Christoph Titz from Aachen is one such musician indeed he is a very special example of the type. Someone who has internalized jazz with all its roots and peculiarities, but who feels at home in all other conceivable styles. Someone who shines as a soloist but who can also subordinate himself to the sound of an ensemble or a big band, without ever risking his own identity. In brief: a true ace. A young gun and an old hand at one and the same time. With a mind of his own, great style and above all: a whole lot of soul! Where others will isolate entire oceans of notes, with Christoph it is primarily the pauses, the sensitivity for time and space, that makes his playing so compelling.
Consequently, Titz has always found that the shackles of supposedly pure jazz are far too restrictive. Even with his first professional band, Scetches, which wowed the international jazz scene from Montreux to Grenoble in the early to mid 90s, Christoph very consciously positioned himself between all styles. While the jazz critics fêted their music as the 1990s reincarnation of the later work of the Miles Davis Group and even sometimes compared Titz with Chet Baker, the contemporary (and completely instrumental) Scetches début, was also being chosen in specialist music magazines like AUDIO as the Pop CD of the Month. In Titzs world there are simply no pigeonholes.
And thus it may be that you have been familiar with the sound of Christoph Titzs trumpet for a long time now but have simply not been aware of it. Why? Because this charming thirty-something has long topped the list of first-call studio and live musicians. Whether in the backing group for Marla Glen, providing sensitive musical accompaniment to Reinhard Mey or as part of the critically acclaimed band of Meys producer Manfred Leuchter, in the musical line-up of Catherine, as a celebrated soloist with the, currently hugely popular, Frank Popp Ensemble, or from time to time in the Harald Schmidt Show Combo around Helmut Zerlett the distinctive sound of our man and his trumpet has long made its mark on this scene.
Making it all the more logical that Titz should with Magic finally give us his first album on which he takes the lead. Naturally the often unwieldy and even more often misinterpreted word jazz is used only in inverted commas. Titz and his esteemed line-up (including musicians from the Fantastische Vier and the Stefan Raab Band) take the listener on an impressive journey that moves from a nod to 1970s fusion (Rotation by Herb Alpert) through brilliant ballads ( ) up to and including first-class, instrumental pop music, where great instrumental artistry plays as important a role as modern sound design and intelligent programming, including naturally the right beat.
And above everything, swings majestically the exceptionally gifted sound of Titzs trumpet. Christoph is at the controls and masterfully so, but at no time does he feel the need to push himself insistently to the fore. The songs on Magic allow the other musicians involved to shine as much as their band leader, who never puts himself above it all but blends perfectly into the overall sound of Magic, thus finally putting his very personal mark on the SACD.
Magic is available as a hybrid SACD. The much acclaimed super audio format not only affords the listener perfect 5.1 surround quality but also gives the stereo quality produced by normal CD players a new sound dimension. And thus Titz new album really lives up to its name, because it is truly Magic. Why not listen and decide for yourself?
Super Audio CD
SACD Multi-Channel SACD Layer
SACD Stereo SACD Layer
This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
Christoph Titz, trumpet, keys, flugelhorn
Gero Korner, Keys, Fender Rhodes
Philip Niessen, electric, space & acoustic guitars
Christian Von Kaphengst, fender & acoustic bass
Roland Peil, percussion, batars, Roland handsonic
Jens Kerkhoff, percussion, congas, timbales
Alfonso Garrido, percussion
Danny Schroteler, drums
Nina Leonards, violin
Astrid Nagele, cello
2. Finally Alone
3. Dancing On My Clouds
4. Naa Hey Na
6. Pearls For My Flat
8. Neil Conti
9. Slow Mood
10. Peter's Walk
11. Rich And Famous