"Der Jazz lebt hier wieder: Heinz Sauer, der Altmeister des Saxofons, trifft Michael Wollny, eine Hoffnung des Piano-Jazz in Deutschland"
Vierteljahrespreis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik 2/2005
It’s a very special kind of meeting, a leap across the generation divide: Melancholia documents the creative collaboration between one of the most important influences on post-war jazz and one of the greatest talents of the new breed of jazzers in Germany: Heinz Sauer and Michael Wollny.In the eternal discussion about how much virtuosity is required before it becomes an end in itself and overpowers expression, Heinz Sauer is certainly not a participant. The Frankfurt saxophonist is so obviously one of the major expressive players of the current scene that it would be wrong even to start considering such questions. Technique is there and will clearly be demonstrated in his approach – you need just to hear his overtone playing to confirm that – but it is not just treated in its own right, and rather is used to celebrate the sound and the...line up
Recorded and Mastered by Adrian von Ripka at Bauer Studios, Ludwigsburg, Germany on October 11 - 12, 2004, 24 bit digital recording and mastering
Produced by Siegfried Loch