Michael Lutzeier: Music 4 Food

Michael Lutzeier

Music 4 Food
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Michael Lutzeier (bs)
Steve McKenna (g)
Henning Sieverts (b)
Falk Willis (dr)

Recorded at Realistic Sound Studio Munich on 3/18/1998
Engineered by Florian H. Östreicher,
mixed on 5/29/1998 by Florian H. Östreicher und Michael Lutzeier


After records with the Bobby Burgess Big Band, Dusko Goykovich International Band, Thomas Bendzko`s Circles, the Jason Seizer Sextett, Adrian Mears` ACE, Al Porcino, the Munich Jazz Ensemble and many others, JAZZ4EVER is presenting the longed-for debut album of the Munich baritone saxophone player Michael Lutzeier.

For "fine listeners", so the Süddeutsche Zeitung`s review of a performance of Michael Lutzeier with Tom Harrell, and that is also true for the nine tracks (among them three originals) of this album. It merges different varieties of the ample jazz styles - modern, straight ahead, latin, tin pan alley, cool, bebop, acoustic-, and that`s exactly why there arises an identificable sound. The common roots of this quartet with the not costumary instrumentation are the combination of playing enthusiasm, audible in this studio record of a March afternoon, and the discipline to play the finely chased arrangements.

The outstanding and most demanded musicians, drummer Falk Willis, the Australian guitar talent Steve McKenna and the best known bass player Henning Sieverts harmonize with the "narrative ability" (Süddeutsche Zeitung) of the leading baritone voice; together they leave a distinctive mark on the music.

The most important element is, of course, the improvisation, here, deliberately subdivided in traditional chorusses. "He`s a real bopper", so Greg Tardy of the young baritone player. Nevertheless the compositions "Reminiscing" and "Music4Food" clearly show south American influences.

Oddmeter-grooves (Alone Together), uptempo bop (Tricotism), "never-heard" pearls of the Great Real American Songbook (Nobody Else) and nearly chamber-music-like sounds lend the album a pleasant and varied lightness.

The "Augsburger Allgemeine" said to the CD`s presentation:"....a fantastic, mellow atmosphere, fulfilling all wishes of fine jazz lovers".