CD 096
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The Ralph Reichert / Jerry Tilitz Quintet

Ralph Reichert - tenor saxophone
Jerry Tilitz - trombone, vocals
Enno Dugnus - piano
Joachim Gerth - bass
Björn Lücker - drums
01 Nik’s Got The Knack  
02 Crazy Rhythm  
03 Lush Life  
04 Bajan Bacchanal  
05 Blues In The Closet  
06 Yesterdays  
07 Alfie  
08 Red, White And The Blues  
09 Nik’s Got The Knack (alternate take)  
Recorded on January 27 to 30, 2002 at Birdland Jazzclub, Hamburg.

This album is very much inspired by the famous recording ›At the Opera House‹ from Stan Getz and J. J. Johnson. To make a ballad album, like their mutual heroes in 1957, was a matter of heart, after saxophonist Ralph Reichert and tromboner Jerry Tilitz performed together nearly in an impromtu situation on the bandstand. They both felt very comfortable to dare start such a tender kind of project. The repertory is an all-time top selection: Crazy Rhythm, Blues in the Closet, Yesterdays, all three lend from the ›Opera House‹ album, plus Lush Life, Alfie and the three Tilitz originals Nik’s got the Knack, Bajan Bacchanal and Red, White and the Blues. Besides the instrumental mastery of the two leaders, it is an opportunity to discover the gifted voice that Jerry Tilitz has.

Hamburg-based tenor saxophonist Ralph Reichert is a melodic player with a fine sense of the dramatic. Energetic and swinging at times, tender and heartfelt at others, he is filled with a positive energy, and the depth in expression he is able to create is really flamboyant. Playing a modern saxophone between Coltrane, Getz and Brecker – however, his style, colors and time are already unique. Easily he switches between rock, soul, rhythm & blues, bebop and free jazz. Reichert’s talent and crossover credentials are evident in his playing on the following CDs: ›Mister 2500 Live at Birdland‹ by genius blues-guitar hero Cornell Dupree, ›Solidarity‹ (ACT) with trumpet-player Jack Walrath (the famous Charles Mingus alumni) and on his latest release ›Reflections – Ralph Reichert Quartet with Randy Sandke‹ (Nagel Heyer Records 2050) with the first-class American trumpeter. From time to time he joins the bands of Roman Schwaller (Vienna Art Orchestra) and the Austrian ›King of Guitar‹ Karl Ratzer. He also plays an important part in the ›Turner Hendrickxs Group‹, that further explores the footsteps of John Scofield and Joe Lovano. Ralph Reichert is going to release a new CD called ›ZAT‹ (with American top-drummer Brian Melvin) soon.

The American tromboner and singer Jerry Tilitz from New York City gained large international reputation by his technically superb and musically highly delightful style, excellent taste and kicking performances. Jerry Tilitz draws beautiful traditional jazz, bebop, post-bop and funk out of his knapsack like the magician the famous hare out of his black top hat. The names that drop, when he starts to tell with whom he had shared the bandstand is sound: Gerry Mulligan, Horace Parlan, Hank Jones, Roy Eldridge, Benny Bailey, Herb Geller, Tommy Flanagan, Warren Vaché, Randy Brecker, Elvin Jones, Lonnie Plaxico, Bill Mays and Randy Sandke. After studying with jazz luminaries Lennie Tristano and bebop-trombone legend Curtis Fuller he earned his first merits in Billy Taylor’s ›Jazzmobile Big Band‹ in Manhattan. Jerry Tilitz found a second home in New York’s vibrant club and recording scene. Tilitz taught jazz theory and analysis at Queensboro College in New York and received a grant for composition and performance from the prestigious ›U.S. National Endowment for the Arts‹. Later on he was asked to become trombone teacher at the Rotterdam Conservatorium. Nowadays Jerry Tilitz’ home is New York and Hamburg. He, therefore, is ›An American in Hamburg‹, the name of his program on Hamburg’s long-gone radio station ›Jazz Welle Plus‹, that he hosted. Three critically acclaimed albums – ›The New York Tapes‹, featuring Tom Harrell, Bob Moses and Billy Hart, ›The Dance of the Living Room Sofas‹, featuring Don Braden and Lonnie Plaxico (both albums on Both Feet Records), and ›Tales of Two Cities‹, featuring Horace Parlan, Adam Nussbaum, Bill Mays and Jimmi Roger Petersen (Bellaphon) – have underlined his reputation. Delicate and unconventional is the jazz of Jerry Tilitz, whose musical heroes are Strawinsky, J.J. Johnson, Charlie Parker, Hindemith, Berg, Sonny Rollins and Thelonious Monk.

Tilitz and Reichert were both very satisfied being backed by an extraordinarily tough rhythm section during their nights at ›Birdland Jazzclub‹: Pianist Enno Dugnus, who is the man behind the ›Three Most Wanted Women in Blues‹, a very delicious blues show, and who performed with James Moody, Ken Peplowski, Joris Dudli, and accompanied German actor Dominique Horwitz in his Jacques Brel tribute. Then we have Joachim Gerth, well-known upright bassist, who has a broad understanding of classical and jazz music. Drummer Björn Lücker was a founding member of the avantgarde-jazz combo ›Triocolor‹ and has hit the bars behind Anthony Braxton, Attila Zoller, Jimmy Woode, Ken Peplowski, Benny Bailey, Nils Landgren, Joe Gallardo, Bill Ramsey, to mention just a few. 

Price 14.99 EURO


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