SummaryElsie Bianchi "Fly Me To The Moon" - Unreleased Swiss Radio Jazz 1960-62. Newly found treasures from the Swiss DRS Radio Archives: 12 previously unreleased tracks by the venerated piano player and singer Elsie Bianchi, produced with different musical formations between 1960-1962 for Radio Zurich and Radio Basel.
"Unreleased LP" following her great "Sweetest Sound" and "Atlantis Blues" albums, with fine arrangements for trio (with Siro Bianchi, Fritz Stähli or Kenny Schmidt) and even jazz orchestra on some recordings, including such greats as "I Remember Clifford", "But Not For Me", "Fly Me To The Moon", "Secret Love" and "Misty". Remastered from the original radio tapes at 24 bit/ 48 khz, comes in unique "old photo" cover with unreleased pictures from the vaults of Elsa and Siro Bianchi plus new liner notes.
The musical journeys of Elsa Bianchi-Brunner:
Awarded as a pianist on the first "Amateur Jazz Festival" Zurich in 1953, Elsie Brunner also impressed the audience there on accordion. Her brothers played trumpet, saxophone and other instruments in the musical family, but above all, collected all American jazz records they could find. As early as 1946 Elsie and her siblings were invited to an international accordion competition in Paris, where they won first prizes. In those early days there were also jam sessions in Zurich, from which Elsie should constitute her first own formation.
On bass and Clarinet was Siro Bianchi, whom she later married and with whom she moved to the United States in 1958 - first as music professionals, then as farm owners. Today Elsie and Siro Bianchi-Brunner live in Royston, Georgia. For the first time in 1958 the two traveled to the U.S. and had engagements in Palm Springs and Sun Valley from spring to autumn, along with an American drummer. They were also working together with other American jazz musicians now: Elsa and Siro played with Bob Cooper and his Allstar Ensemble at a session in Hermosa Beach and were good friends of Hampton Hawes, Pete Jolly and Curtis Counce.
Some words by Elsa Bianchi (November 2010):
"It's almost 50 years since we did these tapings at the radio studios in Zurich and Basel, which means I really do not remember too much about it. One thing stands out: You played live - it was taped or recorded with no corrections and no extra take - so you were careful and tried not to play too many wrong notes. But as far as I