"This band just does everything right" wrote the Hamburger Abendblatt recently about the performance of the jazz-techno-big band phenomenon "Jazzrausch Bigband" in the sold-out Elbphilharmonie. The band unites party people and concert audiences performing at clubs, festivals and philharmonic halls. For their new Christmas album, the band leaves out all electronic elements and grooves they are usually known for - in favor of a classic, swinging big band sound, in the very tradition of swinging Christmas music, but, of course with their own sense of humour.
Jazzrausch Bigband has more or less invented a new art form, techno jazz, and has become well-known for performances of it. But the band also has another, different story to tell. It has invented its own tradition of hitting the road and touring at the end of each year with a programme consisting of Christmas music, and has been doing this ever since the band first emerged eight years ago. Bandleader and founder Roman Sladek explains: “Whereas our regular projects – the most recent album, ‘Emergenz’, is a good example – are all about working through a specific theme and finding new ways to reinvent ourselves, our Christmas thing is something we do for one reason alone: to have fun. It was our very first programme, we still love it, and we’re still nurturing, developing and growing it. Being able to devote one month a year entirely to t...line up
directed and produced by Roman Sladek
Traditional music arranged by Leonhard Kuhn
Cover art by Lena Maidl (sturmtiefdesign)
Recorded by Josy Friebel at Mastermixstudio, Unterföhring, August 2022
Mixed by Josy Friebel
Mastered by Umberto Echo