167

Angela Hagenbach: Poetry of Love

Franz A. Matzner By

Sign in to view read count
Angela Hagenbach: Poetry of Love Poetry of Love is an unabashedly—and surprisingly satisfying—sensual experience. Seducing the listener with her husky, alluring voice and subtle readings, Hagenbach invites listeners to participate in a maturely romantic meditation. While no individual selection represents the height of experiment or the epitome of stylization, Hagenbach succeeds where many other performers fail, sustaining a focused mood throughout the album.

Opening with a slightly hip-hop tinged, bossa based piece, “Tell Me About It,” Hagenbach demonstrates her ability to establish a contemporary feel without diverging too dramatically from the jazz forms and styles she explores more aggressively on the album’s subsequent tracks. Focused on the power of lyrics, Hagenbach relies more on sensitive interpretation and depth of material than musical and vocal gymnastics. This approach finds its most expressive moment with “Bittersweet,” a poignant endeavor built around a beautifully reflective lyric combining two Schoer poems.

On the album’s other standout piece, “Blues are Brewin’,” together with trumpet legend Clark Terry and guitar great Russel Malone, Hagenbach creates a classically structured blues dialogue. The collective conversation is full of humor, wit and feeling and reveals the importantance of powerful backing musicians to a vocalist’s success. Hagenbach works well with some of the most versatile and distinctive instrumentalists on the scene. Other tunes of note include the brooding “Dark Dreams,” and the silky, swinging “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.”

Supported by intelligent arrangements and a cadre of skilled musicians, Hagenbach offers with Poetry of Love a rich blend of vocal skill and musical styles. Open the Courvoisier and serve with candlelight.


Track Listing: 1. Tell Me All About It 2. I Can't Believe You're In Love With Me 3. Bittersweet 4. Never Let Me Go 5. Dark Dreams 6. Blues Are Brewin' 7. I've Got You Under My Skin 8. You Keep Calling Me 9. Watch What Happens 10. It Might As Well Be Spring

Personnel: Angela Hagenbach: Vocal; Clark Terry: Trumpet and Mumbles; Doug Auwarter: Drums and Percussion; Jake Blanton: Guitar; Don Braden: Tenor Sax; Cecil Brooks III: Drums; Dwayne Burno: Bass; Rod Fleeman: Guitar; Jimmy Heath: Tenor sax; Gary Helm: ercussion Russel Malone: Guitar; Steve Rigazzi: Acoustic guitar and electic bass; Paul Smith: Piano; Roger Wilder: Piano, synthesizer; James Williams: Piano.

Year Released: 2003 | Record Label: Amazon Records | Style: Vocal


Shop

More Articles

Read Road to Forever CD/LP/Track Review Road to Forever
by Jack Bowers
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Avenida Graham CD/LP/Track Review Avenida Graham
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 27, 2017
Read TAI Fest #1 (Vol.1&2) CD/LP/Track Review TAI Fest #1 (Vol.1&2)
by Nicola Negri
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Goat Man & The House of the Dead CD/LP/Track Review Goat Man & The House of the Dead
by Dave Wayne
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Backlog CD/LP/Track Review Backlog
by James Nadal
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Acceptance CD/LP/Track Review Acceptance
by Tyran Grillo
Published: February 26, 2017
Read "Gold" CD/LP/Track Review Gold
by Jim Olin
Published: January 25, 2017
Read "Live InTokyo" CD/LP/Track Review Live InTokyo
by Mark Corroto
Published: July 12, 2016
Read "Rhythmic Movement" CD/LP/Track Review Rhythmic Movement
by Karl Ackermann
Published: December 22, 2016
Read "ReNew" CD/LP/Track Review ReNew
by Tyran Grillo
Published: April 11, 2016
Read "Backlog" CD/LP/Track Review Backlog
by James Nadal
Published: February 27, 2017
Read "Some Other Time: The Lost Session From the Black Forest" CD/LP/Track Review Some Other Time: The Lost Session From the Black Forest
by Karl Ackermann
Published: April 27, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: Jazz Near You | GET IT  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!