Support All About Jazz

All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help
198

Beat Kaestli: Invitation

C. Michael Bailey By

Sign in to view read count Views
Track review of "I've Got You Under My Skin"

Beat Kaestli: Invitation First, there is the name: Beat Kaestli. How hip is that? A native of Switzerland, Kaestli moved to New York, where he was suitably educated in the craft of jazz at the Manhattan School of Music, and ultimately, the Aaron Copland School of Music.

Kaestli has a voice of uncommon sweetness and delicacy that is, atthe same time, durable and trustworthy. He sings as Chet Baker would have, had he had a soul inhabiting that desiccated shell of his. Like the best speakers and narrators, Kaestli possesses a unique voice, seasoned with a slight imperfection, an inter-dental lisp that adds depth and sincerity to his singing.

Kaestli's Invitation is an excellent collection of well-worn standards, presented in such a way as to make them fresh and new. Kaestli forfeits the piano for Paul Meyers' nylon string guitar. The arrangements are spare, with plenty of space allowed for Kaestli's impressive instrument. "I've Got You Under My Skin" is unusual for its eight-minute length, long for a vocal track. Meyers' light Latin playing, coupled with Jay Leonhart's exacting bass playing (he has no peer in playing bass behind vocalists) gives this Frank Sinatra staple a dreamy quality, accentuated by Joel Frahm's dry and vibrato-less tenor. It essentially becomes a modern ballad, rendered very dry, hold the vermouth, shaken not stirred.

Personnel: Beat Kaestli: vocals; Billy Drummond: drums; Jay Leonhart: bass; Paul Meyers: guitar; Joel Frahm: saxophone.

Year Released: 2010 | Record Label: Chesky Records


Related Video

CD/LP/Track Review
Best of / Year End
Bailey's Bundles
CD/LP/Track Review
Take Five With...
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Beat Kaestli: Live in Europe
Beat Kaestli: Live in...
Self Produced
2016
buy
Collage
Collage
B&B Productions
2014
buy
Invitation
Invitation
Chesky Records
2010
buy
Happy, Sad and Satisfied
Happy, Sad and...
B&B Productions
2006
buy
Chet Baker Chet Baker
trumpet
Grace Kelly Grace Kelly
sax, alto
Helen Merrill Helen Merrill
vocalist
George Evans
vocalist
Ron Kaplan Ron Kaplan
vocalist
Alexis Cole Alexis Cole
vocalist
Carla White Carla White
vocalist
Kendra Shank Kendra Shank
vocalist
Joy Bellis Joy Bellis
vocalist

More Articles

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.