Lumens is an important recording by Nicole Johänntgen and Jack DeSalvo, two composer/instrumentalists who met in Matt Lavelle’s 12 Houses orchestra in New York.
The album features alto saxophone and guitar in gorgeous soundscapes as well as simple, deeply felt songs.
“Nicole has something very special in her playing – a big and generous heart. She plays like her life depends on it and draws anyone within range into the center of her music. An exceptional energy!” - Dave Liebman
“Nicole is a truly spirited and vibrant player who has a true and pure artistic integrity. Obviously music means everything to her and this translates to me and surely to many more people.” - Lew Soloff
Zürich based German saxophonist Nicole Johänntgen is ubiquitous at European festivals and clubs whether with her long time ensemble Nicole Jo, Henry - her New Orleans group, her quartet and so many other projects including Sisters In Jazz featuring luminaries Cæcilie Norby and Rita Marcotulli. She has recently recorded her solo saxophone album. Nicole is also the founder of SOFIA, an international program to support female jazz musicians in the field of musical improvisation and self-management.
“Using both acoustic and electric instruments, DeSalvo demonstrates technique, intelligence and imagination with a broad streak of lyricism and passion in what amounts to one of the better guitar voices to be heard in improvised music these days.” – Cadence
"Guitarist Jack DeSalvo stands out for his angular harmonies played with his instrument" - Musiczoom.it
“banjo player Jack DeSalvo uncorks a salvo of twangs as if Earl Scruggs has pushed his way into a Count Basie jam.” – NYC Jazz Record.
DeSalvo, hailed in THE WIRE magazine as “masterful”, played with Ronald Shannon Jackson, Sumari, and D3 as well as many other important figures in the jazz and improvised music worlds.
released November 20, 2020
Nicole Johänntgen - alto saxophone
Jack DeSalvo - guitar
Es Guete more Lied, Stuck and Hand In Hand by Nicole Johänntgen
Lumens, Sent and Instance by Jack DeSalvo
Has Never Said a Word and reappearing Sun by Nicole Johänntgen and Jack DeSalvo
Recorded, mixed, mastered and produced by Jim DeSalvo at Beanstudio,
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