Specially Arranged for Fay

Specially Arranged for Fay

by Fay Claassen
     
 
Although Dutch is the official language of the Netherlands, Dutch jazz vocalists generally prefer to sing in the same language as most Swedish, German, Norwegian, and Austrian jazz vocalists: English. It isn't that jazz singing cannot work well in other languages; it can sound great in the romance languages, and there have been some amazing examples of Swedish

Overview

Although Dutch is the official language of the Netherlands, Dutch jazz vocalists generally prefer to sing in the same language as most Swedish, German, Norwegian, and Austrian jazz vocalists: English. It isn't that jazz singing cannot work well in other languages; it can sound great in the romance languages, and there have been some amazing examples of Swedish vocalists performing jazz interpretations of traditional Scandinavian folk songs. Nonetheless, English remains the primary language among European jazz singers, and it's a language that Dutch singer Fay Claassen gets around in nicely on her third album, Specially Arranged for Fay. This CD finds Claassen joining forces with the Millennium Jazz Orchestra, a Dutch big band. Joan Reinders serves as conductor/arranger, and the arrangements are tasteful (if conventional) on standards that range from Burt Bacharach's "A House Is Not a Home" to Bill Evans' "Very Early" to Kurt Weill's "Speak Low." At times, one hears slight traces of a Dutch accent when Claassen sings, but that's all they are -- slight traces. Claassen is consistently understandable, and it's obvious that she has an impressively strong command of the English language. The CD's greatest flaw is its excess of overdone Tin Pan Alley warhorses; while George Gershwin's "But Not For Me" and Cole Porter's "Just One of Those Things" are great songs, they're also songs that have been beaten to death over the years -- and Claassen doesn't bring anything new or different to them. Thankfully, she isn't the sort of jazz singer who has an "all-warhorses-all-the-time" policy; Rhythms and Rhymes, Claassen's second album, offers more surprises and is more adventurous in its choice of material. But even though Specially Arranged for Fay isn't her best release, it paints a generally attractive, if imperfect, picture of the talented Netherlands resident.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/2003
Label:
Jazz'n Pulz
UPC:
0742451538120
catalogNumber:
381

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fay Claassen   Primary Artist,Vocals
Hans Kwakkernaat   Piano,Soloist
Jan Wessels   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Soloist
Eric Westerink   Bass Trombone
Niek Van Wiggen   Drums,Soloist
Willy Van Diepen   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Lead
Martin Van Der Horst   Clarinet,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Bert Fransen   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Henri Gerrits   Trombone
Gerard Grobben   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Job Helmers   Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone,Soloist
Gerlo Hesselink   Clarinet,Flute,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Erik Hilferink   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Bart Tarenskeen   Bass,Soloist
Rini Swinkels   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Lead
Jeroen Rol   Trombone,Soloist,Lead
Gert Nijenbanning   Trombone
Herman Nijkamp   Trumpet,Flugelhorn

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Kurt Weill   Composer
Bill Evans   Composer
Johnny Griffin   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
John Coltrane   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Robert Hagen   Producer,Liner Notes
Cole Porter   Composer
Mike Hennessey   Composer
Eden Ahbez   Composer
Chris Weeda   Engineer
Fay Claassen   Liner Notes
Bob Hagen   Producer

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