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Specially Arranged for Fay

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/7/2003
  • Label: Jazz'n Pulz
  • UPC: 742451538120
  • Catalog Number: 381
  • Sales rank: 370,794

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Very Early (6:26)
  2. 2 Just One of Those Things (5:03)
  3. 3 Nature Boy (7:19)
  4. 4 But Not for Me (4:29)
  5. 5 Love for Sale (7:40)
  6. 6 When We Were One (8:35)
  7. 7 Speak Low (7:07)
  8. 8 Giant Steps (7:26)
  9. 9 A House Is Not a Home (5:21)
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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, Mastering
Fay Claassen Liner Notes
Bob Hagen Producer
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