This CD is a change of pace for the Jazz Thing Next Generation series on Double Moon. While most of the artists on the label are up-and-coming jazz musicians, Nils-Christopher Vogler is a talented singer/songwriter. His background is partly in jazz and he even earned a degree in jazz vocals at the Folkwang University, but his original music is more pop-oriented and personal.
On his recording debut, We Can Be, the 26-year old performs 11 of his songs with a septet. While there are occasional solos from his sidemen, the focus is almost entirely on Nils-Christopher’s warm voice and his insightful lyrics about love affairs. Among the songs that he introduces are hopeful love songs (“We Can Be”), less optimistic tales about relationships (“River,” “Water And Sand” and the complex “A Little Light”), the abstract “On Your Way,” the end of a relationship (“Why Aren’t You With Me?”), possible beginnings (“We Get Close”), feeling magic (“Corona”) and the need to reach for new goals and heights (“Give It A Try”).
Despite his youth, Nils-Christopher shows a great deal of maturity in both his lyrics and his interpretations of the words. He has a great deal of potential for the future and this is a fine debut.