All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

9

Sinne Eeg & Thomas Fonnesbæk: Eeg-Fonnesbæk

Dan Bilawsky By

Sign in to view read count
Danish vocalist Sinne Eeg is basically an unknown to American jazz listeners, but she's considered a vocal treasure on the other side of the pond. Three of her seven previous albums—Waiting For Dawn (Cope Records, 2007), Don't Be So Blue (Red Dot Music/EMI, 2010), and Face The Music (Stunt Records/Sundance Music, 2014)—have taken home Danish Music Awards, she was the recipient of the 2014 Ben Webster Prize, and she was awarded the Prix du Jazz Vocal by the French Académie du Jazz for Face The Music. So why hasn't she made her mark in America? Probably for the same reasons that so many other talented non-Americans don't get their due here: a combination of jazz xenophobia, a lack of visibility, and distribution issues.

Fortunately, it looks like Eeg is starting to make inroads in America, due in no small part to Eeg-Fonnesbæk, an intimate and emotive duo recital that pairs Eeg with well-travelled bassist Thomas Fonnesbæk. Together, they walk, stroll, and saunter through many a familiar song. There's a wonderfully languid and steamy "Willow Weep For Me," a haunting "You Don't Know What Love Is," a scat-friendly "Summertime," and a nuanced take on "Body And Soul" here. And lest these two be accused of only covering well-trodden classics, they deliver an entrancing take on Enrico Pieranunzi's "Fellini's Waltz" (with Lorraine Feather-penned lyrics), a Diana Krall-ish vehicle called "Taking It Slow" that's credited to Fonnesbæk and Helle Hansen, and Lionel Hampton's "Evil Man Blues" (with lyrics from the late Leonard Feather).

Throughout the album, Eeg proves to be an expert in the art of inflection. She stresses a lyric in unexpected yet appropriate ways, demonstrates unerring intonation and pitch control, and shows herself to be an impressive improviser and communicator. Her vocals are never overbearing, but there's no doubt about the fact that she's in the driver's seat. Fonnesbæk, not surprisingly, proves to be a sympathetic ally. He delivers rock solid riffs and he manages to establish and trace the harmonic foundations of a song while dancing along with Eeg. His acoustic bass work is completely grounded, locking in the time and adding weight to the music, and his electric work, filled with chord-anchoring notes, harmonics, and guitar-esque strums, helps to give the music greater textural depth. These two make for a perfect pair, making Eeg-Fonnesbæk a fetching date worth seeking out.

Track Listing: Willow Weep; Taking It Slow; Evil Man Blues; You Don't Know What Love Is; Summertime; Body And Soul; Beautiful Love; Come Rain Or Shine; Fellini's Waltz

Personnel: Sinne Eeg: vocals; Thomas Fonnesbæk: acoustic bass, electric bass.

Title: Eeg-Fonnesbæk | Year Released: 2015 | Record Label: Stunt Records/Sundance Music

Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

CD/LP/Track Review
Bailey's Bundles
Live Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Dreams

Dreams

Artist Share
2017

buy
Eeg-Fonnesbaek

Eeg-Fonnesbaek

Stunt Records/Sundance Music
2015

buy
Eeg-Fonnesbæk

Eeg-Fonnesbæk

Stunt Records/Sundance Music
2015

buy
 

Remembering You

Calibrated
2009

buy
 

Kun En Drøm

Calibrated
2008

buy

Related Articles

Read Kinship CD/LP/Track Review
Kinship
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 18, 2018
Read Ask For Chaos CD/LP/Track Review
Ask For Chaos
by Gareth Thompson
Published: August 18, 2018
Read Homage to a Dreamer CD/LP/Track Review
Homage to a Dreamer
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: August 18, 2018
Read Live At Cafe Amores CD/LP/Track Review
Live At Cafe Amores
by John Sharpe
Published: August 18, 2018
Read Passion Reverence Transcendence CD/LP/Track Review
Passion Reverence Transcendence
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: August 17, 2018
Read Inner Voice CD/LP/Track Review
Inner Voice
by Don Phipps
Published: August 17, 2018
Read "Deuce" CD/LP/Track Review Deuce
by Paul Rauch
Published: June 2, 2018
Read "Influx" CD/LP/Track Review Influx
by Friedrich Kunzmann
Published: March 4, 2018
Read "Looking Forward" CD/LP/Track Review Looking Forward
by Geannine Reid
Published: September 6, 2017
Read "In Transit" CD/LP/Track Review In Transit
by Friedrich Kunzmann
Published: December 27, 2017
Read "Rediscovered Ellington" CD/LP/Track Review Rediscovered Ellington
by Jack Bowers
Published: September 4, 2017