JAZZ Sparks of light emitted: “Lumens” by Nicole Johänntgen & Jack DeSalvo


Nicole Johänntgen, jazz saxophonist from the Saarland municipality Fischbach-Camphausen, is known for her energetic playing. Usually, it brings every room to a boil, but in times of corona, quieter tones are popular. Together with New York guitarist Jack DeSalvo, Nicole Johänntgen has released a new CD: “Lumens”, released by the label Unsee Rain Records.

Sparks of light emitted: "Lumens" by Nicole Johänntgen & Jack DeSalvo

Sparks of light emitted:

“Lumens” by Nicole Johänntgen & Jack DeSalvo           4 min

Musical sparking

The title of the new CD comes from the Latin word light. For the saxophonist and her guitarist, it is not just a symbol of a spark of light that is supposed to brighten the mind in this difficult time.

Because “Lumens” was recorded in New York, where the musician met Jack DeSalvo with a free jazz orchestra. The two immediately sparked on the same wavelength and spontaneously suggested to take a picture, Nicole Johänntgen said no.

“We had four or five compositions, Jack wrote some of them, I brought some and we played some of them for the first time in the studio, not even rehearsing them properly. One or two passes and you’re done.
The rest were actually free compositions. We wanted to see where the trip was going. That’s the tingling thing about the music: I actually want to be put in the cold water to see what comes out of it. ”

Nicole Johänntgen
"Lumens" by Nicole Johänntgen & Jack DeSalvo (Photo: Daniel Bernet)
Nicole JohänntgenDaniel Bernet

Perfect balance with a lot of dynamism

Nicole Johänntgen and Jack DeSalvo pulled out all the stops during the recording session for “Lumens”. Guitar and saxophone play hands-on with the topics and find the perfect sound balance.

“Above all, I love soft and low tones, occasionally swinging upwards into the heights and sometimes wild and tender.
But it was the combination with the beautiful acoustic guitar that made me reach into my treasure chest with a lot of dynamism. ”

Nicole Johänntgen

The concept album is a small piece of silver

The album “Lumens” is not only recommended because a spontaneous session was perfectly captured. The quality of the pieces by Nicole Johänntgen and Jack DeSalvo is also very convincing. Without a driving beat and without a junk, the concept album is a small piece of silver that can be listened to with great profit.

“For me, Lumens means that we send out sparks of light and they flow somewhere and we start somewhere and we end up somewhere and that is also a concept of the CD. Own songs – but also the freedom to start somewhere and travel    somewhere. ”    – Nicole Johänntgen