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Bevort: My Shop

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Bevort: My Shop Pernille Bevort’s fifth album as a leader, My Shop, demonstrates the tenor saxophonist’s range of talents. She not only takes all the saxophone solos, but has composed, arranged and written the lyrics. Bevort writes the kind of accessible art songs Kurt Weill did so well, except she updates them for a modern audience with dirty guitars and touches of improvisation.

Bevort calls Denmark home, but her Special Edition octet hails from around Scandinavia and Europe. The horn section features a French flutist, Mariane Bitran; an Icelandic reedsman, Haukun Grondal; and a Danish bass clarinetist, Jesper Lovdal. Swedish vocalist Qarin Persson brings a decidedly non-traditinal jazz vocalist element to the album, as she combines elements of Astrud Gilberto’s understated delivery, Bjork’s speak-singing, the breathy mysteriousness of Jennifer Charles and Swedish Lisa Ekdahl’s coy little girl timbre.

On the title track, Persson sings the sephardic-tinged melody (a rather obvious choice for a song that wants to sound “mystical”), and lyrics that reflect Bevort’s approach: “The secrets hidden in a shabby bookshelf/old and dusty/it could be a treasure in disguise.” The image of some crowded antique shop fits Bevort’s musical collection of oddities: pop hooks, off-center horn arrangements, swinging pre-bop solos, snappy rhythms.

Bevort’s horn charts follow the spirit, but not the style, of Gil Evans—luxuriant harmonies colored with strange sonorities, flute, clarinet and bass clarinet, saxophones merging in dreamy clouds. “Daydreaming” contrasts the rounded woodiness of the bass clarinet with flute and saxophone, achieving a drunken balance. “In My Dream” opens with an extended horn-only statement, and then falls into a mild bossa nova feel, albeit a bit more jagged.

The bossa nova surfaces again with a version of Jobim’s “Quiet Nights.” On “And in the Meantime” the popular rhythms continue with a blues-funk, guitar driven verse, but not before a cinematic, sci-fi opening. The guitar warbles therimin-like; the horns vocalize freely then mutate into a buoyant bop melody. Later, Bevort piles on the eclectic touches with a Coleman Hawkins-flavored tenor solo.

At a time when record companies are pushing a new breed of supposed "mature" singer-songwriters (see Cullum, Jones), My Shop offers what they are lacking: intricate arrangements, open-ended lyrics and more muscular rhythms. Bevort does not limit herself, making for an album full of little surprises.


Track Listing: My Shop; Daydreaming; In My Dream; And in the Meantime; Cat Club; Kittens; Pigeons Fall; Power Peach; Quiet Nights; Song for Barrel Organ

Personnel: Qarin Persson: vocals; Pernille Bevort: tenor and soprano sax; Haukur Grondal: clarinet, alto sax; Jesper Lovdal: bass clarient, tenor sax; Krister Palmquist: guitar; Mariane Bitran: flutes; Goran Schelin: double bass, electric bass; Karsten Bagge: drums

Title: My Shop | Year Released: 2004 | Record Label: Cope Records


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