Fay Claassen

Red, Hot & Blue

Format: CD
Label: Challenge Records
UPC: 0608917326925
Catnr: CR 73269
Release date: 30 May 2008
1 CD
Challenge Records
Catalogue number
CR 73269
Release date
30 May 2008

About the album

The music of Cole Porter
Arrangements by Michael Abene

Fay Claassen: vocal | Olaf Polziehn: piano | Ingmar Heller: bass | Hans Dekker: drums Bonus Track: Fay Claassen: vocal | Michael Abene: piano | Paul Heller: tenor saxophone.In choosing a composer like Cole Porter you have an extraordinary amount of material to pick from. Beside the more famous Porter melodies there are songs that are not performed as much such as “All Through the Night”, “Ridin´High” and “Too Darn Hot”. In writing for Piano, bass and drums I wanted to create something that was challenging to Fay and the musicians and hopefully I succeded. Fay’s sense of time, pitch and lyric interpertation made me appreciate even more (to say it again) what a wonderful artist she is. I look forward to our next project together. (Michael Abene, from liner notes)
Fay Claassen’s interpretations of the ten timeless songs on this album testify most eloquently to her great affection for the work of Cole Porter, who was arguably the most accomplished, sophisticated and prolific contributor to the Great American Songbook. The combination of innovative and unconventional arrangements by Michael Abene, and a superbly compatible trio, makes this celebration of the enduring music and lyrics of the great Cole Porter an outstanding production.
Throughout, Fay Claassen sings with the impeccable timing and faultless diction for which she is renowned She has a confidence and élan that come from ten years of live performance experience. She negotiates complex melodic lines with great facility and sings the lyrics with great conviction and feeling.
As Michael Abene says, she has a great sense of time, pitch and lyric interpretation. It takes a great deal of assurance and control to sing Love For Sale at the dead slow tempo that is featured on this album, because it is a real challenge to maintain exact pitch on sustained notes – as Fay decidedly does. Most of the tracks feature scat choruses by Fay, sometimes in highly accurate harmony or unison with bassist Ingmar Heller – as on Dream Dancing –and she handles these with tremendous flair and vitality.
In addition to their superbly integrated and sensitive accompaniment, the trio of Olaf Polziehn, Ingmar Heller and Hans Dekker all contribute fine solo choruses. (Mike Hennessey)

Na een hommage aan Chet Baker stelt de Nederlandse zangeres componist en zanger Fay Claassen op haar nieuwste cd Cole Porter centraal. Porter wordt, samen met Irving Berlin, gezien als de belangrijkste componist van het Great American Songbook. Het album staat dan ook vol met standards als Love For Sale, Anything Goes en Easy To Love. Michael Abene voorzag die van nieuwe originele arrangementen die soepel en swingend worden uitgevoerd door pianist Olaf Polziehn, bassist Ingmar Heller en drummer Hans Dekker. Claassen laat weer eens horen dat ze beschikt over een perfecte timing, heldere voordracht en zuivere intonatie. Alle melodielijnen, hoe complex ook, komen er onberispelijk uit en ook de vele (grotendeels uitgeschreven) scat-solos klinken kraakhelder. Het is allemaal zo keurig dat je af en toe verlangt naar een vuige saxofoonsolo. Maar dat is dan ook het enige minpuntje aan deze prettige cd die ongetwijfeld zijn weg zal vinden naar de vele liefhebbers van vocale jazz. (HB)
Fay Claassen, ?the exciting new voice on the international jazz scene' (Bill Milkowski), hat sich wieder ein sehr besonderes Projekt vorgenommen: ?The Music Of Cole Porter', ein Tribut an den wohl wichtigsten Komponisten des ?Great American Songbook' . Michael Abene, Chefdirigent der WDR Big Band, schrieb Fay aufregende Arrangements auf den Leib. Kann man nach Ella, Billie und Sarah heutzutage Cole-Porter-Klassiker �berhaupt noch aufnehmen? Ja, man kann! Die niederl�ndische Jazz Diva und ihr fantastisch kommunizierendes Trio nehmen diese Herausforderung mit viel Respekt und einer gro�en Portion Individualit�t an. So kommt z.B. der alte Revue-Klassiker 'Anything Goes' als groovender 7/4 mit einer McCoy Tyner-esken Soloform daher, das eher unbekannte 'Ridin' High' erf�hrt durch moderne Reharmonisierung und komplexe Rhythmik eine wahre Frischzellenkur. Neben diesen rhythmisch enorm intensiven St�cken, in denen Fay Claassen ihre �berragende rhythmische St�rke und improvisatorische Leichtigkeit h�ren l�sst, besticht das Album auch durch die Tiefe von Balleden-Interpretationen in 'Easy To Love' und 'All Through The Night'.




Play album


Fay Claassen - Too Darn Hot
Fay Claassen - Anything Goes
Fay Claassen - The making of Red, Hot & Blue
Fay Claassen Interview
Fay Claassen, Thuisband - If I ever loose my faith

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