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23-05-2015, 05:57
Jazz | Vocal Jazz

Fay Claassen - Specially Arranged For Fay

Artist: Fay Claassen
Title: Specially Arranged For Fay
Year Of Release: August 5, 2003
Label: Jazz N Pulz
Genre: Jazz / Vocal Jazz
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: 320kbps / 44.1Khz / Joint-Stereo
Total Time: 58:43 min
Total Size: 134 MB
WebSite: amazon

01.Very Early
02.One of Those Things
03.Nature Boy
04.But Not for Me
05.Love for Sale
06.NWhen We Were One
07.Speak Low
08.Giant Steps
09.A House Is Not a Home

Although Dutch is the official language of the Netherlands, Dutch jazz vocalists generally prefer to sing in the same language as most Swedish, German, Norwegian, and Austrian jazz vocalists: English. It isn't that jazz singing cannot work well in other languages; it can sound great in the romance languages, and there have been some amazing examples of Swedish vocalists performing jazz interpretations of traditional Scandinavian folk songs. Nonetheless, English remains the primary language among European jazz singers, and it's a language that Dutch singer Fay Claassen gets around in nicely on her third album, Specially Arranged for Fay. This CD finds Claassen joining forces with the Millennium Jazz Orchestra, a Dutch big band. Joan Reinders serves as conductor/arranger, and the arrangements are tasteful (if conventional) on standards that range from Burt Bacharach's "A House Is Not a Home" to Bill Evans' "Very Early" to Kurt Weill's "Speak Low." At times, one hears slight traces of a Dutch accent when Claassen sings, but that's all they are -- slight traces. Claassen is consistently understandable, and it's obvious that she has an impressively strong command of the English language. The CD's greatest flaw is its excess of overdone Tin Pan Alley warhorses; while George Gershwin's "But Not For Me" and Cole Porter's "Just One of Those Things" are great songs, they're also songs that have been beaten to death over the years -- and Claassen doesn't bring anything new or different to them. Thankfully, she isn't the sort of jazz singer who has an "all-warhorses-all-the-time" policy; Rhythms and Rhymes, Claassen's second album, offers more surprises and is more adventurous in its choice of material. But even though Specially Arranged for Fay isn't her best release, it paints a generally attractive, if imperfect, picture of the talented Netherlands resident. ~ Alex Henderson

Personnel: Fay Claassen (vocals); Gerlo Hesselink (flute, clarinet, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Willy Van Diepen (flute, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Gerard Grobben (clarinet, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Martin Van Der Horst (clarinet, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Job Helmers (bass clarinet, baritone saxophone); Erik Hilferink, Herman Nijkamp, Rini Swinkels, Jan Wessels, Bert Fransen (trumpet, flugelhorn); Henri Gerrits, Gert Nijenbanning, Jeroen Rol (trombone); Eric Westerink (bass trombone); Hans Kwakkernaat (piano); Niek Van Wiggen (drums).

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