Danish, Israeli-born vocalist-songwriter and guitarist Dalia Faitelson calls her new collection of original songsall born in the still, dark hours of night, the times that dreams are born"a kinky jazz salute to Marlene Dietrich." In a way, Faitelson, like Dietrich, reinvents herself. Leaving aside her world music project Pilpel to acknowledge the formative influence of songwriters like Joni Mitchell and Tom Waits, but channeling such influences through an intimate, cool acoustic jazz setting.
Faitelson is accompanied by a core group comprised of double bassist Thommy Andersson, percussionist Lisbeth Diers and the Tajj String Quartet from Serbia. Engineer Jan Erik Kongshaug of the famed Rainbow studio in Oslo mixed and mastered the album and beautifully captured a warm, introspective sound.
Nine songs highlight Faitelson's sensual, clear delivery on these evocative song-stories, embraced by a gentle and fragile envelope of strings and light percussive sounds. On the most appealing songs she forsakes this format and introduces newer sounds to this reserved setting, with light African touches on "Speculations," the tempting-smoky jazz setting on "Dance It Right," ornamented with West-African kora; and the whispering trumpet of Gunnar Halle that intensifies the intimate atmosphere of "Forsaken Destiny."
Two songs shine above all, in an enigmatic manner. The pair refer to personal history and Faitelson's image of herself her solo, introspective "Scars of Silence," accompanied only by her guitar, in which she tells the story of a silent relationship, and the dramatic, Middle-Eastern-tinged "Secretive Soul."
Track Listing: The Faithful Night & I; A View of a Man; Speculations; Dance It Right;
No Regrets; Scars of Silence; Forsaken Destiny; Round the World;
Personnel: Dalia Faitelson: vocal, guitar; Thommy Andersson: bass, string
arrangements; Tajj String Quartet; Lisbeth Diers: percussion; Tahir
Dalager (Tatrix): human beat-box; Gunnar Halle: trumpet (7, 9); Dawda
Jobarteh: kora (4); Anders Banke: bass clarinet, flute, baritone sax
(4, 9); Ayi Solomon: percussion (4).
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy. So music and jazz specifically have been a part of me since I was born. I love and perform in all styles of music from around the world. Improvisation in jazz is what drew me in, and still does as well as other genres that feature improvisation. A group of great musicians expressing themselves as one is the hallmark of great jazz and in fact all great music.