ECHO Jazz 2012 Big Band Album des Jahres: Joachim Kühn +
hr-Bigband At Jazzfest Berlin "Out Of The Desert"
Frankfurt Radio Bigband - hr-Bigband
composed & arranged
JAZZ4EVER-Records J4E 4797 Rel.: 20. April 2012
Heinz-Dieter Sauerborn, Florian Trübsbach, Tony Lakatos,
Matthias Erlewein,Rainer Heute (reeds)
Tobias Weidinger, Thomas Vogel, Martin Auer, Axel Schlosser (trumpets)
Günter Bollmann, Peter Feil, Christian Jakso, Ed Partyka (trombones)
Martin Scales (g)
Peter Reiter (p, e-p)
Thomas Heidepriem (b)
Jean-Paul Höchstädter (dr)
Oliver Leicht (cl, cond)
has played saxophone and clarinet in the HR Big Band
since 2005. In 2009 he was chosen to write a program of
music for the band as a part of the “Inner Voices”
concert series. For the rehearsals and concerts he
swapped his chair in the saxophone section for the
conductors podium. In addition to conducting the band he
contributed his clarinet playing to the performances.
The result of that project can now be heard on the CD
“composed & arranged”. Nine original compositions from
Oliver Leicht performed by one of today’s top big bands.
In the words of Oliver Leicht: “It was a great feeling
to be able to write music for such excellent musicians
that I know so well and work with every day.
Some of the compositions have already been recorded by
my Octet [Acht.], but the colours and textures of the
Frankfurt Radio Big Band opened up new dimensions that
are simply not possible with the smaller ensemble.”
It is not just the wealth of orchestral colours and
textures that make this recording special, it is also
the way that Oli Leicht writes for the soloists of the
Frankfurt Radio Big Band. He finds fitting environments
for every soloist and gives them room to shine.
Excellent soloists, a great band and wonderful
compositions from Oliver Leicht combine to make this one
of the most important large ensemble releases of 2012.