For more than thirty years now Peter Schärli has been performing on stage. Here in Switzerland, of course, and in surrounding Europe, but also at festivals across half the globe, in Asia, Africa, and South America. This continuous success has its reasons, which are simple and very Swiss. Peter Schärli (like several other Swiss: Roger Federer, Stephan Eicher, Roman Signer) delivers constant high-level quality. And it is one of the comforting insights on our existence that often continuous excellence sooner or later prevails.
It is this continuity which is the hallmark of Schärli's endeavours and of the quality of his bands. He is not in the category of whooshing high-flyers cherished by the mainstream. He is more of a slow burner and focuses on the elementary and the comprehensible, which has a more sustainable impact than some overly intellectual or eccentric art project done for the sake of the project itself. "(...) I prefer being an uncommon common musician to being a common uncommon one."
Schärli's jazz is wonderfully unexcited; hyping is just as alien to him as desperate striving for what has supposedly never before been heard.
Great honour for Swiss jazz musician Peter Schärli: his album "O Grande Amor", featuring his trio and the Brazilian singer Ithamara Koorax, was pre-nominated for the Grammy awards for the best vocal jazz album of 2011. (...) The pre-nomination is no first for Schärli. The album's predecessor, entitled "Obrigado Dom Um Romão", was pre-nominated for the Grammys three years ago.
What good can come out of a nondescript Swiss village like Schötz? Well, Schärli's good music does. I will never solve the conundrum of how, with that plain, straight, terse trumpet sound of his, he manages to strike all melancholy chords inside me.
30 years Peter Schärli and Thomas Dürst - 25 years Peter Schärli and Glenn Ferris