Since 2012, the band around guitarist Christian Kühn has developed a unique and very idiosyncratic form of jazz rock ( or rock jazz ), between parody and a great seriousness with which they allude to musical blinders. Kühn’s international ensemble consisting of John Dikeman ( tenor saxophone ), Tobias Delius ( tenor saxophone, clarinet ), Ziv Taubenfeld ( bass clarinet ), Sofia Salvo ( baritone saxophone ), Esat Ekincioglu ( bass ) and George Hadow ( drums ) plays the compositions, which are overflowing with melodies and compositional ideas, as if their lives were at stake. The comedy that is always present in KUHN FU’s music does not take away from its intensity.
On Jazz Is Expensive, Kühn tells the Brothers Grimm fairy tale “The Fisherman and His Wife” in a new and different way. Kühn’s style does the rest: with a forced German accent, the story is transformed into a modern fairy tale in English. The main character is the fisherman Marcel De Champignon, a horn player who is looking for the perfect melody – “the melody that makes millions”. The fish is supposed to fulfil his wish, “Bruno the Architect” is his name. The website Illsebill.com also plays a major role.