Unit records

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Unit records
Active years Since 1983
founder Jürg Solothurnmann, Hans Kennel, Paul Haag, Urs Blöchlinger
Seat Bern , Switzerland
Website http://www.unitrecords.com
Genre (s) jazz

Unit Records is a Swiss jazz label that has existed since 1983.


In 1983 the Swiss jazz musicians Jürg Solothurnmann , Hans Kennel , Paul Haag and Urs Blöchlinger launched the label as a “platform for innovative musicians on the German-speaking Swiss scene”; they oriented themselves to the label Plainisphare , the musicians from the Romandie supported. Initially, albums were released from projects by the label founders such as the Alpine Jazz Herd , the Uepsilon group and the jazz community . Unit concentrated its activities in particular on music, which was then classified as "New Jazz", such as that produced in Zurich in the "Workshop for improvised music" there.

In 1991 the later director of Pro Helvetia , Pius Knüsel, took over the management of the label. From 1996 Lucas Niggli headed its activities. Then Unit Records was integrated into the structures of the Swiss Music Syndicate until a group around Harald Haerter took over the label in 2005 .

Musicians and music groups

In addition to the founders, the following musicians and music groups have released records on the Unit Records label : David Brito , Braff / Oester / Rohrer , Jean-Paul Brodbeck , Jan Galega Brönnimann , Christine Corvisier , Fischermanns Orchestra , Joy Frempong , Wädi Gysi , Andrea Janser , Lucerne Jazz Orchestra , Hilaria Kramer , Tommy Meier , Philippe Micol , Claudio Puntin , Remo Rau , Rusconi , Hanna Schörken , Christophe Schweizer , Matthias Spillmann , Straymonk , VEIN and Colin Vallon . In recent years, the label has increasingly opened up to musicians from other countries such as Tim Allhoff , Max Andrzejewski , Pol Belardi , Izabella Effenberg , Leonhard Huhn , Larry Porter , Lorenz Raab , Nina Reiter , Malte Schiller , Matthias Schwengler , Matthias Schriefl / Tamara Lukasheva , Judi Silvano or Tobias Wember .


Bruno Spoerri (Ed.): Jazz in Switzerland. History and stories. Chronos-Verlag, Zurich 2005, pp. 188f.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Unit Records. discogs, accessed January 30, 2016 .
  2. ^ Unit Records Catalog. Unit Records, archived from the original on February 21, 2016 ; accessed on January 30, 2016 .