JBBG Jazz Bigband Graz

Urban Folk Tales - CD

  • Format: CD
  • Cat No.: ACT 9528-2
  • Barcode: 614427952820
  • German Release: 27/04/2012
  • Genre: Bigband

"Ein Erdbeben in der Bigband-Klanglandschaft.“ (laut.de)
Die Jazz Bigband Graz hat einen unverkennbaren Gruppenklang mit hohem Elektro-Anteil und Drum’n’Bass-Ästhetik. In sechs vielschichtigen Stücken entsteht auf Urban Folktales ein Gesamtkunstwerk, das an konzeptioneller Klarheit wie stilistischer Vielfalt im Bereich orchestraler Jazz international eine Benchmark setzt.

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There were times when big bands were a defining part of our society’s musical cultural scene. Today only a few jazz big bands exist, and it appears the reasons for this change are not artistic, but rather financial. In Germany public radio stations are responsible for the funding of big bands, and in France the Orchestre National de Jazz sets the standard. Meanwhile in Austria, one ensemble has shown above all others that orchestral concepts are far from exhausted: the JBBG - Jazz Bigband Graz. Finding audience appeal and new ways to attract listeners is the motto of the JBBG bandleader saxophonist Heinrich von Kalnein and trumpeter Horst-Michael Schaffer. They have won acclaim for their concept of not sticking to the traditional scheme of orchestral and solo passages, but rather creating a clear ensemble sound, which is strongly influ...

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JBBG - Jazz Bigband Graz directed by
Heinrich von Kalnein & Horst-Michael Schaffer
Theo Bleckmann / vocals (02 & 03)
Nguyên Lê / guitars & e-bow (01, 03 & 06)
Gianluca Petrella / trombone (04)
Verneri Pohjola / trumpet (02)
Hadja Kouyaté / vocals (05)

Recording Information

All compositions by Horst-Michael Schaffer and Heinrich von Kalnein

Produced by Heinrich von Kalnein & Horst-Michael Schaffer
Co-Producer: Gregor Hilbe
Executive Producer: Siggi Loch

Cover art © 2011 Philip Taaffe, Panel With Row Ornament
Mixed media on wood, ACT Art Collection