All That Jazz: The Best of Ute Lemper

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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 ...
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/1/1998
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028946059425
  • Catalog Number: 460594
  • Sales rank: 161,458

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ute Lemper Primary Artist, 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
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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