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Oceana
     

Oceana

by Till Brönner
 
For those in America who hadn't previously heard of Germany's most famous contemporary jazz musician, it would only take a few notes from his crisp, distant trumpet to elicit a comparison to Chris Botti. Beyond his tonal approach and penchant for relaxing, atmospheric, and lushly arranged standards, Till Brönner has much in common with his American counterpart: an

Overview

For those in America who hadn't previously heard of Germany's most famous contemporary jazz musician, it would only take a few notes from his crisp, distant trumpet to elicit a comparison to Chris Botti. Beyond his tonal approach and penchant for relaxing, atmospheric, and lushly arranged standards, Till Brönner has much in common with his American counterpart: an extensive catalog (Oceana, originally released in Germany in 2006, was his ninth release), work with top pop producers (in Botti's case, Bobby Colomby; in Brönner's, Larry Klein), and a résumé that includes being a radio personality. Like Botti, Brönner draws from the sly and shy Chet Baker school of crooning trumpet and flügelhorning, but he goes a step further; on a silky chillout cover of "This Guy's in Love with You" and the more obscure Nick Drake tune "River Man," the horn takes a back seat to his soothing lead vocals. Though much of Oceana -- which begins with a tender and seductive blues-flavored twist on Wes Montgomery's "Bumpin'" -- is lovely, romantic, and sweetly atmospheric, it falls short when it comes to Brönner's vocal guest list. Carla Bruni is billed as a French chanteuse, but her colorless voice on "In My Secret Life" is nowhere near as sexy as any of her legendary work as a supermodel. Madeleine Peyroux fares a bit better on "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," but the most authentic guest voice belongs to Brazilian singer Luciana Souza. None of the vocals are as compelling as Brönner's straight instrumentals, which don't exactly push the envelope but are well-produced and make for good romantic mood music.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/15/2007
Label:
Emarcy
UPC:
0602517241244
catalogNumber:
000854602

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Till Brönner   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Vocals
Larry Goldings   Piano,Hammond Organ,Electric Piano,Wurlitzer
Jim Cox   Piano
Dean Parks   Guitar
David Piltch   Bass
Jay Bellerose   Drums
Madeleine Peyroux   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Luciana Souza   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Carla Bruni   Vocals,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Leonard Cohen   Composer
Nick Drake   Composer
Jerry Goldsmith   Composer
Edú Lobo   Composer
Larry Goldings   Composer
Wes Montgomery   Composer
Jimmy Rowles   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Till Brönner   Composer,Executive Producer
Hal David   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Larry Klein   Composer,Producer
Hank Williams   Composer
Dirk Rudolph   Artwork
Helix Hadar   Engineer
Torquato Neto   Composer
Pino Brönner   Executive Producer
Michael Schöbel   Executive Producer
Sharon Robinson   Composer

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