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The Jazz Album - Watch What Happens
 : The Jazz Album - Watch What Happens



by: Thomas Quasthoff




Binding: Audio CD
Brand: Jazz
EAN: 0028947765011
Format: CD
Item Dimensions: 4156020493
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Languages: EnglishPublishedEnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Deutsche Grammophon
MPN: 028947765011
Number Of Discs: 1
Number Of Items: 1
Publication Date: February 13, 2007
Publisher: Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: February 13, 2007
Studio: Deutsche Grammophon




Disc 1:
  1. There's A Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York
  2. Watch What Happens
  3. Secret Love
  4. You And I
  5. Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive
  6. I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face
  7. Can't We Be Friends? - Arranged by Alan Broadbent
  8. Smile (Final Theme from the Motion Picture "Modern Times") - Arranged by Nan Schwartz
  9. They All Laughed
  10. My Funny Valentine
  11. What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life? - Arranged by Nan Schwartz
  12. In My Solitude
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Editorial Review:

Product Description:
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Genre: Classical Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
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Release Date: 13-FEB-2007

Amazon.com:
Is it surprising that a master of German art song would produce a jazz album? Not if he's Thomas Quasthoff, who has sung jazz since his university days and maintains an infectious enthusiasm for it. From breezily light baritone to sexy bass (he rumbles very comfortably around low F), Quasthoff totally adapts his sound to the music's needs, confidently attacking certain notes "white" before adding vibrato. The American "r" – so difficult for foreign artists – does draw undue attention, as do certain vowel sounds, but otherwise Quasthoff's delivery of English is convincing. He sings much of the music comparatively "straight" (one frequently wishes he'd indulge in some really off-the-wall improvisation), but he definitely knows his way around this material. Highlights are a cool "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face," a jaunty "Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive," and especially haunting versions of Charlie Chaplin's "Smile" and Duke Ellington's "In My Solitude." Very enjoyable, too, is the growling conclusion of Stevie Wonder's "You and I." Quasthoff is supported by a strong ensemble, including Germany's most gifted jazz trumpeter, Till Brönner, and the excellent pianist Alan Broadbent. The Deutsches Symphonie-Orchestra, however, brings an unwelcome "101 Strings""flavor to six numbers. --Roger Pines



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