Dutch singer Fay Claassen doesn't necessarily push beyond the musical house, but she does occasionally rearrange the furniture. Her surveys of the Chet Baker catalog Two Portraits of Chet Baker (Jazz'n Pulz, 2006) revealed an abiding respect for the jazz canon, while also giving hint to a playful and creative attitude toward the music. This is never in more evidence than on her cover of Björk's "Cover Me," from the Icelandic pop singer's Post (Elektra, 1995).
Under the direction of Michael Abene who drives the superb WDR Big Band Cologne and the WDR Rundfunkorchester, the song become a modern tone poem, something Richard Strauss would have composed after his Last Four Songs, had the composer ever heard The Sugarcubes. It boasts the quiet rebellious spirit of the Entartete Musik of Korngold and Goldschmidt, cast in the crystalline sonics of today.
Track Listing: Tight; Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby; Throw It Away; A Felicidade; You Turn Me On; Cover Me; Be Cool; Umhome; A Good Man Is Hard To Find; A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing; Tea For Two; Everything Must Change.
Personnel: Fay Claassen: vocals; Michael Abene: conductor; Andy Haderer: trumpet; Rob Bruynen: trumpet; Wim Both: trumpet; Klaus Osterloh: trumpet; John Marshall: trumpet; Ludwig Ness: trombone; Felix Fromm: trombone; Bernt Laukamp: trombone; Mattis Cederberg: trombone; Johan Horlen: saxophone; Karolina Strassmayer: saxophone; Oliver Peters: saxophone; Paul Heller: saxophone; Jens Neufang: saxophone; Frank Chestenier: piano; Paul Shigihara: guitar; John Goldsby: bass; Hans Dekker: drums; WDR Rundfunkorchester (3, 6, 10, 12).
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good. I was 16 at the time. I went to Tower Records and purchased a CD by Wes, and I was hooked from the very first ten seconds. The sound of the song Lolita illuminated my bedroom, as I just sat back amazed at how colorful and soulful this music was--I understood it, even though at the time I didn't understand how to go about playing it. I get chills listening to Wes' solo on Lolita, and I can still listen to that song ten times in a row and never get tired of it. There is a truly timeless quality to genuinely spontaneous jazz music, and it is that quality that has inspired me to devote my life to studying and playing this music.