Susanne Alt
Susanne Alt

Jazzthetik 05-2024



Born in Würzburg, Susanne Alt studied in the Netherlands and established herself there as a saxophonist and DJ. She feels at home in soul, funk, dance, and jazz, and one of her biggest idols was trumpeter Roy Hargrove, who passed away in 2018. When the Covid-19 pandemic halted her live performances, she conceived the idea for this special album, which serves as a homage to Hargrove.
In early 2022, Susanne Alt, James Hurt, Gerald Cannon, and Willie Jones III went into the studio in New York. All had previously played with Hargrove, making them highly competent collaborators. Most of the seven tracks on the album are in a commercially appealing funk-jazz style, but there are a few original ideas, including acoustic bass and partially acoustic piano. "Bel Air Bop" features a swinging rhythm, and "The Nearness of You," reportedly one of Hargrove's favorite songs, is played as a slow jazz ballad. Alt's virtuosic alto saxophone is very pleasant to hear.

on 18/05/2024


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