Discography

As Leader:

Wünschen

Erik Leuthäuser

MPS Records: 0211987MS1

second solo-album released by MPS Records – available here on May 4th, 2018!

You just have to say it, and in this case, it’s no exaggeration: there has never been an album like „Wünschen“ (Wishing). Something comparable? No way! The compelling strength of this cycle of songs lies in the unity of its contradictions, expressed in the subject matter and the choice of musical resources, as well as a lineup of players from different generations, continents, and musical concepts. This is an album as all-encompassing as life itself, and as colorful and unpredictable as a Coen brothers film.

Erik Leuthäuser is a young singer from Berlin. The various histories and origins of the songs on Leuthäuser’s album tell a lot about the man himself. He reinterprets some of the songs, such as Friedrich Hollaender’s „Wenn ich mir was wünschen dürfte“ (If I could make a wish). Others are musical versions of poems and songs, as is the case with a piece from Dorothea „Dota“ Kehr. We have jazz standards from Wayne Shorter and Duke Ellington supplemented with Leuthäuser’s German texts. And then there are Erik Leuthäuser’s own compositions. Some of the pieces on the album are familiar, having already been recorded at one time or another. Yet Leuthäuser’s interpretations are by no means cover versions; rather he appropriates the pieces and makes them his own. When Erik sings these pieces, they sound as if they belong exclusively to Leuthäuser and his listeners. In the end, it doesn’t really matter where the pieces came from or how Leuthäuser happened upon them; now they simply belong to him: „It’s all very personal. I’m not concerned about the stylistics or a particular target audience. I have simply tied all my musical ideas together and created music out of them.“

A major reason why this musical portrait is so multi-faceted lies in Leuthäuser’s fellow musicians‘ ability to immerse themselves in the singer’s musical language. World traveler Greg Cohen doesn’t just play bass; as producer, he has also sympathetically supervises the album. Like Leuthäuser, Cohen is a superb storyteller. He has played with the likes of Tom Waits and John Zorn, and was in the Robert Altman film „Short Cuts„. Likewise, guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel and drummer Joey Baron are major players in the New York jazz scene. As second drummer, Earl Harvin carries the expressive understatement he was known for as a member of the Indie rock band Tindersticks into Leuthäuser’s production. Austrian pianist Elias Stemeseder has already had success with the exceptional American drummer Jim Black, and Islandic guitarist Daniel Böðvarsson has been a close musical companion of Leuthäuser’s since their school days together.

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In the Land of Oo-Bla-Dee

 In the Land of Oo-Bla-Dee

Erik Leuthäuser

Mons Records: MR874582

Solo-debut-album released by Mons Records – available here since November 06th, 2015

With In the Land of Oo-Bla-Dee, Erik Leuthäuser really steps into uncharted territory. He moves through the realms of vocal jazz like a fresh breeze, with texts from the here and now, and a voice with tremendous potential!

Erik Leuthäuser betritt mit In the Land of Oo-Bla-Dee tatsächlich Neuland und fegt wie frischer Wind durch die Gefilde des vokalen Jazz – mit Texten aus dem Hier und Jetzt und einer Stimme, die ein gewaltiges Potential hat!

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As Sideman:

Home Sweet Home – Lieder vom Kommen, Gehen und Bleiben

Wortart Ensemble

Unit Records: UTR4825

Tenor-vocalist on „Home Sweet Home – Lieder vom Kommen, Gehen und Bleiben“ (released by Unit Records on May 18th, 2018) by Wortart Ensemble (modern German poetry set to music by four voices a capella)

soon available here!

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Reflections

Philipp Rumsch Ensemble

Denovali Records: DEN291

Lead-singer on „Reflections“ (released by Denovali Records on March 1st, 2018) by Philipp Rumsch Ensemble, lead by Leipzig based pianist/composer Philipp Rumsch

available here!

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 Hütte & the Homegrown Organic Gospel Choir

Max Andrzejewski

WhyPlayJazz: RS034

Choir-vocalist on studio-record „Hütte & the Homegrown Organic Gospel Choir“ (released by WhyPlayJazz on April 07th, 2017) by drummer/composer Max Andrzejewski

available here!

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NCD4126

Koschki

Triozean

Neuklang: NCD4126

Guest-vocalist on studio-record „Koschki“ (released by Neuklang on February 02nd, 2016) by band Triozean lead by russian pianist Olga Nowikowa

available here!

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BuJazzO Volume 13 | „Groove and the Abstract Truth“

BuJazzO

Double Moon Records: DMCHR71175

Vocalist of BuJazzO vocal ensemble (2014-2016) on album production „Groove and the Abstract Truth“ (released by Double Moon Records) conducted by Niels Klein

available here!

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upcoming releases:

Duo record with New York based latvian singer Arta Jēkabsone (released by Unit Records on October 4th, 2018)