Peter Lehel`s Finefones Saxophone Quartet
The Finefones Saxophone
Quartet, founded and led by versatile German saxophonist and composter / arranger Peter Lehel is among one of the most interesting saxophone ensembles in Germany. The first CD
„Funk-a-lot“, released in 2012, received rave reviews because of the impressive playing as an ensemble and the well-balanced compositions and arrangements by Peter Lehel.
With the second release
„Sonority“ in 2019 the journey of FineFones Saxophone Quartet moved on to new dimensions. Alto saxophone great Jim Snidero joined the quartet as an additional voice and main soloist.
Jim Snidero is one of the most appreciated alto players in the jazz world, being placed on both Downbeat critic`s and reader`s poll, as well as being a highly-succesful author. His beautiful tone and
his well-conceived creative improvisations enrich the sound of this recording and program deeply. The quintet arrangements of Peter Lehel for the recording „Sonority“ cover a wide range of moods and
grooves, from original compositions based on his deep knowledge about classical chamber music and jazz, a swinging new arrangement of Oliver Nelson`s „Stolen Moments“, the great ballad „I`m a Fool to
want You“ featuring Jim Snidero, and a surprising version of the DOORS song „Love Street“.
With the all new, just
recorded program „Mood Antigua – Slow boat to Taiwan“ the group turns to new ways again. Peter Lehel – frequently traveling to Asia for concerts and master classes – has arranged
some Asian / Taiwanese flavored melodies as well as compositions by the Taiwanese saxophone players Shawna Yang, Jimmy Lee and Sam Su for the FineFones Saxophone Quartet. In addition with some new
compositions by Peter Lehel the result is a beautiful combination of european and asian moods and colors, connecting the limitless sound qualities of the saxophone with beautiful melodies, classical
approach, jazz improvisations and groove.
The German top saxophone
players Olaf Schönborn, Christian Steuber and Pirmin Ullrich work perfectly with the leader`s soprano saxophone voice.
The FineFones Saxophone
Quartet is constantly enriching the repertoire for saxophone ensembles by putting together the best of jazz, classical and crossover music sources.
Peter Lehel - soprano
is an arranger with very varied and independent music and has
positioned himself internationally as a saxophonist and composer in the tension field of jazz and classical
Olaf Schönborn - alto
has a rich discography as a saxophonist with formations from the
most different style directions. At the same time he is a successful producer of highest-quality jazz publications.
Christian Steuber -
the Youngster in the formation develops to one oft he most
interesting tenor saxophone soloist of the younger generation.
Pirmin Ullrich -
counts to the most experienced theatre and Bigband baritone
saxophone players in Germany.
His strong and groovy sound is an inalienable component in many jazz