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Inner Tide

Anette von Eichel

Inner Tide

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Format: CD
Label: Double Moon Records
UPC: 0608917137521
Catnr: DMCHR 71375
Release date: 28 January 2021
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Double Moon Records
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0608917137521
Catalogue number
DMCHR 71375
Release date
28 January 2021

"... What she develops with her excellent band as an overall sound is not accompanied song with lyrics here and rhythm section there. Her voice is rather a special instrument that interacts with the rest of the band..."

Rheinpfalz, 26-5-2021
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About the album

After Anette von Eichel opened a small window for the audience in 2001 with her debut CD “Welcome To My World” to let people discover a previously unknown vocal talent, the spectacular and official start of her career was in 2004 with the release of “Get Out Now” in the beginnings of Jazz thing Next Generation. She has been teaching at the Academy of Music and Dance in Cologne as a professor of jazz singing since 2010. Nevertheless, she realigns her musical parameters and surprises with releases that stand out from the enormous sea of sound recording media in a pleasantly unpretentious way. After “Golightly” (Double Moon DMCHR 71106) from 2012, a duo CD in 2017 and a Mingus project in 2019, “Inner Tide” is now her next work.

The album unites a top-class instrumental combo with pianist Sebastian Sternal, bassist Henning Sieverts, drummer Jonas Burgwinkel and saxophonist Jonas Blom, in which the names alone prove that they cannot be reduced to mere accompanists. “This is exactly where I am now,” Anette von Eichel described the core statement of the nine titles of “Inner Tide”. For her, it is a sign of the way, as always, when the singer, after a supposedly quieter public phase, comes out into the open again, deeply authentic, prominently, the field staked out with the “Eichel” brand. Or as she puts it laughingly: “Pure Me.” Her older albums always featured pieces by others that fit her well. “Now, for the first time everything comes from me, not only the lyrics, but also the entire music. This is a big and important step for me, almost a new phase of my identity. And the result really makes me very, very happy!”

“Inner Tide”, the motto of the album, describes the intention of the vocalist, for whom improvisation is an essential part of her self-conception. It's about the inner tides, these special moments between emotional low and tides. “This is how I sweetly pass through my days and nights, a bit out of this world, humming, rising and sinking with my Inner Tide,” as expressed in the last verse of the song “Secret Garden.” Anette von Eichel: “Everyone has these secret gardens in their inner self, into which they retreat again and again, where they can let themselves fall and feel all the ups and downs.” She does this in her inimitable way and with the intuitive sense of being able to use her own voice as an instrument. Especially when you listen attentively to Anette von Eichel, one of the most intonation-assured, steadfast jazz vocalists on the German scene, you suddenly remember how important hitting the right tone in the context of a successful performance can actually be.

“I even see getting older an advantage,” the 49-year-old admitted with disarming openness. “I know myself better, can do more than 10, 15 years ago, and listen better, both harmoniously and rhythmically. And my voice has also developed. Not so much the lyrical mezzo-soprano I was at a young age, but more adult, more mature.” This is also what satisfaction and being in harmony with yourself sounds like. In fact, “Inner Tide” reveals the best ever Anette von Eichel. “It was my idea to listen to my inner self.” she said.
Nachdem Anette von Eichel 2001 mit ihrer Debut-CD „Welcome To My World“ ein kleines Fenster für das Publikum öffnete, um ein bis dato unbekanntes Vokaltalent entdecken zu können, erschien 2004 in der Anfangsphase der Jazz thing Next Generation mit „Get Out Now“ der spektakuläre und offizielle Startschuss ihrer Karriere. Seit 2010 unterrichtet sie an der Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Köln als Professorin für Jazzgesang. Dennoch richtet sie regelmäßig ihre musikalischen Parameter neu aus und überrascht mit Veröffentlichungen, die sich auf angenehm unprätentiöse Weise aus dem gewaltigen Tonträger-Meer abheben. Nach „Golightly“ (Double Moon DMCHR 71106) von 2012, einer Duo-CD 2017 und einem Mingus-Projekt 2019 folgt nun „Inner Tide“.

Das Album vereint mit dem Pianisten Sebastian Sternal, dem Bassisten Henning Sieverts, dem Schlagzeuger Jonas Burgwinkel und dem Saxofonisten Jonas Blom eine hochkarätige Instrumentalcombo, bei der schon die Namen allein belegen, dass sie sich beileibe nicht aufs bloße Begleiten reduzieren lässt. „Genau hier stehe ich jetzt gerade“, beschreibt Anette von Eichel die Kernaussage der neun Titel von „Inner Tide“. Für sie sind es Wegmarken, wie immer, wenn die Sängerin nach einer vermeintlich ruhigeren öffentlichen Phase wieder ihren Kopf aus der Deckung reckt, zutiefst authentische, markante, in den Boden gerammte Pflöcke der Marke „Eichel“. Oder wie sie es lachend formuliert: „Pures Ich“. Auf ihren älteren Alben fanden sich bislang immer wieder Stücke aus fremder Feder, die gut zu ihr passten. „Nun stammt zum ersten Mal alles von mir, nicht nur die Texte, sondern auch die komplette Musik. Das ist ein großer und wichtiger Schritt für mich, quasi eine neue Phase meiner Identität. Und das Resultat macht mich wirklich sehr, sehr glücklich!“

„Inner Tide“, das Motto des Albums, beschreibt die Intention der Vokalistin, für die Improvisation ein wesentlicher Bestandteil ihres Selbstverständnisses ist. Es geht um die inneren Gezeiten, diese besonderen Momente zwischen emotionaler Ebbe und Flut. „This is how I sweetly pass through my days and nights, a bit out of this world, humming, rising and sinking with my Inner Tide“ heißt es in der letzten Strophe des Songs „Secret Garden“. Anette von Eichel: „Jeder trägt diese geheimen Gärten ins sich, in die er sich immer wieder zurückzieht, wo er sich fallen lassen und dem ganzen Auf und Ab nachspüren kann.“ Dies tut sie auf ihre unnachahmliche Weise und dem intuitiven Gespür, die eigene Stimme wie ein Instrument einsetzen zu können. Gerade wenn man Anette von Eichel aufmerksam zuhört, einer der intonationssichersten, gefestigtsten Jazz-Vokalistinnen der deutschen Szene, dann fällt einem schlagartig wieder ein, wie wichtig das Treffen des richtigen Tones im Kontext einer gelungenen Darbietung eigentlich sein kann.

„Ich sehe es sogar als Vorteil, älter zu werden“, gibt die 49-Jährige mit entwaffnender Offenheit zu. „Ich kenne mich besser, kann mehr, als noch vor 10, 15 Jahren, und höre besser, sowohl harmonisch wie auch rhythmisch. Und auch die Stimme entwickelt sich. Nicht mehr so ganz der lyrische Mezzosopran, der ich in jungen Jahren war, sondern erwachsener, reifer.“ So klingt auch Zufriedenheit und Mit-sich-im-Reinen-sein. Tatsächlich offenbart „Inner Tide“ die beste Anette von Eichel, die es je gab. „Es war meine Idee, ein Ohr nach innen zu haben“, sagt sie.

Artist(s)

Anette von Eichel (vocals)

„… modern Jazz vocal artistry!“ Jazzthing, October 2012 Music is a language, Jazz one of its idiom, and the voice its first instrument. The voice draws brigdes between musical texture and lyric, is taking the word dialogue seriously and who ever sings should have something to say. Anette von Eichel’s voice is a natural beauty, extraordinary and unique in many aspects: low and guttural, warm, powerful and to the point, in the higher range clear and always transparent. Two other striking qualities of Anette von Eichel as a singer and a musician are her way of moving in the interplay of a band and Anette’s personal charme that radiates in her singing and in her performance on stage. Having grown up in the...
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„… modern Jazz vocal artistry!“ Jazzthing, October 2012

Music is a language, Jazz one of its idiom, and the voice its first instrument. The voice draws brigdes between musical texture and lyric, is taking the word dialogue seriously and who ever sings should have something to say. Anette von Eichel’s voice is a natural beauty, extraordinary and unique in many aspects: low and guttural, warm, powerful and to the point, in the higher range clear and always transparent. Two other striking qualities of Anette von Eichel as a singer and a musician are her way of moving in the interplay of a band and Anette’s personal charme that radiates in her singing and in her performance on stage.

Having grown up in the countryside in the north of Hessen Anette von Eichel studied Jazzsinging at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague (NL) from 1994-1998 with a.o. Rachel Gould, Ineke Heijliger, Jeanne Lee and Frans Elsen. She also studied the history of European Expansion at the Rijksuniversiteit in Leiden (NL) from 1995 on. In 1998 Anette did her bachelor’s degree for Jazzsinging, in 2000 followed her bachelor in history and her master degree in Jazzsinging with distinction.

In 2001 Anette published her debut cd „Welcome To My World“ that was welcomed warmly by the critics. Further CD productions and music projects followed that established collaborations with e.g. Jasper Blom, Jonas Burgwinkel, Rainer Böhm, Wolfert Brederode, Hein van de Geyn, John Hollenbeck, Marko Lackner, Robert Landfermann, Florian Ross, Jesse van Ruller, Matthias Schriefl a.o.

With her new project „Golightly“ Anette has published her latest CD in September 2012. In this project she has found a new Dream Band with Florian Ross (hammond), Jesse van Ruller (git), John Hollenbeck (dr) and Jasper Blom (sax, clar). Musical Godmother of the project is Holly Golightly, the heroin of Truman Capote’s Breakfast At Tiffany’s and the way she sees the world. The music is trying to give the listener a sound portrait of Holly’s character.

Anette sees herself as a Jazzsinger and a Jazzmusician. Musically it is important for her to always be in dialogue with her fellow musicians and to taste the dynamics of the music on one level with them. Jazzsinging to her is the interaction of song, poetry and improvisation – always in the energetic exchange with her fellow musicians. Important topics in this respect are the interpretation of music with the means of sound, phrasing, timing, arrangement and improvisation and the everlasting search for the moment of magic that music can give us.

Next to her work as a singer Anette soon recognized her love for teaching singing and Jazzmusic in general. Since 2010 she is Professor for Jazzsinging at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne (Germany). Before she was offered this position Anette taught at several schools e.g. the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and the departments for Jazz at the Musikhochschulen in Cologne and Osnabrück (Germany).
In 2006 Anette moved back to Germany where her current residence is in Cologne. Anette is married and has two daughters.

CD-productions that Anette participated in: 2012 „Golightly“, Anette von Eichel Quintett mit: Florian Ross, Jesse van Ruller, John Hollenbeck und Jasper Blom (Double Moon Records) 2007 „Kauf Dir einen bunten Luftballon“, Deujazz mit: Matthias Schriefl, Robert Landfermann und Jonas Burgwinkel (Blue Concept) 2007 „Ein Fliehendes Pferd“, Filmmusik mit Annette Focks (Normal Records) 2004 „Get Out Now“ Anette von Eichel Band mit: Michael Erian, Jakob Frandsen, Wolfert Brederode, Jens Loh und Thorten Grau (Double Moon Records) 2001 „Welcome To My World“, Anette von Eichel Band mit: Michael Erian, Matthias Bergmann, Jakob Frandsen, Wolfert Brederode, Jens Loh, Thorsten Grau und Hein van de Geyn (AVE 2001) 1998 „Focus on Vocals“, Bundesjugendjazzorchester u.L.v. Peter Herbolzheimer (Mons Records)


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Jonas Burgwinkel (drums)

He studied drums at music colleges in Cologne, Boston and Maastricht with Michael Küttner, Ralph Peterson and Jamey Haddad. He was awarded the reknown „ECHO JAZZ“ 2012 as best drummer „BEST SOLOIST AWARD“ on the European Jazz Competition at the North Sea Jazzfestival , the prestigous „WDR JAZZPREIS“ and „SWR JAZZPREIS“ in Germany and the Dutch „TRITONE AWARD“  among others. The press refers to him often as one of the leading young percussion players of the European Jazzscene. Burgwinkel also holds the drum Professor chair at the reknown “Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln”. During his young career he has already recorded over 50 jazz albums and toured worldwide in numerous different settings with artists like John Scofield, Chris Potter,...
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He studied drums at music colleges in Cologne, Boston and Maastricht with Michael Küttner, Ralph Peterson and Jamey Haddad. He was awarded the reknown „ECHO JAZZ“ 2012 as best drummer „BEST SOLOIST AWARD“ on the European Jazz Competition at the North Sea Jazzfestival , the prestigous „WDR JAZZPREIS“ and „SWR JAZZPREIS“ in Germany and the Dutch „TRITONE AWARD“ among others. The press refers to him often as one of the leading young percussion players of the European Jazzscene. Burgwinkel also holds the drum Professor chair at the reknown “Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln”. During his young career he has already recorded over 50 jazz albums and toured worldwide in numerous different settings with artists like John Scofield, Chris Potter, Mark Murphy, Lee Konitz, Uri Caine, John Taylor, Till Brönner, Chris Speed, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Nils Wogram or Dave Liebman.

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Henning Sieverts (double bass)

Sebastian Sternal (piano)

Twenty-five year old Sebastian Sternal from Mainz learned to play classical piano when he was six and was already awarded his first prize in his Palatine homeland when he was 12. He was the prizewinner of 'Young People Jazzing' twice, and another distinction followed as first-place winner in the contest 'Young People Compose'. He was a member of the German Youth Jazz Orchestra and studied jazz piano at Cologne Music College under John Taylor and Hubert Nuss. Sebastian has composed film music and is a member of several ensembles. 'One' of these – and his most important – is the Sebastian Sternal Trio. The trio has been together for seven years and plays original compositions by Sternal. One song is by...
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Twenty-five year old Sebastian Sternal from Mainz learned to play classical piano when he was six and was already awarded his first prize in his Palatine homeland when he was 12. He was the prizewinner of "Young People Jazzing" twice, and another distinction followed as first-place winner in the contest "Young People Compose". He was a member of the German Youth Jazz Orchestra and studied jazz piano at Cologne Music College under John Taylor and Hubert Nuss.
Sebastian has composed film music and is a member of several ensembles. "One" of these – and his most important – is the Sebastian Sternal Trio. The trio has been together for seven years and plays original compositions by Sternal. One song is by the bassist Sebastian Klose, who also graduated together with drummer Axel Pape and both with excellent grades as a music majors from the University of Mainz. Both play in numerous bands and are musicians much in demand. The trio was already named state winner at their first public performance in the Hessian state contest "Young People Jazzing" in 2002. In 2003, the musicians were awarded a special prize at the "German Encounter of Young People Jazzing". Following one year of studies in Paris, Sebastian Sternal has lived in Cologne for the past year. In 2007, he was distinguished with the renowned "WDR Jazz Prize" for his outstanding skills in the area of improvisation.

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Jasper Blom (saxophone)

Composer(s)

Anette von Eichel (vocals)

„… modern Jazz vocal artistry!“ Jazzthing, October 2012 Music is a language, Jazz one of its idiom, and the voice its first instrument. The voice draws brigdes between musical texture and lyric, is taking the word dialogue seriously and who ever sings should have something to say. Anette von Eichel’s voice is a natural beauty, extraordinary and unique in many aspects: low and guttural, warm, powerful and to the point, in the higher range clear and always transparent. Two other striking qualities of Anette von Eichel as a singer and a musician are her way of moving in the interplay of a band and Anette’s personal charme that radiates in her singing and in her performance on stage. Having grown up in the...
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„… modern Jazz vocal artistry!“ Jazzthing, October 2012

Music is a language, Jazz one of its idiom, and the voice its first instrument. The voice draws brigdes between musical texture and lyric, is taking the word dialogue seriously and who ever sings should have something to say. Anette von Eichel’s voice is a natural beauty, extraordinary and unique in many aspects: low and guttural, warm, powerful and to the point, in the higher range clear and always transparent. Two other striking qualities of Anette von Eichel as a singer and a musician are her way of moving in the interplay of a band and Anette’s personal charme that radiates in her singing and in her performance on stage.

Having grown up in the countryside in the north of Hessen Anette von Eichel studied Jazzsinging at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague (NL) from 1994-1998 with a.o. Rachel Gould, Ineke Heijliger, Jeanne Lee and Frans Elsen. She also studied the history of European Expansion at the Rijksuniversiteit in Leiden (NL) from 1995 on. In 1998 Anette did her bachelor’s degree for Jazzsinging, in 2000 followed her bachelor in history and her master degree in Jazzsinging with distinction.

In 2001 Anette published her debut cd „Welcome To My World“ that was welcomed warmly by the critics. Further CD productions and music projects followed that established collaborations with e.g. Jasper Blom, Jonas Burgwinkel, Rainer Böhm, Wolfert Brederode, Hein van de Geyn, John Hollenbeck, Marko Lackner, Robert Landfermann, Florian Ross, Jesse van Ruller, Matthias Schriefl a.o.

With her new project „Golightly“ Anette has published her latest CD in September 2012. In this project she has found a new Dream Band with Florian Ross (hammond), Jesse van Ruller (git), John Hollenbeck (dr) and Jasper Blom (sax, clar). Musical Godmother of the project is Holly Golightly, the heroin of Truman Capote’s Breakfast At Tiffany’s and the way she sees the world. The music is trying to give the listener a sound portrait of Holly’s character.

Anette sees herself as a Jazzsinger and a Jazzmusician. Musically it is important for her to always be in dialogue with her fellow musicians and to taste the dynamics of the music on one level with them. Jazzsinging to her is the interaction of song, poetry and improvisation – always in the energetic exchange with her fellow musicians. Important topics in this respect are the interpretation of music with the means of sound, phrasing, timing, arrangement and improvisation and the everlasting search for the moment of magic that music can give us.

Next to her work as a singer Anette soon recognized her love for teaching singing and Jazzmusic in general. Since 2010 she is Professor for Jazzsinging at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne (Germany). Before she was offered this position Anette taught at several schools e.g. the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and the departments for Jazz at the Musikhochschulen in Cologne and Osnabrück (Germany).
In 2006 Anette moved back to Germany where her current residence is in Cologne. Anette is married and has two daughters.

CD-productions that Anette participated in: 2012 „Golightly“, Anette von Eichel Quintett mit: Florian Ross, Jesse van Ruller, John Hollenbeck und Jasper Blom (Double Moon Records) 2007 „Kauf Dir einen bunten Luftballon“, Deujazz mit: Matthias Schriefl, Robert Landfermann und Jonas Burgwinkel (Blue Concept) 2007 „Ein Fliehendes Pferd“, Filmmusik mit Annette Focks (Normal Records) 2004 „Get Out Now“ Anette von Eichel Band mit: Michael Erian, Jakob Frandsen, Wolfert Brederode, Jens Loh und Thorten Grau (Double Moon Records) 2001 „Welcome To My World“, Anette von Eichel Band mit: Michael Erian, Matthias Bergmann, Jakob Frandsen, Wolfert Brederode, Jens Loh, Thorsten Grau und Hein van de Geyn (AVE 2001) 1998 „Focus on Vocals“, Bundesjugendjazzorchester u.L.v. Peter Herbolzheimer (Mons Records)


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Press

... What she develops with her excellent band as an overall sound is not accompanied song with lyrics here and rhythm section there. Her voice is rather a special instrument that interacts with the rest of the band...
Rheinpfalz, 26-5-2021

Finally, after a long time, I discovered a singer who has a very distinctive expression, is not afraid, is confident, and what's more - she scats! And how! Anette von Eichel...
sk.jazz.sk, 20-5-2021

... That the artist Anette von Eichel is one of the experts in her field, you know when you read the biography....
Concerto, Austria , 01-4-2021

... Von Eichel really makes a statement here as this is the first set where she's the hand on the composing wheel throughout.
Midwest Record US, 15-2-2021

... With a trained voice and precise intonation, she leads through soulful ballads, swinging grooves, scats, leaving the instrumentalists plenty of room to develop, to flesh out, to translate the lyrics into appropriate sounds.
Na Dann, 11-2-2021

... Thus, the music, considered in its entirety, comes across as so loosely shaken out of the sleeve that one can only rejoice in view of it. In addition, Anette von Eichel has a very individual voice, with which she creates partly unusual, not only in a function as a pure jazz vocalist. And therefore, each individual song seems like a highlight of the album when listening, you can quickly get involved and ride along...
Musikansich, 31-1-2021

... authentic "Eichel" brand pegs driven into the ground.... Indeed, "Inner Tide" reveals the best Anette von Eichel ever...
Jazzthing, 25-1-2021

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