio with jorge rossy!


1 fritz 4.17
2 el paso 6.22
3 the big decent 5.23
4 turnout 3.53
5 perceptions 6.11
6 passage 1 0.57
7 passage 2 2.20
8 innerman’s waltz 4.13
9 rosa’s sister 4.33
10 passage 3 0.30
11 fungus 7.11
12 passage 4 1.03
13 passage 5 1.30
14 last call 3.32

total time 51.56

Compositions by Tomas Sauter except track 6, 12 & 13 by Tomas Sauter / Daniel Schläppi, track 7 by Daniel Schläppi, track 10 by Jorge Rossy

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tomas sauter and daniel schläppi in trio with jorge rossy!


1 the same but not the same 7.40
2 eos 5.27
3 blue demon 6.16
4 no sleep till wonderland 3.14
5 first day in spring 7.02
6 crossing 1 0.58
7 crossing 2 0.48
8 bei 40 grad am schatten 6.33
9 crossing 3 2.08
10 minor and major steps 4.37
11 piuki 5.32
12 petit dance 4.52

total time 55.09

Compositions by Tomas Sauter except track 6 by Tomas Sauter / Daniel Schläppi, track 7 by Jorge Rossy, track 9 by Daniel Schläppi

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first day in spring


1 first day in spring 5.28
2 old school 5.41
3 slow motion 5.49
4 abstracts 1.46
5 lost in a book 4.12
6 dark 4.33
7 girl's talk 5.04
8 anecdote I 1.10
9 anecdote II 0.26
10 anecdote III 1.07
11 green the light 4.26
12 soft landing 4.45
13 anecdote IV 1.38
14 anecdote V 0.32
15 anecdote VI 0.43
16 east river 5.40
17 anecdote VII 0.47
18 pas de de deux 5.11

total time 58.56

Compositions by Tomas Sauter except Nr. 8, 9, 10, 13 & 15 by Tomas Sauter ⁄ Daniel Schläppi, Nr. 17 by Daniel Schläppi

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indian summer


1 linien 6.02
2 crosscountry 4.25
3 flytoget 5.15
4 sand 5.32
5 dialogue I 0.45
6 indian summer 6.32
7 the most important things aren’t things 4.45
8 leaving 5.18
9 4000 miles 5.15
10 i didn’t know what time it was 5.34
11 lonely 6.26
12 dialogue II 0.40
13 resistance 6.27
14 chill out 6.58

total time 70.04

Compositions by Tomas Sauter except Nr. 10 by Lorenz Hart ⁄ Richard Rodgers, Nr. 5 & 12 by Tomas Sauter ⁄ Daniel Schläppi

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Daniel Schläppi (b)

Tomas Sauter (g, comp)






Press Release


Highlight in chamber music



Creativity, innovation and musicality are trade marks of the duet by Tomas Sauter and Daniel Schläppi. The duo releases a veritable revelation with their debut CD «indian summer». Both artists have been established band leaders for years, now Tomas Sauter and Daniel Schläppi position themselves as a highlight in the European jazz scene with their duet.

With the production of «indian summer» two creative musicians met who have already become two unmistakable voices after years of intensive artistic development. While they both are authentic and of firm character as soloists, Sauter and Schläppi combine guitar and bass as two equal partners in their musical dialogue. This new casting breaks with established patterns and opens up new possibilities of interplay.


Tone quality in the twilight zone of jazz and classical music

Tomas Sauter and Daniel Schläppi brilliantly move in the twilight zone between jazz and classical music. Without denying their roots in jazz both musicians prove adeptly that conceptions of metrics, articulation and dynamics based on classical patterns may well hold their ground in comtemporary jazz and enrichen the new music with exciting forms of expression.

They combine composition and improvisation in an original way to create an equally authentic and innovative music which turns the boundaries between classical music and jazz fluid. Following this approach the two musicians hold an elaborated tone quality in highest esteem. This priority claim, rarely met with in jazz, explains why Sauter and Schläppi were able to have mastered their first recording by the world famous sound engeneer Jan Erik Kongshaug, the preferred engeneer of such a sound esthetician as Pat Metheny, at the «Rainbow-Studio» in Oslo. What a winner!


Intersection and vanishing point of artistic development

Over the last couple of years Sauter and Schläppi have developped a preference for accoustic micro-groups playing chamber music. With the duet of guitar and bass the two have found an essential instrumentation. Strung the right way, the two musicians make do with only ten strings to create relaxed moods, spontaneous intensifications, spheric worlds of sound and throbbing beats.

During an extended stay in New York Tomas Sauter studied with John Abercrombie. In addition he invested some time to write music and composed numerous great pieces. This material serves the duet as the foundation of their repertoire which has a lyrical basic mood. It offers the two musicians exactly the right combination  of structure and open space. Thus Sauter and Schläppi distinguish themselves as specialists in melodiousness, subtlety and ease who find formal stringency even in long solos.






Press clips


John Abercrombie, 12.2005


«...Indian Summer is a wonderful recording. Great compositions, and playing, from two players who create a beautiful sound together. Not only is the playing great, but the recorded sound of the instruments makes it a pleasure to listen to. I hope to many times...»




    Highly recommended

Budd Kopman, Jazzpublisher, All about Jazz / US, 05.09.2006


«The delicate, intimate and compelling Indian Summer, by the guitar/bass duo of Tomas Sauter and Daniel Schlaeppi, is a most welcome release in these closing days of summer. The very sound of the recording is sensuous and surprisingly live, given it’s a studio effort. Special care was taken in every step of the process, starting with the recording by Benoit Piccand in Switzerland and ending with the mixing and mastering Jan Erik Kongshaug at Rainbow Studios (of ECM fame) in Oslo, Norway.

Playing totally acoustic with only a few overdubs, Sauter and Schlaeppi create an atmosphere full of spontaneity, love of life, and the joy of making music. They are playing just for you, and together they play with a single musical mind that truly lightens the heart. As John Abercrombie is quoted in the liner notes as saying, ‹Not only is the playing great, but the recorded sound of the instruments makes it a pleasure to listen to. I hope to many times.›

The compositions, mostly by Sauter, plus one by Rodgers and Hart (‹I Didn’t Know What Time It Was›) and two short freer pieces, have a vaguely American feel. There are intimations of Big Sky, some country and blues licks, but mostly the music manages to convey openness, simplicity and generosity of spirit. There is not one shred of cynicism, pseudo-hipness or fake coolness here, despite the sometimes intricate harmony and melody lines.

Perhaps it is the unamplified acoustic (nylon and steel-string) guitar played with the fingers, and the equally natural bass sound. Perhaps it is the truly amazing total empathy that Sauter and Schlaeppi have, the way they pass the musical baton back and forth, or how they give the music such life. Perhaps it is the combination of the intimacy from just two instruments and the large sound stage that the recording produces. Perhaps it is the mixture of apparent precision with little slides and buzzes left in to be heard.

Whatever it is, this music is beguiling and seducing for every one of its seventy minutes. Highly recommended.»



    «Without sentimentalism

Beat Blaser, music editor at DRS 2, in Radiomagazin 04/2006


Summer is still remembered, but rising fogs already let you have a presentiment of what is to come: indian summer. The music of Tomas Sauter (g) from Biel and the Bernese Daniel Schläppi (b) just sounds like this. Intimate and contemplative sounds far from any sentimentalism. Music which transfers the warmth of late summer into cold winter evenings. Quiet, yet intensive musical dialogues of two experts: better than sitting by the fireside.»




«Distinct sound

Bieler Tagblatt, 01.29.2006


‹Indian Summer› speaks for itself and convinces with its quality. [...] The pieces on ‹Indian Summer› make it evident why Abercrombie was very pleased with it. The ‹contemporary chamber music› of Sauter and Schläppi sparkles with delight of playing, knows to please with its lyrical basic mood and unveils a deep musical understanding between the guitarist and the bassist. Indeed, with Sauter and Schläppi two people have found each other in the truest sense of the phrase. [...] The sound of the recording is warm, very distinct and extremely voluminous - it lets one forget the ‹frugality› of a duo instrumentation. The credit for this goes to Jan Erik Konshaug, the sound engineer of Oslo's Rainbow Studio. He is a internationally renowned authority. Thus, the ECM label has its recordings mixed there, for instance.»



Jazz Notes / F, 05.2006


«Deux délicats musiciens, le premier guitariste, le second contrebassiste, proposent un CD absolument appréciable dès la première note. Ainsi présentent-ils des compositions qu’ils ont conçues d’une façon remarquable. Toutest empreintes de jolies mélodies où le charme est constant. Mettant en relief l’énorme talent qui les anime. Une prise de son remarquable digne d’ECM permet de découvrir la magnifique chaleur des instruments. Cet été indien est un ravissement avec des dialogues de la part des deux musiciens. Un très beau disque.»




«Not jazz for a change, but chamber music

Aargauer Zeitung, 11.02.2005


Bass player Daniel Schläppi is best known as an excellent jazz musician. Next sunday, though, he will play at the Praxiskeller Rothrist› at a morning performance with guitarist Tomas Sauter in a program of chamber music. This might well turn out to be a special treat for all music lovers.

Daniel Schläppi from Bern on bass and Tomas Sauter from Biel on guitar present  ‹short stories in contemporary chamber music›. Both artists have had their artistic training in jazz and can easily be counted among the best musicians in Switzerland on their respective instruments.
At the moment theiy are recording a CD for Radio DRS in Zurich and have booked a short tour in Switzerland with this material. On Sunday, February 13, at 11 AM at the Praxiskeller on Bernstrasse 81 in Rothrist there will be a morning performance with a program of contemporary chamber music.

At home in Europe's jazz clubs

Daniel Schläppi (born in 1968) can count about 270 concerts in Europe's most renowned jazz clubs. There are four CDs under his name as well as live concert recordings at the Radio-Studio in Zurich. He had had several concerts at the international Leverkusener Jazztage› and the ‹Street-Live›-Festival Leverkusen, at the Jazzfestspiele Bayreuth› as well as the jazz festivals of Mannheim and Cully. He also participated in the project  ‹Suisse Diagonales› (an exchange with musicians from the french speaking part of Switzerland). Schläppi also was member of different groups and displays a great activity in playing concerts. Apart from this he stands out as a musician and composer.
In 1996 the ‹Zofinger Tagblatt› wrote about him:  ‹The ‹kleine bühne zofingen› was turned into an intimate  ‹Elite-Jazzclub› for a couple of hours on Saturday. The trio once more proved that it is among the best in Swiss jazz...›.»




«Mutual understanding in duet

Zofinger Tagblatt, 17.02.2005


Bass player Daniel Schläppi from Bern and guitar player Tomas Sauter from Biel have their roots in a profound jazz education. They both have several years of performing with different groups at home and abroad to their credit. Recently they have founded a duet to present ‹short stories› in the setting of a  ‹contemporary chamber music›. ‹Reduce to the max› is one common slogan in public relations, but it can also be attributed to the concert program of their ongoing tour with a stop at the Praxiskeller Rothrist last Sunday morning.

The duet as the smallest unity of interplay and a concept of chamber music next to jazz standards and originals with plenty of improvisation demands an extreme mutual understanding to optimize a quiet and lyrically soft kind of music, which also demands an intuitive understanding of unfamiliar ground, a long way from mainstream, by the audience. Tomas Sauter conjured up new and unfamiliar worlds of sound with only three different kinds of guitars (steel, nylonstring and a specially constructed baritone-guitar) and only subtle amplification and the double bass of Daniel Schläppi drew the contours of the music in an excellent and complementing way.»




Budd Kopman, Jazzpublisher, All about Jazz / US, 06.2006


«Very concentrated and personal duets.»




Preview Program Teatro Dimitri Verscio, 10.2005


«The duet as the smallest unity of interplay and a concept of chamber music next to jazz standards and originals with plenty of improvisation demands an extreme mutual understanding to optimize a quiet and lyrically soft kind of music, which also demands an intuitive understanding of unfamiliar ground, a long way from mainstream.»




«Poetic debut CD»

Der Bund, 01.19.2006  

Guitarist Thomas Sauter and bassist Daniel Schläppi «succeed in producing a very poetic and melodious debut with ‹indian summer› […]. The American guitar player John Abercrombie who answered the reception of a demo CD with a statement in which the adjectives ‹wonderful and beautiful› follow each other shortly, can be agreed with without hesitation.»




Jussi Huolman, Jazzrytmit/Finland, 18.05.2006


«Seventy minutes of acoustic mood music, which is too well played te be just muzak. These compositions could be more than just one lesson in guitarartistry, and theory course for tuning.

Absolute favorite of mine ‹4000 Miles› (composed by Sauter) just popped out among compositions. A fine theme, in solo there is combined melody, dissonance, blues an bright sounds in upper register. Also cool bendings in ¼ time! Also involved is ‹rough› guitar plucking. At times a repeated section, where a guitar arpeggio an disorderly guitar sound is followed by contrabass player’s glissandos; this all tie the different parts of the composition together.

Another favorit solo of mine is in the composition ‹Flytoget› (composed by Sauter). Excellent guitar runnings over the top of simple tone shaking. In addition to that a melodic bass solo.» (translation by Timo Manelius, Kerava)