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