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Inviting | JazzThing Next Generation Vol. 98

Karoline Weidt Quartet

Inviting | JazzThing Next Generation Vol. 98

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Label: Double Moon Records
UPC: 0608917142129
Catnr: DMCHR 71421
Release date: 26 May 2023
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Double Moon Records
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0608917142129
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DMCHR 71421
Release date
26 May 2023

"... filigree compositions, played with sensitivity ..."

Concerto, 01-6-2023
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The music of Karoline Weidt and her band sounds inviting indeed, which is why “Inviting” is also a fitting title for Karoline Weidt Quartet's debut album. The singer, born in Brandenburg in 1995, discovered her artistic destiny at a very early age. “I've always sung,” Weidt said. “After singing in a children's choir, I decided to take professional singing lessons.” This quickly fell on fertile ground, and Karoline Weidt soon discovered jazz. “When I was fifteen, I sang my first jazz song,” she recalled. “I liked it very much because I had the impression that you don't have to be like someone else, but instead you can just be yourself. She has many role models, and they have changed a lot over time. Of course, at first I couldn't listen enough to Ella Fitzgerald, and later I also listened a lot to Norma Winstone.” Karoline Weidt studied jazz singing in Dresden, and she also met the members of her band there. Bassist Loreen Sima (“Loreen plays very filigree, but can also develop a powerful punch”) also has her own trio, and the areas of interest of pianist Mikolaj Suchanek range from Baroque to Modern Jazz. “Miko first studied classical piano and then switched to jazz,” Weidt said. “You can discover completely new worlds with him, and I find that very exciting.” Drummer Valentin Steinle not only sits behind the drums in Weidt's band, but also in the trio of pianist Emmanuel Walter. “Valentin plays in a very interesting way,” the singer stated. “I think he listens to a lot of hip-hop. This makes for a great mix together with the others.”

The songs on “Inviting” almost all come from the pen of the singer – not only the music, but also many lyrics. "I need peace and quiet for songwriting," Weidt said. “In the beginning I found it particularly difficult to compose lyrics, but now I love to play with words.”
This interest has also led Weidt to become enthusiastic about the poems of Emily Dickinson and therefore set three of them to music. “I like how Emily Dickinson putts words together and creates a complete world,” the singer said, who now lives in Munich and has already won several prizes with her quartet: the New Generation #jazzlab at the Festival da Jazz in St. Moritz, the Junge Münchner Jazzpreis and the Blue Note Jazz Competition in Poznán, Poland.

The only cover version that made it onto the album is "Speak Low" by Kurt Weill; the interpretation has an interesting history. “Shortly before the lockdown, I taught myself to play vibraphone,” the singer stated. "Speak Low was just going around in my head back then and that's why I completely rearranged and reharmonized the song and then rewrote this arrangement for the band. We take up the message of the song, but the harmonies are quite different."

"Inviting" also has two prominent guests. The title song is refined by the Berlin vibraphonist Christopher Dell, and trumpeter Sebastian Studnitzky is guest on the restrained "Revery". “Sebastian Studnitzky plays so beautifully and so spherically that I really wanted to have him on 'Revery',” the singer stated enthusiastically. “Since he's a lecturer in Dresden, I just asked him.”
All these ingredients make “Inviting” not only an inviting thing, but an album that combines many different songs and moods with a casual virtuosity. And Karoline Weidt is at the start of a promising career with her voice, which radiates a natural self-confidence from a young age.

Einladend klingt die Musik von Karoline Weidt und ihrer Band in der Tat, und deshalb ist „Inviting“ auch ein passender Titel für das Debüt-Album des Karoline Weidt Quartet. Die Sängerin, 1995 in Brandenburg geboren, hat ihre künstlerische Bestimmung schon sehr früh entdeckt. „Gesungen habe ich schon immer“, erzählt Weidt. „Nach dem Kinderchor habe ich mich dann entschlossen, professionellen Gesangsunterricht zu nehmen.“
Der fiel schnell auf fruchtbaren Boden und auch den Jazz hat Karoline Weidt schnell für sich entdeckt. „Mit fünfzehn habe ich den ersten Jazzsong gesungen“, erinnert sie sich. „Das hat mir sehr gut gefallen, weil ich den Eindruck hatte, dass man nicht sein muss wie jemand anders, sondern einfach man selbst sein kann. Vorbilder gibt es viele und die haben sich auch stark verändert. Am Anfang kam ich natürlich an Ella Fitzgerald nicht vorbei, später habe ich auch sehr viel Norma Winstone gehört.“
In Dresden hat Karoline Weidt dann Jazz-Gesang studiert und dort hat sie auch die Mitglieder ihrer Band kennen gelernt. Bassistin Loreen Sima - „Loreen spielt sehr filigran, kann aber auch einen mächtigen Punch entwickeln“ - unterhält auch noch ihr eigenes Trio, die Interessengebiete des Pianisten Mikolaj Suchanek reichen von Barock bis zum Modern Jazz. „Miko hat zunächst klassisches Klavier studiert und ist dann erst zum Jazz gekommen“, erzählt Weidt. „Mit ihm kann man ganz neue Welten entdecken und das finde ich sehr spannend.“ Schlagzeuger Valentin Steinle sitzt nicht nur bei Weidt hinter den Drums, sondern auch im Trio des Pianisten Emmanuel Walter. „Valentin spielt sehr interessant“, findet die Sängerin, „ich glaube, er hört viel HipHop. Zusammen mit den anderen ergibt das eine tolle Mischung.“
Die Songs auf „Inviting“ stammen fast alle aus der Feder der Sängerin - und zwar nicht nur die Musik, sondern auch viele Texte. „Zum Songschreiben brauche ich Ruhe“, hat Weidt festgestellt. „Am Anfang fiel es mir besonders schwer, Texte zu schreiben, aber mittlerweile liebe ich es, mit Worten zu spielen.“
Dieses Interesse hat auch dazu geführt, dass Weidt sich für die Gedichte von Emily Dickinson begeistern kann und deshalb drei von ihnen vertont hat. „An Emily Dickinson gefällt mir, dass sie Worte aneinander setzt und daraus eine komplette Welt entsteht“, sagt die Sängerin, die mittlerweile in München lebt und mit ihrem Quartett schon mehrere Preise gewonnen hat: Den New Generation #jazzlab beim Festival da Jazz in St. Moritz, den Jungen Münchner Jazzpreis und die Blue Note Jazz Competition im polnischen Poznán.
Die einzige Cover-Version, die es auf das Album geschafft, ist „Speak Low“ von Kurt Weill - die Interpretation hat eine interessante Entstehungsgeschichte. „Kurz vor dem Lockdown habe ich mir selbst Vibraphon spielen beigebracht“, erzählt die Sängerin. „‚Speak Low‘ ging mir damals gerade im Kopf herum und deshalb habe ich den Song komplett neu arrangiert und reharmonisiert und dieses Arrangement habe ich dann für die Band noch einmal umgeschrieben. Wir greifen die Botschaft des Songs auf, aber die Harmonien sind ganz anders.“
Mit zwei prominenten Gästen kann „Inviting“ außerdem aufwarten. Der Titelsong wird von dem Berliner Vibraphonisten Christopher Dell veredelt und auf dem verhaltenen „Revery“ ist der Trompeter Sebastian Studnitzky zu Gast. „Sebastian Studnitzky spielt so schön und so sphärisch, dass ich ihn auf ‚Revery‘ unbedingt dabei haben wollte“, schwärmt die Sängerin. „Da er Dozent in Dresden ist, habe ich ihn einfach gefragt.“
All diese Zutaten machen „Inviting“ nicht nur zu einer einladenden Sache, sondern zu einem Album, das viele verschiedene Songs und Stimmungen mit einer lässigen Virtuosität verbindet. Und Karoline Weidt steht mit ihrer Stimme, die schon in jungen Jahren eine natürliche Selbstsicherheit ausstrahlt, am Start einer vielversprechenden Karriere.

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Kurt Weill

Kurt Weill was a German composer, active from the 1920s in his native country, and in his later years in the United States. He was a leading composer for the stage who was best known for his fruitful collaborations with Bertolt Brecht. With Brecht, he developed productions such as his best-known work The Threepenny Opera, which included the ballad 'Mack the Knife'. Weill held the ideal of writing music that served a socially useful purpose. He also wrote several works for the concert hall. He became a United States citizen on August 27, 1943.
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Kurt Weill was a German composer, active from the 1920s in his native country, and in his later years in the United States. He was a leading composer for the stage who was best known for his fruitful collaborations with Bertolt Brecht. With Brecht, he developed productions such as his best-known work The Threepenny Opera, which included the ballad "Mack the Knife".
Weill held the ideal of writing music that served a socially useful purpose. He also wrote several works for the concert hall. He became a United States citizen on August 27, 1943.

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... filigree compositions, played with sensitivity ...
Concerto, 01-6-2023

... She is very sparse in expression and her feminine sensitivity and delicacy allow her to bring out all the musical nuances and meanings of the pieces she composes. ...
jazzfun, 02-6-2023

... Despite her youth, the voice sounds amazingly strong and confident
NaDann, 31-5-2023

... Musically, you can already admire the attention to detail in the Latin-inspired opener "Inviting." In the band's background choral singing, in Weidt's phrasings that let her voice roll over for a tiny moment or intersperse an unexpected breakdown or dynamic. ...
SZ, 26-5-2023

How a Dresden singer makes her breakthrough
Sächsische Zeitung, 26-5-2023

EVERYTHING FITS TOGETHER Singer Karoline Weidt's quartet is a young band, yet it has already won numerous awards in its short career....
Jazzthing, 24-5-2023

... ... Yes, Karoline Weidt has a trained voice, right with the title song she presents various facets of her skills. facets of her skills. There it sounds a little bit like Latin, the singing swings/swings itself elastically through highs and lows, almost seems like an additional instrument...
Musikansich, 21-5-2023

With this magnificent album by the Karoline Weidt Quartet we discover this talented artist with her musical sensibility for jazz...
Radio Rec, 28-3-2023

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