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18-06-2015, 05:17
Jazz | Vocal Jazz

Fay Claassen - Rhythms & Rhymes

Artist: Fay Claassen
Title Of Album: Rhythms & Rhymes
Year Of Release: 2008 (2003)
Label: Jazz 'N Pulz
Genre: Jazz / Vocal Jazz
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: 320kbps / 44.1kHz / Joint-Stereo
Total Time: 51:57 min
Total Size: 119 MB
WebSite: allmusic

01. Con Alma
02. What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life
03. Wild Is Love
04. La Belle Dame Sans Regrets
05. It Never Entered My Mind
06. Peace On Earth
07. If You Go Away
08. Seven Steps To Heaven
09. Once Upon A Summertime
10. Comecar De Novo

Contrary to what the more Manhattan-centric individuals in the jazz world would have us believe, European jazz vocalists don't have to record in the Big Apple to be legitimate -- a singer can find plenty of first-class improvisers to work with in places like Stockholm, Paris, Oslo, Copenhagen, and Amsterdam. So even if Fay Claassen had never crossed the Atlantic Ocean and opted to work in Europe exclusively, the Dutch singer would have a lot to be proud of. That said, Claassen did herself a nice favor when she traveled to the New York City/Northern New Jersey area in the early 2000s and recorded her second album, Rhythms and Rhymes, which was released in Holland on the Jazz 'N Pulz label. The American musicians who join Claassen on this CD include, among others, Toots Thielemans, guitarist Mike Stern, pianist Kenny Werner, trombonist Steve Davis, and vibist/marimba player Joe Locke -- an impressive cast, certainly, and one that obviously understands where Claassen is coming from as a singer. Although Claassen swings, she isn't an aggressive or forceful sort of vocalist -- her post-bop outlook is urbane, sophisticated, elegant, and refined. And thankfully, she has sympathetic accompaniment whether she is turning her attention to Jacques Brel's "If You Go Away," Michel Legrand's "Once Upon a Summertime," or Miles Davis' "Seven Steps to Heaven." Claassen sings in perfect English most of the time, although she is equally expressive when she detours into French on Sting's "La Belle Dame Sans Regrets," and Portuguese on Ivan Lins' "Comecar de Novo." Clearly, Rhythms and Rhymes is a solid and memorable document of Claassen's visit to the northeastern United States. ~Alex Henderson

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