Jochen Feucht Quartett
Open Time

J4E 4778
Jochen Feucht (ss & Bassetthorn), Olaf Polziehn (p), Christian Ramond (b),
Alan Jones (dr), Stephanie De Secondi (cello on tracks 4, 5 and 10)

Recorded 22.-24.08.2005 in Köln, Sendesaal Deutschlandfunk

"Open Time" is the fourth CD of the sax and clarinet player and composer Jochen Feucht, who lives in Stuttgart, Germany. He was born in Biberach/Riss in 1968, he took lessons in classical clarinet, went on to study with Andy Scherrer and the Swiss Jazz School in Berne, and he was a member of the Bundesjazzorchester (the jazz orchestra of the Federal Republic of Germany) under the baton of Peter Herbolzheimer for two years.

His previous CD productions ("Warm Jazz" 1994, "Signs On Lines" 1997, "Sine qua non" 2001) were recorded with the help of Bert Joris, Thomas Stabenow, Wolfgang Haffner, Olaf Polziehn, Christian Ramond and Jochen Rückert. The CDs caused critics and musicians to characterize Jochen Feucht’s oeuvre as follows: “A warm saxophone sound and mature compositions”, “absolute belief in beautiful melodies”, “highly differentiated soundscapes designed with imagination; they are of high aesthetic value”, unadulaterated music, wonderful melodies … a joy for everyone who loves jazz” (Roman Schwaller), “free of the usual jazz showmanship .. not often found in our times” (Peter Herbolzheimer), “ a new and very luminous stone in the young European jazz mosaic” (Ralf Dombrowski); Harald Rehmann said in the Deutschlandfunk (an important German radio station): “Jochen Feucht convinces not only as a technically excellent player, but also because of the emotional intensity of his sophisticated arrangements.”

"Open Time", a coproduction with Deutschlandfunk, unites Jochen Feucht with two longterm musical partners: the pianist Olaf Polziehn, recently characterized by the newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau as “one of the most interesting piano players of the last years”, and Christian Rammond, one of the most sought after bass players of the German jazz scene; Rammond worked with musicians like Philippe Catherine, Tomasz Stanko, and Kenny Wheeler. Alan Jones, the Portland, Oregon, based drummer, is a true stroke of luck for the quartet. He played with Dave Holland, Steve Coleman, George Garzone, Ralph Towner, and Andrew Hill, to name just a few.

Due to their subtle interplay in the quartet, the musicians create a soundscape that combines density and intensity with openness, freedom, and time. With the exception of an intimate duo version of Keith Jarrett’s “Tabarka”, the repertoire consists of Jochen Feucht’s own compositions exclusively: modern, melodic European jazz with American roots and clearly discernable influences of classical music. These classical influences are easily heard in some of the compositions as well as in the usage of the seldom heard basset horn (similar to the alto clarinet) and in the guest performance of the cello player Stephanie De Secondi.

Thomas Dworschak described the "quietly smiling elegance" of the Jochen Feucht Quartet and summed it up in the following way: "This is the timeless modern spirit doing the right thing by restricting itself to creating pure music.”