PETER LANDIS Saxophonist

Experts in Newspapers

Neue Luzerner, Switzerland
"Music for Soprano-, Tenor & Bass Saxophone"
is how Peter Landis describes his new CD, Ventoso. Here he presents the three instruments in different combinations. What should sound like simple "playing" is presented, through multi-track recording, as extraordinarily perfect work. Ventoso comes across as a statement of creative virtuosity and first class work. There are 17 compositions, ranging from 22 seconds to 5:38 min. Not one presents as a mere demonstration of musical dexterity. Creativity and a sense of melody are always in the lead. Ventoso is a Jazz recording that clearly stands out above the average.

The Newspaper, USA
Stephan Grieder/Peter Landis. Music for Organ & Saxophone
The organ/saxophone combination of organist Grieder and saxophonist Landis is as much edgy and tense as it is comtemplative. At certain points the two decide to slow the pace a little.
Grieder is definitely the leader of the session, as the entire record was taped at various churches throughout Switzerland, some grand, others small. Landis is superb, twirling, spiraling, circular motions on his sax. Tom Sekowski

Aargauer Zeitung, Switzerland
Ventoso, the new CD from saxophonist Peter Landis, proves that solo jazz music can be more than a minuscule monologue. The seventeen compositions reflect diverse themes of the wind, "blowing" in clever arrangements. Inspired mixing takes us on a journey from pure solo to a saxophone sextette. From A to Z, Ventoso, presents a convincing Opus Magnum of jazz.

Cadence USA, Robert Iannapollo
is another improvising trio from Switzerland with a decidedly different instrumentation. Saxophonist Peter Landis does indeed specialize in the bass sax; when he's blowing on his horn it becomes a mighty beast. But he's also playing tenor and soprano and that lightens and diversifies the sonic palette considerably. Acoustic bassist Herbert Kramis sticks exclusively to his instrument but his high-end harmonics and deft plucking and snapping of strings utilize the instrument's extended range. The ringer of this group is electric bassist Jan Schlegel whose instrument functions as both a gitar and a bass gitar. He also occasionally functions as arhythm player employing some judicious strumming, most obviously on Landis' ¾ "Breve Reponse“. It sounds like he has a six string bass because his range can get very high...
...There's a nice variety of textures in the music of tresbass especially when Jan Schlegel employs his electronics. Landis sounds great on all three of his horns but it's his basssaxophon that seems most designed for this group. There's a raucous energy on Filderen that's quite appealing and within that energy there's an implicit humor as well. Tresbass is a unique group that doesn't sound quite like anyone else. Robert Iannapollo, Cadence USA.

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