Christian Willisohn

"Willisohn's vocals are smooth, engaging and emotionally evocative. The lyrics are earnest and authentic. The piano playing is deft and assured. And, it is all VERY well recorded. There is a bit more emphasis on "atmospheric" cues than clarity, particularly with respect to the piano.“

„Willisohn’s playing is very good and his voice is well-captured. His singing conveys a good sense of feeling for this music. The addition of other instruments on the CD layer gives a fresh and worthwhile look at the music. This is an album I will come back and repeatedly listen to, which I can say for only a very few. A strong album!“. Clay Swartz,


Christian Willisohn

- one of the best Blues & Boogie piano players, a big one in the jazz scene!


  • 1 Hold On, I´m Waiting For You
  • 2 Little Angel
  • 3 No More Tears In Vain
  • 4 Heartbroken Man
  • 5 Caruso
  • 6 Black Day
  • 7 Blues In My Bottle
  • 8 Have I Told You Lately
  • 9 Little Fish
  • 10 The Man In Your Life
  • 11 Blues On The World

"Hold On"

Stockfisch-Records releases the second DIRECT-CUT-SUPER-AUDIO-CD: a SACD Hybrid incl. DSD-5.1-/DSD-Stereo-/CD-Audio-Layer.

Christian Willisohn, pianist and singer from Munich, goes back to the roots of the blues, taking his listeners on a trip from the basics to the myriad facets of the music.

This DIRECT-CUT-SUPER-AUDIO-CD will enable you to hear a 5.1 DSD surround mix as well as a DSD stereo mix on the SACD layer, and the 16-bit PCM stereo program on the hybrid layer which guarantees downward compatibility.

Super-Audio-CD Hybrid: SACD Stereo + 5.1 Surround + CD-Layer
SFR 357.4038.2  •  total time 47:43

The surprising thing on this Hybrid-SACD is the CD version. Christian Willisohn has invited six fellow musicians to the studio who add drums, bass, guitar, saxophone and cor anglais to his original recording from Scotland.


Performing on this SACD "Hold On" :

DSD/SACD-Layer: Christian Willisohn - vocal & grand piano

CD-Layer with additional studio recordings: Thilo Kreitmeier - saxophone / Titus Vollmer - guitar / Christian Struck - cor anglais / Matthias Engelhardt - electric bass / Hans-Jörg Maucksch - fretless bass / Richard Hollander - drums

The Crear Recordings

A very special location, an unusual session, a high-tech recording - please read a short travel report:

"In the midst of Scotland’s West Highlands, hidden between the Atlantic and the green hills, there is a very special kind of concert hall. Art-loving people have transformed a former farmhouse into a meeting place for musicians, dancers, painters and poets. A Scottish secret? Well, not enough of a secret, for ingenious bluesman Christian Willisohn came to know of that place via a friend.

Without much planning Christian set up his dream team of staff and equipment. On the road and over the sea, five NAUTILUS 801 speakers, a whole range of CLASSÉ amps together with a SADIE DSD8 (1-bit) recording device made their way from STOCKFISCH-RECORDS to the Scottish Isles. Here, the unique acoustic environment let impressive recordings find their way onto “tape”. It was just THE very thing for a 5.1 surround-sound recording on a DIRECT-CUT-SACD: On this SACD purists will find a stereo and a 5.1 layer in DSD quality.

Blue Chamber Quartet

In CREAR we used our SADiE DSD8 system for the recording, processing and mastering of this DIRECT-CUT-SUPER-AUDIO-CD – a brand-new system from the tradition-steeped British manufacturer of mastering equipment that allows simultaneous recording of 8 channels in Direct Stream Digital. The analogue signal from the microphone is converted at the input to DSD and is also maintained in DSD format throughout the processing stages. The end result is then obtained in the SADiE DSD8 – the “cutting master” (AIT tape) – which is later transferred directly to an SACD glass master in the pressing plant."

- Alexandra Mayer