The new album "Illusion" by Kira Linn and her Linntett has become an exciting mix of styles, in the context of which the German baritone saxophonist is treading several new paths. For the first time she sings and has written her own lyrics for a selection of songs. Anger and powerlessness, but also strength, diversity and freedom are core concepts that run through the record and are also recognizable in the design: bright, bold colors and a bandleader who takes on a new form in every picture testify to the work's rich diversity. Inspired by Billie Eilish, Bon Iver and Laura Mvula, "Illusion" moves in genres ranging from jazz to pop and indie to electro, neo-soul and R&B, or somewhere between authentic jazz gestures, neo-soul romanticism and latent-irreverent Nintendo pop, played by three saxophones as well as Rhodes, electric bass and drums. Francesca Gaza acted as producer, "Illusion" was recorded by Stephan van Wylick at the Osnabrück studio "Fattoria Musica", and Swiss producer Patrik Zosso was responsible for mixing and mastering.
The Linntett tours regularly and has already played more than 40 concerts, among others at Jazzahead Bremen, at the Jazzrally Düsseldorf and the International Jazz Week Burghausen.
"It's also their love of large-scale formations that informs their music, with catchy themes, lush saxophone phrases and well-thought-out arrangements." (Jazz'n'More)
"Premises for the bandleader seem to be keeping a sonic aesthetic at a high level and very respectfully combining the traditional with the modern." (Concerto Magazine)
"Especially in improvisation, the wind players take very different paths and yet complement each other perfectly. Each musician provides impulses that are taken up, varied and integrated by the other musicians." (Jazzpodium)
Kira Linn - baritone saxophone / bass clarinet / voice / composition
Nino Wenger - alto saxophone / flute
Christopher Kunz - tenor - / soprano saxophone
Lukas Großmann - piano / synthesizer
Lukas Keller - bass
Johannes Koch - drums