This is Ingo Luis’ motto. He’s never believed in a difference between serious and light music, and mixes different styles with gleeful abandon, giving his musicians new challenges and his audiences plenty of surprises. Because of his own work as a professional musician, he’s able to write convincingly in different styles and genres. He likes to write with a twinkle in his eye, but is serious about writing original creations – no ”hack arrangements here!
Musicians and ensembles throughout the world play Luis’ arrangements and compositions. Numerous requests and commissions testify to his reputation in the world of music, as do numerous commentaries and critiques:
"...are among the most virtuosic trombonists on the continent and beyond. Not only are they technically sound in every respect, they are brilliant soloists whose unescorted messages are consistently bright and engaging..."
(Jack Bowers on www.allaboutjazz.com, 5 march 2012)
"With his new CD "Hornplayers fifty-fifty", Ingo Luis has made another stroke of genius... It is great trombone jazz that touches the heart of listeners...a great album of classic quality."
(Frank Becker/ Online Musik Magazin, 2011)
”The debut production ”Hornplayers Can’t Eat Garlic found a place in trombone history. With the new CD ”The Return of the Hornplayers the pair (Ingo Luis and Ludwig Nuß) set new standards. (CD – Kritik, 2004)
“world class bass trombonist and superb arranger” (Peter Herbolzheimer)
…his compositions and arrangements are distinguished through stylistic variety, original instrumentation and rich harmonies… (Intern. Trombone Association/ USA, 2003)
“…wonderful arrangements…” (Jazzthing 11/1999)
“…the arrangements are fresh and exciting, providing plenty of variety … (ITA-Journal 1/2001)
“A good arrangement is a joy for audiences and musicians alike!