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Sing!

Fay Claassen

Sing!

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Challenge Records
UPC: 0608917330120
Catnr: CR 73301
Release date: 03 September 2010
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Challenge Records
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0608917330120
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CR 73301
Release date
03 September 2010

""High flexability in the scat-singing and a dark timbre is the USP of Fay Claassen. You can really hear the stilistic influences from jazz stars like Ella Fitzgerald"."

Bachtrack, 13-10-2014
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It does say a lot that Fay Claassen is recognized, worldwide, by music critics as a jazz singer of international stature and allure. The greatest jazzdiva of the Netherlands is part of the younger generation vocalists and her new cd one can call 'grand', figuratively ánd literally speaking.

First there is this immense, big orchestra that is accompanying Fay: more than 120 people. In other words this is a BIG Big Band, consisting of WDR Big Band & het Rundfunk Orchester with conducter/arranger Michael Abene. Then there is the repertoire of great female vocal icons: from Ella to Björk and a lot of other famous ladies in between. This all makes the cd a big and extraordinary musical journey around the world. The choice of repertoire makes perfectly clear that Fay Claassen has a very broad musical interest. The fact that she sings also songs of for instance Joni Mitchell and Björk is a very pleasant surprise! Her interpretations are full of conviction and with a high doses of authenticity she makes these songs totally her own.

Cadence in the USA once wrote: “Fay Claassen is to singing what Audrey Hepburn was to the movies: elegant and graceful“. These words are also applicable to this new cd, where women have the leading role. Actrice Audrey Hepburn had a enormous and natural class and that is also a very important characteristic of Fay Claassen.
  • De samenwerking van zangeres Fay Claassen met de fameuze WDR Big Band en het geweldige WDR Rundfunk Orchester, leidde tot haar nieuwe album ‘SING!’
  • Claassen's eerbetoon aan de grote zangeressen: songs van Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, maar ook Björk en Joni Mitchell, allemaal in een Fay Claassen-jasje
  • Kenmerkend voor Claassen zijn haar krachtige timing en haar improvisatietalent
  • Die ongekend zuivere stem, met bij tijd en wijle dat ontroerende roestige randje: Fay heeft alles in huis om haar publiek diep in het hart te raken
  • Met ‘SING!’ heeft Fay Claassen zich definitief bij de internationale jazztop gevoegd
  • Fay Claassen is the exciting new voice on the international jazz scene.” (Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times)
Sie ist zur Jazz-Diva Hollands gereift, zum Aushängeschild des Vocal Jazz des Landes in der ganzen Welt. Fay Claassen spielte nach Abschluss ihrer Ausbildung am Konservatorium von Den Haag mit zahlreichen holländischen Künstlern und wurde schnell bekannt. Der internationale Durchbruch gelang im neuen Jahrhundert, nach ersten Auftritten auf dem North Sea Jazz Festival. Seither spielt sie auf zahlreichen europäischen und amerikanischen Bühnen, Kenny Werner und Mike Stern u.a. waren Gastmusiker bei ihren CD-Veröffentlichungen. Internationale Anerkennung erwarb sie mit ihren 'Portraits of Chet Baker'. Ihre zweite Arbeit mit der Grammy-ausgezeichneten WDR Big Band präsentiert von Michael Abene außergewöhnlich arrangierte Standards. Aber auch ganz besondere Kompositionen anderer Sängerinnen, seien sie aus dem Jazz ('Throw It Away?/Abbey Lincoln, 'Tight?/Betty Carter) oder eher nicht ('Cover Me?/Björk, 'Be Cool?/Joni Mitchell).

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Fay Claassen

Fay Claassen (vocals) Fay recorded her own albums together with many international musicians such as Mike Stern, Kenny Werner, Toots Thielemands, and she was invited as soloist for many CD recordings by the WDR Big Band, Bob Brookmeyers New Art Orchestra, the Millennium Jazz Orchestra and the Danish Radio Big Band. She cooperated with well known conducters and arrangers such as Jim Mc Neely, Vince Mendoza and Michael Abene. Fay was rewarded with The Golden Record for her double album Two Portraits of Chet Baker. Jazz Times USA wrote about this cd: ’An Astonishing Album’, Down Beat: ‘A mega-production with extremely solo contributions’. In the Winners Poll of All About Jazz USA the album was proclaimed as ‘Best Vocal Album of the...
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Fay Claassen (vocals) Fay recorded her own albums together with many international musicians such as Mike Stern, Kenny Werner, Toots Thielemands, and she was invited as soloist for many CD recordings by the WDR Big Band, Bob Brookmeyers New Art Orchestra, the Millennium Jazz Orchestra and the Danish Radio Big Band.
She cooperated with well known conducters and arrangers such as Jim Mc Neely, Vince Mendoza and Michael Abene. Fay was rewarded with The Golden Record for her double album Two Portraits of Chet Baker. Jazz Times USA wrote about this cd: ’An Astonishing Album’, Down Beat: ‘A mega-production with extremely solo contributions’.
In the Winners Poll of All About Jazz USA the album was proclaimed as ‘Best Vocal Album of the Year’. Moreover, for other albums Fay received a Grammy longlistnomination and an Edison Award. In 2011 her succesfully cd SING! with the WDR Big Band and the WDR Rundfunk Orchester conducted and arranged by Michael Abene was presented. As guest soloist Fay was often invited by the Metropole Orkest and Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw. Her effortless skill of improvisation not only brought her on stages in Europe, but also in Japan, China and the U.S.A.
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"High flexability in the scat-singing and a dark timbre is the USP of Fay Claassen. You can really hear the stilistic influences from jazz stars like Ella Fitzgerald".
Bachtrack, 13-10-2014

"Claassen heeft een goed gevoel voor tekst, een mooie, mezzo stem en een beheerst gevoel van scat. Ondertussen kan de band een zachte, houtblazers-georiënteerd ensemble of een krachtige brass-band zijn.''
, 14-10-2010

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Videos

Fay Claassen - the making of - SING!
Fay Claassen - 23 september 2010 - DWDD - Voor aanvang (extra opname)
Fay Claassen - 23 september 2010 De Minuut - DWDD

Often bought together with..

Dutch Songbook
Fay Claassen
Live at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw
Fay Claassen & Trio Peter Beets
Hugo Wolf
Italienisches Liederbuch (Italian songbook)
Christoph Prégardien / Julia Kleiter / Hilko Dumno
Stories Untold - Jazz Thing Next Generation Vol. 34
Hannah Köpf
Two Portraits of Chet Baker
Fay Claassen

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