All That Jazz: The Best of Ute Lemper

All That Jazz: The Best of Ute Lemper

by Ute Lemper
     
 

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Ute Lemper is an international cabaret artist for the 21stcentury. While paying full homage to the vocal greats of the past, Lemper (born in Germany in 1963) also embraces the theatrical and pop music of the present. This collection covers many of the stages Lemper has in her career as a singer and musical actress. We get songs by Kurt Weill ("Die Moritat von Mackie

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Ute Lemper is an international cabaret artist for the 21stcentury. While paying full homage to the vocal greats of the past, Lemper (born in Germany in 1963) also embraces the theatrical and pop music of the present. This collection covers many of the stages Lemper has in her career as a singer and musical actress. We get songs by Kurt Weill ("Die Moritat von Mackie Messer (Mack the Knife)," "Alabama-Song," "Nannas Lied," "Bilbao-Song," "My Ship," and "Surabaya-Johnny"), Edith Piaf favorites ("Mon Légionnaire," "Vie en Rose," and "L'Accordéoniste"), work from CABARET (" Don't Tell Mama and CHICAGO ("All That Jazz"), compositions by Michael Nyman ("Psalm'), and Berlin theater songs ("They Call Me Naughty Lola/Ich bin die fesche Lola," "I Am a Vamp!," "When the Special Girlfriend"). In other words, the standard repertoire just won't cut it for this multidimensional artist.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
London Records' Ute Lemper compilation takes its title from a song she sang in her London appearance in the musical Chicago in 1998; it is followed at the start of the disc by her performance of "Don't Tell Mama," a song from another Kander & Ebb show, Cabaret, that she appeared in 1986, and which she recorded on her debut album for Columbia, Crimes of the Heart, in 1987. The two songs neatly dovetail her work over the 12-year period, not only because they are show tunes by the same songwriters but also because they are both pastiches of interwar music, and Lemper has specialized in actual interwar music in between. After several film songs, the compilation includes seven selections from her two albums of Kurt Weill music, followed by four tracks from Illusions, an album devoted to music associated with Marlene Dietrich and Edith Piaf. Then there is one contemporary song, drawn from her Michael Nyman Songbook release, and finally four numbers from Berlin Cabaret Songs. The wonder is that she is always so assured on material that makes different kinds of demands on a singer from formal precision to uninhibited projection (not to mention being in three languages, English, German, and French). Lemper makes it all sound easy, and she brings alive musical styles we are used to hearing on scratchy old recordings, if at all. She is very much a singing actress, creating characters to perform the disparate material, some of them distinctly unsavory, from Chicago's deadly Velma Kelly to the narrator of "I'm a Vamp!," who declares, "I bite my men and suck them dry, and then I bake them in a pie." Her lusty enthusiasm for such decadent material is her strongest suit, and this is an excellent pricis of her career so far.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/01/1998
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028946059425
catalogNumber:
460594
Rank:
50393

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Performance Credits

Ute Lemper   Primary Artist
Michael Nyman   Leader,Ensemble
Jeffrey Cohen   Piano
Randy Kerber   Conductor
London Voices   Choir, Chorus
Bruno Fontaine   Conductor
Robert Ziegler   Leader
John Harle   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Kurt Weill   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Edith Piaf   Composer
Bertolt Brecht   Composer
John Arrias   Engineer
Benny Carter   Composer
Michael J. Dutton   Engineer
Michael Haas   Producer
Randy Kerber   Arranger,Producer
Martha E. Koenig   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Simon Richmond   Producer
Bruno Fontaine   Arranger
Martin Atkinson   Engineer
Stanley Goodall   Engineer
Marcel Louiguy   Composer
Don Mousseau   Executive Producer
Gareth Valentine   Contributor
Jenni Whiteside   Contributor
Robert Ziegler   Arranger
David Smart   Artwork
Mack David   Composer
Johnny Dollar   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
John Harle   Arranger
David Cunningham   Producer

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