Thursday, December 1, 2016

Oliver Leicht (feat. Jim McNeely) - The State of Things (2016

"Life is in color, but black and white is more realistic." is one of my favorite movie quotes, taken from the 1982 picture „The State of Things“ by Wim Wenders. In the first rehearsal of the music on this recording we didn’t have enough time to work out the complete arrangement of the tune with the working title “The State of Things”. So at the first concert we played only the rehearsed part, and the title took on an enhanced meaning. It gave me the certainty that I’d found the right title, not only for this tune but for the whole production. It shows the state of things concerning my music--deriving the description from a more musical point of view, yet always keeping in mind this wonderful, dark movie and that splendid quote.

Once again I am more than thrilled to have had the possibility to convert my ideas into sound with these extraordinary musicians. This time enriched by Jim McNeely as our guest at the piano, not only adding brightness through his soloing but also complementing and enhancing the musically rich color palette of the ensemble.

So I hope that listeners might let themselves go completely into our music. And maybe one or another image might arise in the mind at times in color, other times in black and white.

1. Vertical Convertible (feat. Jim McNeely) 5:59
2. The State of Things (feat. Jim McNeely) 16:41
3. Up (feat. Jim McNeely) 10:42
4. Shimmering Daylight on a Wooden Pale (feat. Jim McNeely) 7:44
5. Number 18 as a Basic Idea (feat. Jim McNeely) 11:21
6. Poem for Them (feat. Jim McNeely) 5:55
7. Conversion Non Vertical (feat. Jim McNeely) 6:31
8. M (feat. Jim McNeely) 4:33

Norbert Scholly guitars
Ingmar Heller bass
Jens Düppe drums, glockenspiel
Linus Bernoulli french-horn
Christian Jaksjø euphonium
Klaus Heidenreich trombone
Ed Partyka bass-trombone, tuba

feat. Jim McNeely piano