Christof Lauer © Norbert Guthier
CCJO & Christof Lauer - Petite Fleur
In October, the Cologne Contemporary Jazz Orchestra will host the legendary Frankfurt tenor and soprano saxophonist Christof Lauer. Under the direction of the arranger Rainer Tempel, whose works will be heard in the first part, Christof Lauer will present his tribute to the music of Sidney Bechet in the second part, which was premiered under the title Petite Fleur with the NDR Bigband and recorded for the label ACT. Sidney Bechet is regarded as one of the founding fathers of jazz, an unrivalled soprano saxophonist born in New Orleans in 1897, whose French-Creole-inspired compositions anticipated the stylistic openness of jazz.
All the more exciting is the interpretation of Christof Lauer, coming from Free Jazz, who has developed his own unmistakable sound language through his involvement with Albert Ayler and Stan Getz and his collaboration with the Frankfurt School around Albert Mangelsdorff and Heinz Sauer, as well as with American jazz musicians such as Peter Erskine and the French avant-garde around Michel Godard and Marc Ducret.
Direction / Arrangements: Rainer Tempel
Soloist: Christof Lauer (tenorsax, sopransax)
Trp: Jan Schneider, Christian Winninghoff, Matthias Knoop, Matthias Bergmann
TB: Peter Schwatlo, Andreas Schickentanz, Ben Degen, Wolf Schenk
Sax: Marko Lackner, Frank Sackenheim, Niels Klein, Matthew Halpin, Marcus Bartelt
Guitar: Johannes Behr
Piano: Jürgen Friedrich
Bass: Volker Heinze
Drums: Silvio Morger