From the rather limited musical and melodic scope of popular standards, jazz has evolved towards more ambitious and more individual compositions.
Quite frequently, folk music is used as an inspiration by jazz composers. This programme from Musica Helvetica offers three interesting attempts at creating musical images of Switzerland through the idiom of jazz.
1. Traditional band: Niene geits so schön und lustig
2. Heinz Bigler Quartet: Niene geits so schön und lustig
(Traditional Folksong, arr. H. Bigler)
Soundtrack from the "Emmental Film" by Bernhard Luginbühl
3. Jazz Group of Radio Geneva (feat. Benny Bailey, trumpet): Swiss Blue
4. George Gruntz Ensemble: Retraite céleste
Musica Helvetica MH 50. The Swiss Jazz Scene. Swiss Themes in Jazz. Produced 1973 for SBC / SRI by Lance Tschannen.