Till Brönner

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
On his first instrumental album in over a decade, German jazz trumpeter/flügelhornist and pop star Till Brönner offers his own tribute to one of his earliest inspirations: the sound of Creed Taylor's CTI label. Co-produced by the artist with keyboardist Roberto Di Gioia and Samon Kawamura, these 12 tunes employ a crack studio band as well as strings, and evoke memories of the label's arrangers Don Sebesky, David Matthews, and Bob James, but with distinctly modern charts. The mood is relaxed, open, and fluid, and creativity runs high. The production is warm yet crystalline; though attention is paid to detail, nothing feels constrained by nostalgia. These 12 cuts wed hip, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
On his first instrumental album in over a decade, German jazz trumpeter/flügelhornist and pop star Till Brönner offers his own tribute to one of his earliest inspirations: the sound of Creed Taylor's CTI label. Co-produced by the artist with keyboardist Roberto Di Gioia and Samon Kawamura, these 12 tunes employ a crack studio band as well as strings, and evoke memories of the label's arrangers Don Sebesky, David Matthews, and Bob James, but with distinctly modern charts. The mood is relaxed, open, and fluid, and creativity runs high. The production is warm yet crystalline; though attention is paid to detail, nothing feels constrained by nostalgia. These 12 cuts wed hip, soulful jazz-funk grooves to modern jazz, sometimes infused with a subtly cinematic panache. "Will of Nature" has a tight front-line horn vamp (Brönner and saxophonist Magnus Lindgren) that invokes hard bop but sticks closer to spacy soul-jazz -- Lindgren even quotes "A Love Supreme" in the intro to his solo. Di Gioia's Rhodes makes room inside the mix for exploration, while staying deep in the pocket provided by Wolfgang Haffner's drum kit and Albert Johnson's double bass. "The Gate" opens with lush, impressionistic strings that hover and float in the intro, highlighted by Lindgren's flute. They introduce Brönner's smoky flügelhorn melody, followed by double bass, rim-shot snare, and cymbals. The strings vanish and, in a nice timbral contrast, the slippery head is led by Lindgren's bass clarinet and the horn. Di Gioia's Rhodes adds a nodding groove. Brönner's deep melodic solo also adds sharp and high single-note accents embellished by reverb. A too-brief yet astute cover of Freddie Hubbard's "Gibraltar" is populated with shimmering Rhodes, finger-popping hand percussion, B-3, and rippling horns. Don Grusin's classic "Condor" is driven by a rubbery bassline, shuffling snare, and breaks, an illustrative meld of keyboards, background strings, and lyrical, refined front-line horns. There is a slow simmering intensity at play here, infused with canny 21st century sonic illustrations. "Half Story"'s plush backdrop of electric piano and strings underscores Lindgren and Brönner playing in unison, alternating fours, and soloing, introducing a myriad of lyric elements. Di Gioia adds electric guitar to his keyboards on "Wacky Wes," the funkiest cut on the set, but gives up none of the album's textural richness. The date closes with a gorgeous reading of Michel Legrand's ballad "Once Upon a Summertime," whose elegant strings and sparse electric piano create a frame for Brönner to state the melody simply and infuse it with a wealth of emotion. Ultimately, this self-titled album is a monster, offering proof that not only has Brönner not forsaken jazz for pop, but has given listeners what is perhaps his finest recording to date.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/18/2012
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 602537191154
  • Catalog Number: 2096508
  • Sales rank: 131,443

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Will of Nature (5:16)
  2. 2 F.F.H. (6:45)
  3. 3 Return to the Fold (6:17)
  4. 4 Gibraltar (4:00)
  5. 5 Pegasus (4:13)
  6. 6 Red Street (4:47)
  7. 7 Condor (6:13)
  8. 8 Lazy Afternoon (7:07)
  9. 9 Wacky Wes (5:28)
  10. 10 The Gate (6:15)
  11. 11 Half Story (5:54)
  12. 12 Once Upon a Summertime (5:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Till Brönner Primary Artist, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Brass, Woodwind
Albert Johnson Electric Bass
Wolfgang Haffner Drums
Roberto Di Gioia Synthesizer, fender rhodes
Stefan Pintev Violin
Roland Peil Percussion
Nan Schwartz Conductor
Tilmann Dehnhard Flute
Rodrigo Reichel Violin
Magnus Lindgren Flute, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Brass, Woodwind
Thomas Oepen Viola
Boris Bachmann Violin
Sebastian Gaede Cello
Christian VonKaphengst Electric Bass
Jasper Soffers fender rhodes
Matteo Scrimali Drums
Bruno Müller Guitar
Alexandra Psareva Violin
Alexander Bagrintsev Cello
Alexander Affanasiev Violin
Erik Wenbo Xu Viola
Veronika Passin Violin
Ruxandra Klein Violin
Maja Hunziker Violin
Liam Mario Percussion
Juliane Merse Violin
Technical Credits
Larry Goldings Composer
Michel Legrand Composer
Till Brönner Composer, Producer, Brass Arrangment, Woodwind Arrangement
Dave Grusin Composer
Freddie Hubbard Composer
John Latouche Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Jerome Moross Composer
Eddie Barclay Composer
Roberto Di Gioia Producer
Eddy Marnay Composer
Nan Schwartz Composer, String Arrangements
Magnus Lindgren Brass Arrangment, Woodwind Arrangement
Christian VonKaphengst Composer
Samon Kawamura Producer
Götz-Michael Rieth Mastering
Arne Schumann Engineer
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