Amazon.com Widgets

The Tip Toe Big Band and Elle Hansen: Big Smile (2002)

By Published: | 4,376 views
No stars How we rate: our writers tend to review music they like within their preferred genres.

The bane of my existence — a potentially excellent big–band album with vocals on every track but two! Bad enough when the singer’s first language is English, even worse when, as in the case of Helle Hansen, it’s Danish. Okay, so she’s a pretty good singer, even if one may have a problem deciphering some of the lyrics; five of the compositions are hers, and “Stardust” they ain’t. Of the two instrumentals, director Jesper Riis’ “5” isn’t appreciably better — even with crisp solos by soprano Guy Moscoso, bassist Martin Spure and pianist Sten Møller — so the concert date’s highlight, by default, is John Fedchock’s luminous arrangement of the Matt Dennis / Earl Brent standard, “Angel Eyes” (featuring alto saxophonist Mads Haaber), an enlightening five–minute glance at what the album might have been. Getting back to Hansen, she has admirable range and power but her intonation is sometimes unsteady (for an example, try “Orange Colored Sky”). Hansen wrote “Big Smile,” “If You Were Mine,” “I Only Know,” “These Are the Fall Days” and “Careful My Heart,” none of which is better than average, and also emotes on the funky “Never Make Your Move Too Soon” and bluesy “Since I Fell for You.” The audience at Copenhagen’s Jazz House seem quite enraptured by Hansen and the Tip Toe Big Band; I wish I could validate their stamp of approval but I guess you had to be there.

Contact: Sale@coperecords.com. Web site, www.coperecords.com

Track Listing: Big Smile; If You Were Mine; I Only Know; These Are the Fall Days;

Personnel: Jesper Riis, director; Helle Hansen, vocals; Guy Moscoso, Finn Henriksen, Mads Haaber, Anders Medlin, Paul William Falck, reeds; Knud Schwaner, Finn Hansen, Leif Ipsen, John Kristensen, trombone; Lars Schuster, Thomas Buchreitz, Uffe Weppler, Jakob Holdensen, trumpet; Christoffer Sten M

Record Label: Cope Records

Style: Big Band


comments powered by Disqus
Support All About Jazz Through Amazon

Weekly Giveaways

Carmen Lundy

Carmen Lundy

About | Enter

Wadada Leo Smith

Wadada Leo Smith

About | Enter

Mort Weiss

Mort Weiss

About | Enter

Rotem Sivan

Rotem Sivan

About | Enter

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW

Enter it twice.
To the weekly jazz events calendar

Enter the numbers in the graphic
Enter the code in this picture

Log in

One moment, you will be redirected shortly.