Peter Schärli: Don't Change Your Hair For Me



... Peter Schärli is always a bit of a delicate spirit in hiking boots, a "vitalist" with a preference for nuanced fractalisation and shadings and for lyricalities. Here he exaggerates understatement. He recedes into succinctness, arranges himself, mostly with a velvety fluegelhorn potrato, into the quartet's most intimate realm, and in this way the enterprise develops into a completely surprising, fresh, novel and simultaneously familiar kind of chamber music. Schärli's trumpet would say: a kind of intimate artistry born from the resurrected spirit of Chet Baker.  Peter Schärli, Sandy Patton, Antonia Giordano and Thomas Dürst:  These four transform titles like "Peace", "Lazy Afternoon", "Nature Boy", "My Funny Valentine" into a magical cabaret. The group calls itself "Don't Change Your Hair For Me", and this name, too, was not invented , but found. It originates from the middle part of Lorenz Herts / Richard Rodgers' "My funny Valentine". "Is your figure less than Greek? / Is your mouth a little weak? / When you open it to speak are you smart? / But don't change your hair for me / Not if you care for me / Stay little Valentine, stay...".

You can't palm this music off even as passable lyrics to someone who is half in their right mind; but by all the gods of Greece and Hollywood, it becomes art when it's Chet Baker, whose melody lingers on, and this goes for Peter Schärli and Sandy Patton as well. Who know what alchimist's secret is behind this transformation from shit into gold?
Peter Rüedi - April 20th 1995


...This is a very subtile cd that Peter Schärli has presented us with here. No rough swaggering around; instead lots of feeling; peaceful sliding along. The interpreters take their time to develop these pieces, to let them mature - and prove good timing in the doing, an intuitive sense for the right sound at the right time.

Meinrad Buholzer, Luzerner Neueste Nachrichten, June 10th, 1995


..."Don't Change Your Hair For Me" makes the discrete charm of understatement ring.

Tom Gsteiger, Der Bund, 20. Mai 1995, Bern


...Peter Schärli impresses with fine nuances and on the trumpet and flugelhorn and delivers a velvety soft, ballad-friendly ambience, reminiscent Chet Baker; with his rich contrabass, Thomas Dürst builds the foundation without which none of this could be, and Antonia Giordano confidently follows instincts to fill gaps and to put her guitar in the place that serves the group best. But the key to the success of this extremely delicate project is the American singer Sandy Patton. She has a unique flair for making trivial texts, wich are the basic of most songs in the "Great American Songbook", into real treasures. "Don't Change Your Hair For Me" doesen's appeal mainly to experienced jazz freaks, but to everyone who has kept an ear open for the refinements of quiet music.

Ulrich Roth, Jazzpodium 12/1995, Stuttgart, D