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Beat Kaestli: Beat Kaestli: Live in Europe

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In my humble estimation, there are two ballad singers (living) without peer: Rebecca Parris and Beat Kaestli. The latter has had a string of recent recordings that are as innovative as they are entertaining, including: Happy, Sad And Satisfied (B&B Productions, 2005), Invitation (Chesky Records, 2010), and Collage (B&B Productions, 2014).

Kaestli sneaks ...

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C. Michael Bailey's Best Releases of 2015

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It is easy this year, only vocal music...twelve months, twelve releases.

Lyn Stanley
Potions: From the '50s

We Baby Boomers are a persnickety bunch. We revel in our nostalgia while keeping a jaundiced eye on current trends and how derivative they are compared with those we experienced when ...

Henry Darragh: Too Much Monday

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My introduction to Houston Jazz came with the receipt of Jacqui Sutton's Billie & Dolly (Toy Blue Typewriter Productions, 2010). A few short months later, I received Henry Darragh's Tell Her for Me (Self Produced, 2011). When I compared the musical personnel for each of these recordings, a light came on in my pea brain alerting ...

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C. Michael Bailey's Best Recordings of 2014

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This year turned out to be a watershed of jazz and beyond vocals, instrumental jazz and important reissues. It was a year of music that further opened my eyes and ears to music I had not previously valued or considered. How short-sighted of me.

Beat Kaestli
Collage
(B&B Productions)

Jazz Vocals June

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Andrea Balducci
Bloom
Schema
2012

Italian vocalist Andrea Balducci is so earnestly hip and so perfectly coiffed (he is a lawyer, after all) he is almost a metaphor: a talented metaphor. His debut recording, Bloom is equally hip and coiffed as the singer himself. With a keen ear ...

Jazz Vocals April

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Writer's note: Music writing is an avocation. It is not what I do for a living. It exists as that undertaking I do for the satisfaction of possibly educating others about this single essential art. But the reality is I have less and less time to write. As a result, I am limiting my writing to ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Beat Kaestli: Collage

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Swiss singer/composer/producer Beat Kaestli has four recordings as a leader since 2002. All are intelligently focused. Reasons (B&B Productions, 2002), Happy, Sad, and Satisfied (B&B Productions, 2005), Far from Home: A Tribute of European Song (B&B Productions, 2009) and Invitation (Chesky, 2010). Far From Home and Invitation are the most sharply focused, the former addressing European ...

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C. Michael Bailey's Best Releases of 2012

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Cat Conner

Cat Tales

One of the greatest jazz performance challenges is playing and singing ballads slow...sometimes called “calendar slow." The trick is playing slowly without dragging or stalling. It is simple physics, the difference between velocity and momentum. Simple tempo may be understood in terms of speed (or velocity) but swing, swing has ...

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John Proulx: The Best Thing for You

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While female jazz vocalists outnumber male jazz vocalists five to one, it would be a fallacy to believe there is not a wealth of talent among the men singers. With Louis Armstrong and Chet Baker now memories, and Mark Murphy and Jon Hendricks in twilight, as Kurt Elling ascends their throne, there exists a vocal diaspora ...

Beat Kaestli & Clarice Assad - A Cosmopolitan Affair - June 25th @ The Metropolitan Room NYC, 9:30pm

Beat Kaestli & Clarice Assad - A Cosmopolitan Affair - June 25th @ The Metropolitan Room NYC, 9:30pm

Joined by their mutual love of music and languages, longtime friends and collaborators Beat Kaestli and Clarice Assad use their cultural differences to present a cosmopolitan affair of international standards in a humorous yet sophisticated setting. Blending styles, reaching from Bossa Nova and Jazz to French Chansons and Opera, their diverse program takes you from Rio ...


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