Rockin' Blues and Boogieman from Switzerland
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Nico Brina is one of Europe's top-class Boogie Woogie and Blues pianists. After more than 3'000 concerts in 19 countries and numerous awards (Prix Walo 1995, entry in the Guinness Book of Records 1996, guest performance at the Olympic Games in Athen 2004, nomination for the German Records Award 2014), Brina celebrated his 35th stage anniversary in 2019 and ended the year with a brilliant performance at an international Boogie festival in French Normandy. Now the road to success continues with his new record "Lucky Blues Travelers".
Nico Brina releases his 18th album and again he is celebrating an anniversary: the Swiss piano virtuoso has been on the road with drummers Charlie Weibel and Tobias Schramm for exactly 20 years. Reason enough to dedicate an album to these two renowned drummers. On this occasion, Brina called all his faithful backing musicians (the "Lucky Blues Travelers") into the studio and produced an album full of contrasts, which will thrill Boogie fans as well as Blues freaks and Rock'n'Roll lovers.
15 of total 20 tracks have been recorded exclusively for the production, and 5 are from previous albums. Exactly half of the songs are original compositions, this proud mix has always been immortalize the songs perfectly, when he lets the two jubilant drummers play 10 matching numbers each and also puts all the other musicians in the right style: Corinne Wenger (guest singer), his brother Raffael Brina (second voice and choir), Michael Brand (flugelhorn), Bruno Kyburz (saxophone and clarinet), Pete Borel and Lucky Wüthrich (guitar), Pät and Eisse Hommes (double bass), Vincent Lachat (trombone) and Rolf Häsler and Frithjof Gaenger (saxophone).
With all its variety, dynamics and depth, "Lucky Blues Travelers" is goodtime-music that makes you happy even when the blues sometimes get the upper hand. Nico Brina sounds credible in every moment, firstly because he feels "like a happy ol' boy" and gratefully gives room to his long-time friends, and secondly because he does what he can do, and with age even better: "real music for real people!".
Handmade music from real people for real people, paired with Brina's boundless reservoir of talent and stage experience: a guaranty for timeless musical pleasure! Text by Richard Koechli
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