German guitar hero Ali Neander has become a highly respected figure on the scene, both as a ubiquitous sideman and as a leader / composer in the music scene here. His first release as a leader explores multiple contexts and situations rather than relying on or spotlighting a central theme. His "culture-mix" sounds european - combining jazz, rock, fusion, latin, electronica to Krautrock and beautifully crafted and gorgeously quiet musical passages in a unique way... Inventive, fun and grooving.... Backed by Hellmut Hattler (ex-Kraan/ Tab Two), Paul McCandless (Oregon), Moritz Müller... NOTES FROM THE ARTIST: Hi everybody, welcome to my 'labour of love'. When I first thought about recording a solo-CD after playing on 50+ records of various styles for other people i asked myself: what am i gonna do? invite famous singers and noodle behind them or what? well, i thought about the musicians who made me become a professional in the first place, the guys that made you want to play better-period, and so this CD is a tribute to the fi rst generation of jazz-rock pioneers of the early seventies, a group of artists who have probably influenced more musicians all over the world than anybody else. In these early days the combination of jazz and rock was not a given thing, it was a hot liason, not a marriage and i can still recall the feeling of wild euphoria the could be felt at the concerts of the Mahavishnu orchestra, return to Forever or weather report a.o. you can´t compare that to some of the fusion-nerdness of later years that made you leave your girlfriend at home to avoid trouble. But no retro nostalgia here, i tried to put these early infl uences in perspective and combine them with newer elements. I am particulary proud about the contributions of my fellow musicians, German bass legend Hellmut Hattler, paul McCandless of Oregon, one of my heroes for a long time, hot new drum talent Moritz Müller and the other guests, ingo Bischof, ollie rubow and Frowin ickler. So sit back and enjoy something that you might call 'NUJaZZroCK' if you want. ALI NEANDER.