The big band we trust is turning 10 these days - and is giving itself a new album for its birthday! Together with Brigade Futur III they have recorded what is now released in the fall on WhyPlayJazz. "Brigade Futur III, good name, yeah okay, but who is that?" you ask now? It's okay, we'll tell you: behind the promising name are saxophonist Benjamin Weidekamp, who has often played in Leipzig, as well as Jérôme Bugnon, Michael Haves and Elia Rediger, who are more familiar from the indie and pop scene (think Seeed, Super 700 or The Bianca Story). The songs they share tell stories ranging from personal dilemmas to resentment over the perishing world. The music oscillates between early Duke Ellington, polyrhythmic overlays and 21st-century post hip-hop; there's singing, too, but no rapping. The acoustic sound of the big band is fully explored as well as extended by synthesizers, trigger sounds and samples. Or in short: catchy melodies, fat beats and jazz.