”Clockworks is a major achievement … a very structured and optimistic work that begins with permutations of abstract notes, runs through a series of upsetting variations and ends with a powerful, singing melody.”
– DownBeat editors’ pick
“… wonderful lyric suite, full of spirit and emotions … captivating pieces that are bursting with improvisational gift and polyrhythmic joy … to listen and listen again.”
– Dan Ouellette / ZealNYC
“Tenor saxophonist and composer Patrick Zimmerli has a natural affinity for changing complexities and formal convolutions.”
– WBGO Radio
“This quartet of modernists allows us to discover new ways of seeing jazz through an oblique prism and revolutionary angles of view. The unswerving authenticity of the group is remarkable; Clockworks is valuable, and simply shines with levitational synergy. Note: A+ “
– Jazz Trail
“Collection of songs whose melodies revolve around each other in a complicated way but always end up forming a smooth whole, like a well-oiled gear.”
“This composer and saxophonist explores an exhilarating style that combines the spontaneity and exuberance of jazz with the complexity and rigor of the modernist composers he admires.”
– The New Yorker
“The precise rhythms of Zimmerli … are reminiscent of Frank Zappa’s most classic songs.”
– NYC Jazz Record
“Whatever the level of melodic and rhythmic complexity of his compositions, this cerebral artist does not lose sight of the fact that music must touch the listener viscerally. Zimmerli’s music swinged! “
“A remarkable studio recording …. Listening to this record, Dali himself could not have painted a more appropriate portrait … “
– DownBeat Review
”Clockworks … is a work of incredible rhythmic and melodic complexity that does not overwhelm the listener but takes him on a journey. Zimmerli has created a singular voice that goes effortlessly from serial music composers to modern jazz. “
– Sneek City
“Could not recommend it more”
– WBGO Radio
“Critic’s Pick … I appreciate not only the complex network of mechanisms and levers in constant motion, but also the fascinating beauty of the whole, both in form and function. Using time as a base material, inspired by Zimmerli’s admiration for serial music composers, Clockworks is deep music, truly rooted in a jazz aesthetic that will appeal even to the most refractory listeners to mathematics. “
“What immediately piqued my interest in nerd having studied sound engineer is that the album was recorded not only in the studio, which is typical of jazz, but live on two tracks . Considering the quality of the sound and the mix, it’s an incredible achievement; we must congratulate the producer and the engineer. “
”Clockworks reveals a more mature Zimmerli who uses his early works as a starting point while skillfully weaving a quarter century of insight into an elegantly structured and expressive suite.”
– NYC Jazz Record
“Fabulous … innovative … exceptionally executed and rendered”
– Luxury Experience
Testimonials from Musicians
“Patrick Zimmerli will always be a monument in my life.”
Ethan Iverson about Clockworks in his blog
“Facing an incredible milkshake at Ceasar Palace dinner, Pat wrote me a voicing of McCoy Tyner on one of the restaurant’s paper placemats; I still have it and keep it preciously”
Recollections of John Hollenbeck of McDonalds’ High School Jazz Band, which can be read here
Interviews and Recent Writings
Interview on WWFM. Patrick Zimmerli’s interview with David Osenberg on the WWFM radio station is available on the “Cadenza” podcast.
Interview with Ethan Iverson. Zimmerli’s interview with pianist Ethan Iverson to read here: “Do the Math.”
Modes of Listening. Zimmerli’s article on how to listen to contemporary music is available on New Music Box.
Take Five with Patrick Zimmerli. Zimmerli’s interview about his career and his music on All About Jazz.
Esteemed Saxophonist / Composer Patrick Zimmerli plays ‘Clockworks’ at the Goldfish. Preview article on Zeal NYC by Dan Ouellette.
Review – Shores Against Silence
The Patrick Zimmerli Quartet (with Ethan Iverson, Chris Tordini and John Hollenbeck) creates a work inspired by his 1992 Quartet
~ Jazz Corner News, August 3, 2016
New York, NY – On September 10, 2016, at 19:00 at the Poisson Rouge, the Patrick Zimmerli Quartet, with Ethan Iverson, Chris Tordini and John Hollenbeck, will present Clockworks , the conclusion of a compositional arc initiated 25 years ago with the Recording of Shores Against Silence by Patrick Zimmerli’s original quartet.
Shores’ music is characterized by a very complex approach to rhythm, harmony and form, both imbued with the jazz tradition and moving away radically. The often extravagant and abstract music was still rooted in the melody and showed the composer’s non-musical inspirations, such as mythology, visual arts and literature – which was uncommon at the time.
After simplifying his style and focusing on writing music for classical ensembles of all sizes, then engaging in various genre mix adventures with collaborators ranging from Brad Mehldau to Luciana Souza, Zimmerli is coming back now his first aesthetic research in Clockworks , commissioned by Chamber Music America.
The renewed interest in Shores Against Silence – which, circulating in the form of an underground cassette in the early 1990s, has influenced musicians like Ethan Iverson, Joshua Redman and Rudresh Mahanthappa – prompted Songlines Recordings to commercialize music for the first time in next November; Clockworks , its counterpart, will be released in 2017.
This two-CD conversation between past and present, which spans a quarter century of artistic exploration, offers a unique perspective on the evolution of musical and artistic ideas, and the changes in society that sparked them.
Clockworks speaks of time scales: the time of a beat, a sentence, a movement, a piece and a piece of work, over a period of several decades. The piece itself is full of stylistic modulations; Hallucinatory abstraction and glorious melody alternate, cohabit and compete for first place. It is also characterized by an unusual dialogue between improvisation and composition: very composed passages and very free passages succeed each other. More generally, Clockworks reflects what life has been like in a changing social context from the late 1980s to the present day.