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Velvet Voices: Essence

Song NameComposerArranger
Come TogetherJohn Lennon/ Paul McCartneyAnne Hartkamp
Don't Get Around Much AnymoreD. Ellington/B. RusselTanja Raich
With Every Breath I TakeCy ColemanTanja Raich
Try to RememberGerda Rippel
Quarter to FiveGerda Rippel
You Take my Breath AwayFreddy MercuryTanja Raich
StopSam Brown/G. Sutton/B. BrodyTanja Raich
Somewhere over the RainbowH. Arlen/E. HarburgNemeth Miklos
A Child is BornThad Jones/Alec WilderMichele Weir
EssenceMonika Trotz
It's Raining MenPaul Jabara/Paul SchafferLuc Nelissen
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Founded in 2002, all-women Dutch Vocal Jazz quartet Velvet Voices has been appearing in some serious European and international events, like the 2003 Voice Mania in Vienna, the Jeunesse-the largest German a cappella festival in Munich), and they won the Jazz Gold at the international "Ward Swingle Awards." There are 11 finely-crafted tunes on "Essence," the group's 5th excellent album, some wonderful covers like Lennon/McCartney's "Come Together," Duke Ellington's "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," Cy Coleman's "With every breath I take," Freddie Mercury's "You take my breath away," Brown, Sutton and Brody's "Stop," a fine faux trumpet solo on Harold Arlen's "Somewhere over the rainbow," Jones and Wilder's "A child is born," and Paul Jabara and Paul Shaffer's "It's raining man." There's also a pair of very nice originals by group member Gerda, the moody "Try to remember" and "Quarter to five," and one original by group member Monika, the title tune. Each of these beautiful young women can easily sing perfect solos and leads, so even a difficult, dissonant piece like "A child is born" comes off as effortless, and the harmonies are clean, sharp and on perfect pitch. Even a powerful rocker like "It's raining man," which is reprised as a surprise bonus cut with amped-up vocal percussion, is cleanly nailed both times with no sweat. The voices here are so perfect, the sound so effortlessly clean, we had to listen to it again just to fully appreciate it. "Essence" is a gift for the ears by the Velvet Voices, who have, in a very short time, risen to a level attained by only a few elite Vocal Jazz groups, like the Real Group, Vox One and the Swingle Singers. Treat yourself to one of the best of the year!

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Item code: 2507C | 1 CD | $15.95 |add item to cart
Vocal Jazz | A Cappella | Female | Germany
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