Of All the Things

Of All the Things

by Jazzanova
     
 
Could it be? Is it really possible that one of the most innovative collectives in modern music could stoop to making a throwback soul record? (Perhaps they should have recruited Joss Stone as a guest vocalist.) Sarcasm aside, it's obvious that a soul record from a group like Jazzanova is quite a different

Overview

Could it be? Is it really possible that one of the most innovative collectives in modern music could stoop to making a throwback soul record? (Perhaps they should have recruited Joss Stone as a guest vocalist.) Sarcasm aside, it's obvious that a soul record from a group like Jazzanova is quite a different proposition from the usual retro rot. So confident in their middle age that they feel no need to innovate (at least, purely for its own sake), the Berliner sextet ends up delivering one of the best soul albums of the era (or any other). True, the influences may be easy to spot -- Philly soul here, Motown there, plenty of '70s progressive jazz with taut strings or breezy woodwinds -- but with arrangements as accomplished as these are, and productions that crackle as gloriously as these do, the group can rest comfortably with their theft, genius as it is. Each track has a vocal feature, which might disappoint a few dance fans, but as with the first Jazzanova production LP (In Between), listeners won't spend long wishing they could hear instrumentals of these songs. The caressing vocalist Paul Randolph is responsible for a large share of the highlights, while Jazzanova must be proudest for snaring the smooth soul maverick Leon Ware to appear on a cover of his own "Rockin' You Eternally," with backing vocals from fellow Detroiter Dwele. (Still, Phonte from Little Brother is responsible for the record's greatest feat -- delivering a fine soul vocal on the opener "Look What You're Doin' to Me," then rapping just as well for "So Far from Home.") It's to be expected that Jazzanova would turn in excellent productions with every track, but what's most impressive about Of All the Things is the work that Jazzanova haven't made their forté in the past -- songwriting, arrangements, and the pairing of each vocalist with a song that works perfectly for them. (Credit for much of the songwriting and arranging for horn or strings goes to Stefan Leisering.) Whereas in the past, Jazzanova's preeminence was obvious on the surface, Of All the Things displays their subtle powers for music-making.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/21/2008
Label:
Verve
UPC:
0602517837317
catalogNumber:
001209002

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jazzanova   Primary Artist
Alex Malheiros   Electric Bass
Ivan Conti   Percussion,Drums
Peter Bock   Viola
Leon Ware   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Walter Gauchel   Flute,Baritone Saxophone
Vanessa Mason   Background Vocals
Stefan Leisering   Percussion,Piano,Glockenspiel,Keyboards
Axel Reinemer   Percussion,Recorder
Bembe Segue   Vocals
Pedro Martins   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Soren Fischer   Trombone
Sebastian Studnitzky   Piano,Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Minas Suluyan   Conga
Christian Weidner   Tenor Saxophone
Clara Hill   Background Vocals
Boris Meinhold   Guitar
Paul Randolph   Recorder,Vocals,Background Vocals
Colin Dick   Background Vocals
Jan Stolterfoht   Guitar
Paul Kleber   Acoustic Bass
Magnus Lindgren   Flute
Kalle Kalima   Acoustic Guitar
Kim Hyun Jung   Violin
José James   Vocals
Phonte   Vocals
Thief   Vocals
Joe Dukie   Vocals
Agnieszka Antonina Bartsch   Celli
Volkmar Weiche   Celli
Dragan Radosavievich   Violin
Stephanie Böhm   Trombone
Dirk Steglich   Flute,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Ben Westbeech   Vocals
Dieter Vogt   Viola
Verena Wehling   Viola
Ruth Maria Renner   Background Vocals
Skip Reinhart   Trumpet
Matthias Benker Steiner   Viola
Susanne Calgeer   Violin
David Canisius   Violin
Sandor Farkas   Violin
Ralf Zettl   Violin
Leslie Riva Ruppert   Cello,Celli
Grace Risch   Background Vocals
Frank Fritsch   Saxophone
Wilson Michael   Background Vocals
Roberto Jose Bertrami   fender rhodes
Sebastian Düwelt   Piano
Simonetta Ginelli   Harp
Astrid Hengst   Viola
Volodymyr Korobov   Violin
Harald Kündgen   Vibes
Sojung Lee   Celli
Edward Maclean   Electric Bass
James Scannel   Clarinet,Flute,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Rouven Schirmer   Celli
Alexandra Shipilo   Violin
Manuel Zacek   Electric Bass
Wilson Michaels   Background Vocals
Volkmar Weiche   Cello
Verena Wehling   Viola
Stephan Bohm   Trombone
Sandor Farkas   Violin
Raif Zettl   Violin
Philipp Kullen   Percussion
Matthias Benker-Steiner   Viola
Joris Barsch Buhle   Violin
Hyun-Jung Kim   Violin
Dieter Vogt   Viola
David Canisius   Violin
David "Skip" Reinhart   Trumpet
Agnieszka Antonina Bartsch   Cello

Technical Credits

Marcos Valle   Composer
Leon Ware   Composer
Stefan Leisering   Composer,Programming,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,drum programming,Re-arranged
Axel Reinemer   Engineer
Jazzanova   Producer,Audio Production
Pedro Martins   Composer
Gerry "The Gov" Brown   Engineer
Sebastian Studnitzky   Horn Arrangements,Re-arranged
Paul Randolph   Composer
Dallas Tamaira   Composer
Ben Westbeech   Composer
Sascha Gottschalk   Composer

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