The Jazz Album
Download links and information about The Jazz Album by Thomas Quasthoff, Till Brönner / Till Bronner. This album was released in 2007 and it belongs to Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Opera genres. It contains 12 tracks with total duration of 49:00 minutes.
|Artist:||Thomas Quasthoff, Till Brönner / Till Bronner|
|Genre:||Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Opera|
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The great German bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff has done some astonishing things in his career, even appearing on-stage in the role of Amfortas in Wagner's Parsifal. This, though, has to be the widest left turn that Quasthoff has made yet, a "jazz" album of 12 American pop standards. Yeah, sure, other classical singers have done it, often with crossover dollars or Euros in mind, almost always with laughably pompous, treacly or condescending results. Quasthoff claims that he had experience singing jazz per se early in his career, but so did singers like Kiri Te Kanawa and Renée Fleming — neither of whom sound convincing in pop.
So how does Quasthoff manage to succeed in this venture where others do not? For one thing, there is nothing resembling operatic or lieder feeling in his delivery. His English diction is perfect, and yet his rich, deep, resonant timbre is intact, arrestingly so. Herb Jeffries or Johnny Hartman are the closest reference points, but Quasthoff doesn't copy either of them. When Quasthoff raises his voice to a big climax on Stevie Wonder's "You And I," he doesn't sound like a classical singer; there's a edge and grit at the top that an impassioned pop vocalist would be more likely to bring. He doesn't improvise, but he can comfortably bend a swinging inflection now and then; one imagines that he has imbibed heavily from the fountain of Sinatra. The only serious criticism is that sometimes Quasthoff's treatment of the line sounds a bit stiff and unyielding. Perhaps if he had recorded in the same room with the band, the real-time contact with real-life jazzers would have loosened him up some. In any case, Quasthoff gets a first-class production from Till Brönner, who also contributes some crackling or moody-Miles trumpet solos in spots. The arrangements feature either a studio big band or the luxurious Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, with Alan Broadbent (who redeems "Secret Love" with an appealing bossa nova treatment) and Nan Schwartz exchanging chart action, spelled by Steve Gray's New Orleans second-line jiggling of "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive." ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi