Tony Lakatos / Axel Schlosser
Heinz-Dieter Sauerborn /
Günter Bollmann

Let's Get Lost - The music
of Jimmy Mc Hugh



J4E 4774

Tony Lakatos (ts), Axel Schlosser (tp), Heinz-Dieter Sauerborn (as), Günter
Bollmann (tb), Orrin Evans (p), Ugonna Okegwo (b), Donald Edwards (dr) 

Recorded May 28, 2004 at Systems Two Recording Studios, N. Y. by Joe Marciano. Mastered by
Rainer Schulz at Hessischer Rundfunk, Hörfunkstudio II.

 

"I Can’t Give You Anything But Love", "Diga Diga Do", "I Love To Whistle", "I Couldn’t Sleep A Wink Last Night", "Exactly Like You", "Don’t Blame Me", "On The Sunny Side Of The Street", and "I’m In The Mood For Love" - every jazz fan knows these titles and others like them. They all share one thing: their composer was Jimmy McHugh. He was born in Boston on July 10, 1895, i.e. he could have celebrated his 110th birthday this year. Jimmy McHugh was a very talented composer; he worked with Dorothy Fields and Jerome Kern at the beginning of his career. In his lifetime he wrote 279 songs in all areas of popular music: for the Cotton Club, for vaudeville theatre revues, for films, for Broadway and Hollywood musicals. He never won a price, but he left a cornucopia of wonderful songs that made him into one of the Great American Songwriters and, consequently, introduced him into the "Songwriters Hall Of Fame".

"Let‘s Get Lost …. between Frankfurt and New York" would have been a more precise title for this CD. . "Let‘s Get Lost" is also a composition by Jimmy McHugh; Peter Feil wrote new arrangements for it and seven additional McHugh compositions to pay tribute the master composer Jimmy McHugh. Trumpet player Terence Blanchard was the last musician to do so; he, too, called his album published in the year 2000 "Let‘s Get Lost" to pay his respect to the great compositions of Jimmy McHugh.

A front line consisting of Tony Lakatos, Axel Schlosser, Heinz-Dieter Sauerborn and Günter Bollmann (all members of the Hessian Radio (hr) big band in Frankfurt) flew to New York—with Peter Feil’s arrangements in their baggage. Tony Lakatos provided the idea for recording the McHugh titles; his reasoning was: “If four hr musicians go to New York, they should do some recording, too. He knows many colleagues who live in New York, e.g. the drummer Donald Edwards. Lakatos and Edwards had toured in Japan together a few years ago. Donald Edwards organized the rest of the rhythm group (Orrin Evans and Ugonna Okegwo). Thus, a very spontaneous session happened between musicians from Frankfurt, Germany, and musicians from New York City belonging to the sphere of the Charlie Mingus Big Band; all of them are seasoned musicians known far beyond the city limits of New York. And it all came to pass in a first rate studio, the "Systems Two Recording Studios". After seven hours (counting the Thai dinner) alle titles had been recorded; all of the mare first or second takes.
This album does justice to Jimmy McHugh, whose name may not be as well known as the names of other composers in the Great American Songbook.


The Frankfurt musicians


Tony Lakatos (ts) – he was born into the family of a famous Hungarian violinist, played tenor sax from the age of 15 on, has been a professional musician since 1977, studied at the Bela Bartók Conservatoire, moved to Germany in 1981, moved to Frankfurt and joined the hr Big Band in 1993, can be heard as a leader or sideman on about 220 LPs and CDs, tours and plays at festivals all over the world.

Axel Schlosser (tp) – flute and clarinette from the age of six years on, started playing the trumpet at the age of 12, joined the Bujazzo and the des JJO Baden-Württemberg at the age of 17, has many years of big band experince in numerous bands, lead several projects of his own in the field of Modern Jazz but also in New Orleans and Swing styles, played with famous colleagues like Clark Terry, Michael Brecker, Bobby Shew and others.

Heinz-Dieter Sauerborn (as) – sax from the age of 12, studied with Wolfgang Engstfeld at Cologne Conservatory in 1988, plays and played, to mention just a few, with Landesjugend Jazzorchester Hessen, Helen Schneider, Günter Lenz, Claudio Roditi, Benny Bailey, Don Menza, Bobby Shew, Frankfurt Jazz Big Band, Bobby Burgess Big Band Explosion, since 1993 lecturer at the Frankfurt Conservatory.

Günter Bollmann (tb) – piano lessons since the age of 10, picked up the trombone at 13, Bujazzo from 1989 to 1994, studied at the Cologne Coservatory with Prof. Jiggs Whigham, live gigs since 1996, CD and TV recordings with Peter Herbolzheimer, SWR Big Band, WDR Big Band, RIAS Big Band, Glenn Miller Orchester (Salden), Bobby Burgess Big Band Explosion, to name just a few.