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Invitation
     

Invitation

by Beat Kaestli
 
Born in Bern, Switzerland, Beat Kaestli (pronounced "Bay-ott Kest-lee") sings in hushed tones and romantic visions on this, his second recorded effort. With a voice that has been gauged somewhere between Chet Baker and Kenny Rankin, Kaestli's immaculate phrasing and low-key demeanor are best suited for late-night listening. While his vocals are the centerpiece, the

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Born in Bern, Switzerland, Beat Kaestli (pronounced "Bay-ott Kest-lee") sings in hushed tones and romantic visions on this, his second recorded effort. With a voice that has been gauged somewhere between Chet Baker and Kenny Rankin, Kaestli's immaculate phrasing and low-key demeanor are best suited for late-night listening. While his vocals are the centerpiece, the instrumentalists he uses are nearly an afterthought, shadowing his lyric content, not embellishing, but perfectly accompanying as if they are entirely in the background. This is not a critique, just a fact, as guitarist Paul Meyers, bassist Jay Leonhart, drummer Billy Drummond, and guest horn soloists (Joel Frahm and Kenny Rampton) only lightly frame these standards. Beyond Baker or Rankin, perhaps Mark Murphy's stoic persona also plays a part in how Kaestli interprets the light but funky title selection, the slow ballad "It Could Happen to You," or "Day In, Day Out" which does recall both older and modern-day crooners. Kaestli works best with Leonhart, as all jazz singers love hooking up in duet intros or full-blown bluesy tunes with the upright bassist of their choice. Understated to the max, Beat Kaestli and friends make candlelight mood music both genders can get next to.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/13/2010
Label:
Chesky Records
UPC:
0090368034861
catalogNumber:
348

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Performance Credits

Beat Kaestli   Primary Artist,Vocals
Billy Drummond   Drums
Jay Leonhart   Bass
Paul Meyers   Guitar
Joel Frahm   Saxophone
Kenny Rampton   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Ivan Lins   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
David Chesky   Producer,Liner Notes
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Bronislaw Kaper   Composer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Rube Bloom   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Norman Chesky   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Vitor Martins   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
Bill Milkowski   Liner Notes
John Blackburn   Composer
Karl Suessdorf   Composer
Nicholas Prout   Engineer
Beat Kaestli   Producer
Victor Popular Young   Composer
Jeff Wong   Art Direction

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