| Manfred Leuchter Quintet "Arabesque"
Manfred Leuchter - accordion
Christoph Titz - trumpet
Heribert Leuchter - saxophone
Antoine Pütz - bass
Afra Mussawisade - drums
Manfred Leuchter plays the accordion –
the instrument with that unique sound that touches the soul with
a sense of cheerful melancholy. And there are just a handful of
musicians like Leuchter around that are capable of taking the audience
with them to wonderful musical landscapes that have something of
a natural wilderness, but are at the same time soft and sweet.
Since the late 70s, Manfred Leuchter has been working as composer,
songwriter and producer for i.e. Taco and Ina Deter, during the
while he was also performing for numerous live and studio sessions.
Ever since 1992, he has been arranging and producing all of Reinhard
Mey’s albums, with whom he occasionally enters centre stage for
live concerts or TV appearances – equipped with his accordion, naturally.
Additionally, Leuchter has made himself a name as composer and producer
for a countless number of movie and theatre scores.
The line-up of Leuchter’s band features a set of renowned jazz musicians.
The man on the saxophone, Heribert Leuchter, is
as a free-lance musician, composer and producer, whose work can regularly
be seen and heard on national radio and TV stations. He has written a number
of tunes for the immensely popular TV programme ”Die Sendung mit der Maus”.
Christoph Titz, the band’s trumpet player, has
been on tour with, e.g., Marla Glen and is a member of the TV-Band, with
nightly performances on the Harald Schmidt Show – Germany’s most favourite
Late Night programme.
A sophisticated virtuoso on the bass, Antoine Pütz
provides the band with a solid sound basis.
The band's drummer, Afra Mussavisade from Iran,
is a graduate from the
Rotterdam conservatoire and is specialst for African percussion and now
of the country's most popular drummers for studio sessions of worldmusic.
Leuchter is clearly a storyteller. Crafty and dynamically, and with an exuberant
joy in creating melodies, he is a breathtaking performer with a brilliant
technique and steadfast concentration. And his daring melody-lines can really
make your head spin. Leuchter is taking his audiences on musical journeys
– into the hot steaming mangrove swamps of Louisiana; into the hectic agonies
of Manhattan’s concrete canyons; and in the search for our true selves,
he allows us a glimpse through the back doors of a Himalayan temple. He
has us walking through an Oriental bazaar, like in a trance; finally taking
us down the steps to the riff-raff crowd of a dimly lit and boiling jazz
venue … Leuchter, who has travelled much in his life, easily blends all
of these imaginative intercontinental impressions in elaborate arrangements.
The Manfred Leuchter ensemble is musically a perfect match, coming up with
a wonderfully refined jazz patchwork. The technical transparency of the
band produces musical landscapes of fascinating complexity and variety.
Sabine Rother, Aachener Zeitung, Germany
”Leuchter has developed a style that is truly his own. In 2000, ‘Sparito’,
the debut album of the accordion player – who has already produced and arranged
a great number of songs and albums for various other artists – caught the
attention of the musical industry. With the whole world seemingly blowing
through his cunning cascades of sound, Leuchter daringly confronts us with
adventurous collages and burlesques, building up suspense, laying out soft
carpets of sound. Being a perfectionist himself, Manfred Leuchter has gathered
a group of outstanding musicians around him. Leuchter, the globetrotter
who is yet very much on the lookout for a place like home, is fascinated
by Marrakesh, he is in love with the Arabian nights and days flickering
in the heat. He is in love with the teller of fairytales and the snake charmer.
With increasing craftsmanship, Leuchter has learned to weave the magic of
that land into the ever changing ornaments of his music; therefore it is
only consistent that the title of his new album is ”Arabesque”. The images
have become even richer; they are powerful and sensitive, joyous and sad,
they are tender, yet they have a strong grip. Leuchter is simply playing
his music according to the way he sees the world: in a free spirit, but
with a strong sense of consequential discipline; his tone is humorous, but
he is very serious about it. His accordion sings, it talks, and it sighs.
And as Leuchter is well acquainted with all kinds of music, from Jazz and
Bebop all the way down to French Coffee House Music, and because he doesn’t
have a problem with adding endlessly meandering Arabic melodies to classical
themes, his music is always inspiring, constantly reinventing itself.
© Jûratë Kuèinskaitë
Umezu / Masahiko Satoh
Kazutoki Umezu - alt sax, soprano sax, clarinet, bass clarinet
Masahiko Satoh - jazz pianist, composer, arranger
Fredrik Nordström - ts,
Magnus Broo - tp,
Mattias Stahl - vib,
Filip Augustson - b,
Fredrik Rundqvist - dr
Myra Melford - piano, harmonium
Cuong Vu - trumpet
Stomu Takeishi - bass
Elliot Humberto Kavee - dr
Power Trio & Darius Èiuta
Juozas Milaðius - g
Skirmantas Sasnauskas - trombone
Arkady Gotesman - dr
Darius Èiuta - pc
Saadet Türköz - voc
Urs Leimgruber - sax
Jason Swinscoe - key, electronics
Phil France - double bass
Luke Flowers - dr
Steve Brown - key
Patrick Carpenter - turntables
Tom Chant - sax, horn
Michael Gassman - trumpet
Vincenzo Mingiardi - guitar
Roberto Bonati - double bass
Roberto Dani - drums