segunda-feira, 18 de maio de 2009

Bert Kaempfert Swing Band - Combo Capers

  1. Old Noah (Gubben Noach)
  2. Zoom Gali Gali
  3. Hänschen Klein
  4. Fröhlicher Landmann (Jolly Peasant)
  5. The Nightingale (Solovej / Die Nachtigall)
  6. Sobre las Olas (Über den Wellen / Over the Waves)
  7. My Yiddishe Momme
  8. Take It
  9. Schlaf, Kindchen, Schlaf
  10. Haifa (Bus to Haifa)
  11. Ack Värmeland du Sköna
  12. Samo Jednom Se Ljubi
  13. Si J'etais Roi
  14. Rainy Sunday
  15. Newspaper
  16. Finnish Folk Song (Suomen Laulu)
For once the arranger-bandleader Bert Kaempfert does not work with a large orchestra but emerges on this combo recording - set down in May 1960 in the Hamburg Musikhalle by the balance engineer Karl Hinze - as a formidable foe of the state phrase and a sworn champion of the swingy sound. His stimulating musical ideas get a vigorous waxing in this album of international melodies, all lined up for a fresh-sounding dance party.

It is a varied line-up of happy, snappy arrangements of continental musical fare, just what Bert Kaempfert might have played in Hamburg's elegant Esplanade Hotel at a 'thé dansant' after the war, ranging from original compositions and arrangements of folk melodies to the popular "Over the Waves" so often heard during a circus trapeze act, to classical music and the "Jolly Pleasant" - instantly recognized by every piano pupil - from Robert Schumann's "Album for the Young", and Adolphe Adam's opera "Si J'etais Roi". Whether you call it cosmopolitan, a colorful mixture, a "sound" experiment, or just plain zany, the outcome is the same: music that pleases!

Against the solid beat of the rhythm section (Helmut Brusewitz resp. Carl-Heinz Greve on the bass, and Max Raths resp. Rolf Ahrens on the drums) are to be heard the terrific trombone breaks blown by Arno Schoen and the glorious guitar work of Walter Teubner. And that is not all! There is a special treat for all Bert Kaempfert fans, for the musician himself often appears as a soloist - not only on the piano but also as a brilliant clarinetist somewhat reminiscent of the two American past masters "Pee Wee" Russell and Sidney Bechet. In fact all the tunes are given an excitingly new treatment - the Kaempfert treatment!

(from original LP liner notes)

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