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„ Kreitmeier is a muscial jack-of-all-trades. with a powerful roaring saxophone, who has to show experience in about every genres of popular music, and that with well sounding references like
Albert C. Humphrey, Angela Brown, Ludwig Seuss, Al Jones, Charly Antolini, Jenny Evans, Al Porcino Big Band, Dusko Goykovich, Lousiana Red, Harald Rüschenbaum and many more “
( R. Palmer, SZ 2017 )

„ The native- born „Schwabinger“ Kreitmeier is an international as well as regional rooted major player. The nearly 50 year old worked together with almost the complete „who is who“ of the european jazz- and blues scene and  also was able to amaze the audience with different styles and formations.
  “Thilo Kreitmeier has dedicated himself along with his band to the kind of swinging, grooving jazz, whose innovative style is a blend of the modern and traditional and has endured since the mid-40`s. On the one hand it builds on tradition, while integrating and advancing contemporary developments.” (Altmühlbote)

“Classically melodic themes are built upon a solid fundament of full sound…” (Münchner Merkur)  
“Jazz interpreted precisely and perceptively…” (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

 “Besides Gunter Hampel one of the highlights of the Jazzline Festival was the Thilo Kreitmeier & Group who gave their best in a perfectly staged performance of traditional soul & blues jazz.” (Augsburger Zeitung) “There is no uncertainty and no doubt: this is mainstream at its richest, perfect saxophone encompassing all nuances.” (Abendzeitung)
“Brilliant saxophone that simply has a lot of drive, peps up standards … It electrifies.“ ( Süddeutsche Zeitung  )

Al Porcino: Linernotes on „Mo`Better Blues“
This is my kind of straight- ahead relaxed jazz! I am immediately a Kreitmeier- fan. The CD opens with two swinging Quartet- titles.
Starting with " Little Sheri ", a Stanley Turrentine composition, Heinz and Thilo solo, followed by Manolo who plays bass on the Quartet recordings. The famous love theme " The Shadow Of Your Smile " from the motion picture " The Sandpiper " comes up next. Here Thilo shows his ability to play a melody prettily and then get a little funky on alto. Heinz also makes a beautiful statement.

Another film- melody is" Mo' Better Blues ". Bill Lee, Spike's brother, wrote the titlesong for his brother's movie. Now Rocky is on the bass and the rhythm changes into a R&B mode. Also Peter joins the band now and takes his first short solo.
The program slows down with Buddy Johnson`s ballad " Since I Fell For You ". Here the whole group captures the mood of this torch song.
" There Was A Time " by Eddie Harris, also called " Echo Of Harlem, " is a bossa nova beat with Thilo on alto reminicent of Charlie Parker. Peter also runs the changes nicely. On Tommy Turrentines composition " Light Blue " Thilo and Peter both speak in the language of Bop, as Heinz does. Rocky also solos! "Strings "( Pat Martino ) is a sort of boogaloo with a very clean unison. Heinz keeps the mood, followed by Peter's tasty solo and then Rocky.

Two more Quartet- titles with Manolo on the bass are next. On " Roots ", composed by Thilo, Thilo and Heinz are bouncing right along on Manolo's and Michael's groovin' bossa beat. Then we will hear a version of Ann Ronnells beautiful " Willow Weep For Me ". I love the way Thilo caresses this pretty ballad. Heinz gives his interpretation with a sensitive touch of the keys. 

The quintet closes down with " Spicy Fried Chicken ", an original with latin rhythm, " Blues In Maude's Flat " ( Grant Green ) and " Monty`s Mood " from Thilo's pen. On " Spicy Fried Chicken " Heinz plays his solo crisply and Thilo solos robustly. Peter doubles-up on some interesting rhythm patterns and Rocky gets in his licks. The band ends with " Monty's Mood " skating along at a swinging tempo and Michael gets to play some fours. Note- worthy is Michaels swinging and steady beat throughout the session.

In conclusion I would like to say how refreshing it is to hear this group playing genuine jazz - that is, with melody, harmony and rhythm!
I also find it astonishing and inspiring that at such a young age Thilo is able to incorporate these elements into his performances.

As I' ve often said - " Die Blues sind immer gut! "
The boys really get the essence of it.

Munich, 11.08.1998 Al Porcino
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