Palast Orchester Max Raabe – Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen

May 4th, 2013 by admin

Max Raabe and Palast Orchester evoke the heady, dancing-on-knife-point mood of the Weimar Republic. A conservatory- trained baritone besotted with the Weimar era vocal style exemplified by the Comedian Harmonists, Raabe interprets vintage hits while also writing original songs and reinventing contemporary pop tunes in a retro style, such as “Oops!… I Did It Again” from Britney Spears and “Sex Bomb” by Tom Jones.

“In the grand style of performers from Germany’s Weimar Republic, Max Raabe likes to party like it’s 1929. ” — The New York Times

“An androgynous figure in white tie and tails, he projects an air of elegant nonchalance as he stands poised before his fox-trotting orchestra. ” — San Francisco Chronicle

Max Raabe vocals
Bernd Frank clarinet, tenor sax
Rainer Fox clarinet, baritone
saxophone, vocals
Johannes Ernst clarinet, alto sax
Sven Bährens clarinet, alto sax
Thomas Huder trumpet, vocals
Michael Enders trumpet, vocals
Jörn Ranke trombone, viola, vocals
Cecilia Crisafulli violin
Ulrich Hoffmeier guitar, banjo, violin
Ian Wekwerth piano
Bernd Hugo Dieterich double bass,
sousaphone
Vincent Riewe drums, percussion

Max Raabe&Palast Orchester Website

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Nightlife Music

September 18th, 2011 by admin

Whether you are in NY, London or Prague, whether you are travelling or just want to get nice nightlife experience you look for best night clubs to spend your time with your friends in cool environment with a music you love. There are many such places in any more or less big city. But if you’re in New York and thinking about where to go and what to do there there are great number hottest restaurants and all types of bars with the latest music, movies, and entertainment there. All what you nee is to pick up the most suited to your taste. Check out follow, most famous ones in NY:

Travertine Bar provides an intimate atmosphere makes it a great place for dinner, and those who stay late will be treated to the restaurant’s vibrate nightlife scene with award-winning mixologists crafting tremendous cocktails.

Rose Bar is Gramery Park Hotel’s art-rich nightclub, awash in an exotic milieu that transports the eyes as well as the mind, with expertly mixed cocktails and live music throughout the week.

S.O.B.’s bar is ever-evolving dance club is as diverse as the city itself: music ranging from reggae, hip-hop, and R&B to jazz, salsa, and South Asian dance music.

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Lizz Wright

October 3rd, 2009 by admin


Don´t tell me to stop
Tell the rain not to drop
Tell the wind not to blow
´Cause he said so

Tell me love isn´t true
It´s just something we do
Tell me everything I´m not
Don´t tell me to stop

Tell the sun not to shine
Not to get up this time
Let it fall by the way
Leave me where I lay

Tell the leaves not to turn
Don´t tell me I´ll learn
Take the black off a crow
But don´t tell me go

Tell the bed not to lay
Like the mouth of a grave
Not to stare up at me
Like a calf on its knees

Tell me love isn´t true
It´s just something we do
Tell me everything I´m not
But don´t tell me to stop
Tell me everything I´m not
Don´t tell me to stop

Lizz Wright’s first two Verve releases, Salt and Dreaming Wide Awake, established her as one of the jazz world’s most celebrated rising stars, both an accomplished songwriter and a versatile, deeply expressive singer. On her third album The Orchard, the Georgia-bred, New York-based artist takes a substantial leap forward, transcending genre distinctions to deliver a vibrant, intensely creative milestone.

The largely self-penned The Orchard finds Wright mining her own experience to create an unmistakably personal musical statement. The warmth and resonance of Wright’s gospel-trained contralto is matched by the intimacy and authority of such original compositions as “Coming Home,” “My Heart,” “Another Angel” and “When I Fall.” Wright’s interpretive skills are equally impressive on revelatory readings of the Ike and Tina Turner classic “I Idolize You,” Sweet Honey in the Rock’s “Hey Mann,” the Led Zeppelin ballad “Thank You” and Patsy Cline’s haunting “Strange.”

The Orchard reflects Wright’s lifelong musical journey. The artist was born in the small rural town of Hahira, Georgia, one of three children of a minister father and a mother who sang gospel at church services. In her childhood, she began playing piano and singing in church with her two siblings. In high school, she broadened her musical horizons by studying choral singing, performing with groups of various sizes and winning several regional and national awards.

Her 2003 debut Salt introduced Wright as both an accomplished songwriter and an effortlessly magnetic performer, delivering subtly persuasive vocal performances in understated jazz/R&B settings. Salt won international acclaim, earning Wright comparisons with such formidable figures as Nina Simone and Abbey Lincoln. It also struck a chord with the public, reaching the Number Two slot on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart.

The New York Times’ Stephen Holden praised Wright’s “astonishing maturity and poise” and wrote that she “stirs jazz, gospel and rhythm and blues into a reflective, flowing style that elongates songs into prayerful meditations that never wander into vagueness,” and described her singing as “pitch-perfect, with a smoky, full-bodied texture… impressive in its steadiness, control and rhythmic subtlety.”

Wright’s collaboration with Street continues on The Orchard. While her prior releases boasted contributions from some of the jazz world’s most respected jazz players, The Orchard features an eclectic cast that includes noted singer/songwriter Toshi Reagon, who co-wrote several songs with Wright; Calexico members Joey Burns and John Convertino; avant-guitar hero Oren Bloedow; longtime Bob Dylan sideman Larry Campbell; Ollabelle member Glenn Patscha; and guest vocalists Catherine Russell and Marc Anthony Thompson (aka Chocolate Genius).

“The Orchard started with a trip that I took home to see my grandparents, and watching how they interacted with their neighbors and friends,” Wright recalls. “It got me thinking about where I was born and grew up, and that really inspired me a lot. I took some pictures of that area, and I made a little slide show and set it to the Tom Waits song “I Hope That I Don’t Fall In Love With You” and I took that to Verve and said ‘This is what I want to do.’ We went back to do another photo shoot, before we’d even recorded any music. And when I sat down with Craig and the writers and musicians, I showed them the pictures and played them the Tom Waits song. Everyone responded to them in their own way, and everyone brought their own insight and sensibilities to this concept that I showed them, and that helped to take the record to a different place.

“I liked the idea of this record having a soul that was centered around the orchard,” she explains. “But I didn’t feel compelled to stay married to the concept. I Initially wanted this record to be very much about home, about Hahira, and I took a lot of signals from there, but it ended up becoming something else. I wanted to name it The Orchard because that’s where it started.”

Before they began recording, Wright and Reagon debuted The Orchard’s songs with a series of low-key live sets at the small East Village club Banjo Jim’s. “We played through everything to figure out how we wanted to approach the songs. We tried out a lot of arranging ideas and different approaches, and the arrangements changed every night. That was a great process, and it was a challenge to me to make something real out of these songs that I didn’t really know yet. It’s the first time I’ve done that, working through songs live before making a record and learning just how far I could push myself.”

That organic approach was maintained throughout the recording process, which took place at studios in upstate New York’s Catskill mountains, in Tucson, Arizona and Brooklyn. The sessions emphasized spontaneity and chemistry. “We exchanged different sounds and different textures, and worked out the arrangement right then and there,’” Wright notes. “We didn’t decide before going into the studio what the songs would sound like; we just had an idea or a feeling, and sometimes Craig would suggest something or someone would play something and we’d follow the vibe. All of the musicians who were involved in this record had something to do with the way we ended up playing the songs, and I think that gave the project breadth and depth.”

That rare ability to exist within the musical moment is one of the qualities that make Lizz Wright a special artist and The Orchard a career milestone. “This record was a huge learning experience, in every way, and I think it showed me a lot about myself,” she states. “I never would have imagined that I would have written some of the things I wrote on this record, or told some of these stories. But I felt really free and I really let myself go, and I surprised myself.”
via http://www.lizzwright.net/

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The Look of Love

September 10th, 2009 by admin


The look of love is in your eyes
A look your smile can’t disguise
The look of love is saying so much more than just words could ever say
And what my heart has heard, well it takes my breath away

I can hardly wait to hold you, feel my arms around you
How long I have waited
Waited just to love you, now that I have found you

You’ve got the
Look of love, it’s on your face
A look that time can’t erase
Be mine tonight, let this be just the start of so many nights like this
Let’s take a lover’s vow and then seal it with a kiss

I can hardly wait to hold you, feel my arms around you
How long I have waited
Waited just to love you, now that I have found you
Don’t ever go
Don’t ever go

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Lizz Wright

August 30th, 2009 by admin

Lizz Wright is here again. As you see I love her the most now. I love her voice, it’s mellow timbre and the way she sings. Perhaps I idolize her?:-) It’s funny but I love to idolize someone then to try to turne the idolized one into the real one which meets all requirements I’ve imagined. So, hope regarding Lizz Wright it is not so, because she is really, she does splendid!
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If you want some lovin’ baby
That I ‘ll give to you
If you want some huggin’ baby
Oh I could hug some to
All I want baby
Is some touch from you
Just a little bit attention ..yes
Is gonna see me through
‘Cause you know you’re my kind
And I want you , I want you to be mine
I idolize you
I idolize you baby

I want to make love to you
When the lights are low
Scream to you baby
Oh just to let you know
All I want is a little touch from you
Just a little bit attention yeah
You know is gonna see me through
Yeah you know you’re my kind
And I want you , I want you to be mine
I idolize you
I idolize you baby
Yeah yeah yeah..

Oh what a thrill
This thrill you know I get
If I could comfort you baby
Oh make you my pet
All I really want baby
Is a little touch from you
Just a little bit attention yeah is gonna see me through
‘Cause you know you’re my kind
And I want you ,I want you to be mine
Yeah you know you’re my kind
And I want you , I want you to be mine
I idolize you
Oh ..idolize you baby
Hey hey yeah yeah , I got to have you baby
Oh I can’t help myself
Idolize you baby
Yeah yeah yeah
Oh mercy
Hmm mm I need you baby
Oh yeah yeah
Got to have you baby
Oh oh
Yeah..

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Jojo Effect – Mambo Tonight

August 13th, 2009 by admin

Dont know why but I could’t find enough imformation about Anne Schnell but as I see she is well known not only like Jojo Effect singer and song writer but also for her work as Germany TV actress and model. Anyway I love her voice and music full of feelling.

The Californian jazz lady Brenda Boykin is a highly respected vocalist. Brenda Boykin has earned a sterling reputation in the San Francisco Bay Area as a masterful interpreter of jazz and blues material gleaned from big bands, old blues hands, and honky tonk heroes.

Boykin has firmly established herself as an unsurpassed vocal talent whose elixir of bourbon and cornbread – sounds from silk to sandpaper – delight both new listeners and purists who compare her to the giants of the past.

A native of Oakland, California, Boykin’s first musical experience came through the youth choir of the North Oakland Missionary Baptist Church, one of the many houses of the lord where raucous, heart-felt sounds of the faithful still ring out on the wide streets of the East Bay flatlands. The church strains can still be found in her rich, husky contralto, effortless power and controlled vocal passion. After studying the clarinet in high school Boykin entered the University of California at Berkeley – and though studying psychology and social welfare – gravitated toward the jazz bands working on and near campus. Boykin worked Bay Area jazz and blues hot spots that helped her expand her musical horizons. Now she already works with Club des Belugas and Al Jarreau, just to name a few. In 1997 she had a “Bammy” nomination as Best Singer, in 2005 she received the award for best vocalist at the “Montreux Jazz Festival”.

It was album of the month (January 2007) on RADIO WDR 5, album of the month (November 2006) on RADIO Frei, album of the week (November 2006) on RADIO MONTE CARLO, Heavy Rotation on IBIZA GLOBAL RADIO, Top Ten best selling albums 2006 in Germany’s retailer shops

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The style of Jojo Effect’s music is High quality Lounge, flavoured with Bossa and Jazz “When we started to work on the album, we prayed that “Not with me” might be successful. We never imagined that it would be such a huge success as it was” (Jaycay) Accordingly the album was available worldwide in spring 2007.

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For a While

July 28th, 2009 by admin

As usually Nina Simone is splendid here as well, but I’ve noted that performing this composition she just added a few additional words besides the regular and well-known text. This is final lines
I need you here beside me
Forever and a day a day
I know whatever betides me
I love you I love you I do

As I see she took these few lines from her another song but which are absolutely fitted here by sense, theme and certain mood of any parting. Here is the song

If you knew how I missed you
You would not stay away today
Don’t you know I need you
Stay here my dear with me

I need you here my darling
Together for a day a day
Together never parting
Just you just me my love

I can’t go on without you
Your love is all I’m living for
I love all things about you
Your heart your soul my love

I need you here beside me
Forever and a day a day
I know whatever betides me
I love you I love you I do

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Lost in day to day,
Turned another way
With a laugh, a kind hello
And some small talk with friends I know
I forget that I’m not over you for a while.

A wave, an easy grin,
A smile to put them in,
Got other lives to listen to
And some music that I have to do
I forget that I’m not over you for a while.

Days go by with no empty feeling,
Until I touch my hair and touch my skin
And remember you’re gone.

People say to me, “hey Nina do you need some company?
When you have some time to spend,
Drop around-you need your friends.”
They forget that I’m not over you for a while,
They forget that I’m not over you for a while.

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Speak Your Heart

July 14th, 2009 by admin

My new favorite is Lizz Wright American jazz singer and composer. I’m just charmed by her worm, gentle and at the same time wide range, perceptible and masterly voice. Just falling in love with:-)

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I know what you wanna say , I see the words behind your eyes
By the time you show me what you’re hiding it won’t be no surprise

Why do you keep on whispering
Talking with your face turned away

You say that love don’t come easy for you
What makes you think I ain’t afraid

Let me in , or let me go
It’s time you tell me where you’re standing baby

I won’t go down if you say no
Just open up your mouth and say it baby

Speak your heart
Speak your heart

You used to say , the world goes away when you’re with me
I don’t want to be your reacuring dream

Let me out , let me stay after the sun rises
I want to be real to you , no more disguises

Let me in , or let me go
It’s time you tell me where you’re standing baby

I won’t go down if you say no
Just open up your mouth and say it baby

Speak your heart

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Deep Within The Corners Of My Mind

May 18th, 2009 by admin

One more Melody Gardot’s composition tittled “Deep within the corners of my mind”. Just love, love, love her!

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Deep within the corners of my mind
I keep a memory of your faces
And I only pull it out when I long for your embrace

Deep within the corners of my mind
I’m haunted by your smile
As it promises me joys like a journey to a tropic isle
It’s not hard to see what she do to me
It’s like a page right out of fist time wave
Though I try to fight it all the word you write
Leave me standing in the starry robe in some tradjec lovers place

But deep within the corners of my mind
I’m praying secretly that eventually in time
There’ll be a place for you and me

That eventually in time
There’ll be a place for you and me
There’ll be a place for you and me

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London Jazz Club

February 6th, 2009 by admin

It is an old and well known truth that there’s only two ways to sum up music; either it’s good or it’s bad, that’s enough! When it’s good you don’t mess about it, you just enjoy it. No doubt each of us has own preferences in musical genres and styles but the main reason we choose the music is it must be good. Good music is live Jazz in Boisdale’s London Jazz Bar where you can spend wonderful time listening your favorite music in splendid atmosphere of elegant, classic-modern live jazz .

Sure, you noted my preferences in music, this is “all that Jazz”, of course. When Lui Armstrong had been asked about what is jazz? famous musician said: “Man, if you have to ask what it is, you’ll never know.”. Jazz is like poetry, it’s full of the nuances of improvisation, rhythms, thrill of joy or sadness depending on kind of composition. Jazz is playing from heart to heart then you just feel it or you don’t.

There are a lot of well known places featuring jazz with links to various Jazz Club London sites where you will find any needed information including monthly program details. To jazz, or not to jazz, there is no question!

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