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
Ed Partyka (b-tb, tuba)
Tracks 03, 05, 06, 08, 09 recorded August 2003 at the
Kürnbach by David Sasowski
tracks 01, 02, 04, 07 April 2006 at Hansahaus-Studios, Bonn by
[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
Peter Herbolzheimer´s Rhythm Combination & Brass, Bob
Brookmeyer´s New Art Orchestra and from 2005 on with the HR
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