Debut Album Uphill Struggle
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“This highly inventive debut album from the newly-formed Q4 is an unequivocal winner.”
★★★★ All About Jazz (read)
“Sax players will love it, others will like it very much!”
Bebop Spoken Here (read)
Q4 is a saxophone quartet consisting of soprano and alto saxophonists Fiete Felsch and Nigel Hitchcock, tenor saxophonist Björn Berger and baritone saxophonist Tini Thomsen.
4 x improvisational jazz explorer spirits
4 x incredible mastery of the saxophones
4 x passionate, genre transcending musical expression
4 x collaborative and intuitive communication on stage
Fiete Felsch and Nigel Hitchcock have long been among the leading alto saxophonists on the European scene. Felsch as lead Alto with the NDR BIG BAND since 1995 and Hitchcock, who played for years with the legendary saxophone quartet ‘Itchy Fingers’, and is a permanent member of Mark Knopfler’s band.
Björn Berger is an outstanding jazz soloist, who also impresses with tremendous precision in the ensemble.
Tini Thomsen has made a name for herself as one of the leading baritone saxophonists performing today. She has conducted and arranged for the Jazz Baltica Ensemble.
Thomsen also contributes most of the compositions and arrangements, but Hitchcock also puts his outstanding ability as a composer and arranger at the service of the ensemble. The repertoire ranges from warm-sounding, lyrical, chorale-like sounds and completely free improvisations through swinging boppy pieces to the best in soulful, funk tracks. Each composition is written by Tini Thomsen and Nigel Hitchcock especially for the 4 soloists in the quartet giving each of them enormously versatile expressive possibilities.
Individuality and total musical freedom are not a contradiction to perfect ensemble interplay, but complement each other in this quartet in a visionary way. An electric, vital stage presence, makes Q4 one of the leading improvising saxophone quartets of our day.
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Q4 live in Kunst, Hamburg: