Oliver Leicht

J4E 4779
Oliver Leicht (as, cl), Norbert Scholly (g), Ingmar Heller (b),
Jens Düppe (dr), Christine Chapman (fr-h, track 05),
Rohan Richards (fr-h, tracks 03, 05, 06, 08, 09),
Christian Jaksjö (euph, bar, tracks 01, 02, 04, 07), Steve Trop (tb),
Ed Partyka (b-tb, tuba)

Tracks 03, 05, 06, 08, 09 recorded August 2003 at the
Musik-Akademie Kürnbach by David Sasowski and
tracks 01, 02, 04, 07 April 2006 at Hansahaus-Studios, Bonn by Oliver Bergner


[Acht.] – this is not only the title of Oliver Leicht´s newest CD, but also the name of his ensemble. The saxophone and clarinet player is well-known for numerous CDs and concerts with big bands like the Sunday Night Orchestra, Peter Herbolzheimer´s Rhythm Combination & Brass, Bob Brookmeyer´s New Art Orchestra and from 2005 on with the HR Big Band.

With this CD [Acht.] the musician presents himself for the first time as composer and arranger.

The unusual instrumentation, a jazz quartet plus a brass section, produces a big and yet subtle sound, which goes beyond the scope of a traditional jazz octet. With [Acht.] Oliver Leicht built up an ensemble, which is able to realise complex arrangements as well as improvise like a small band. So his ensemble doesn´t fit in common schemes. It changes between big and small, arrangement and improvisation between form and freedom.

[Acht.] is best described as "two times four".

The quartet around Oliver Leicht, with Norbert Scholly (g), Ingmar Heller (b) and Jens Düppe (dr), and a second quartet of brass players with Christine Chapmann (fr-h), Rohan Richards (fr-h), Christian Jaksjo (euph, bs), Steve Trop (tb) and Ed Partyka (b-tb, tuba).

All musicians are playing in various other bands, for example Till Brönner, the Geir Lysne´s Listening Ensemble, Bob Brookmeyer´s New Orchestra, musikfabrik, the Vienna Art Orchestra, the Ensemble Modern and the Big Bands of the HR, WDR and NDR.

Also this various influences create the interesting and complex sound pattern, which makes his recordings so exciting.