Rock singers and songwriters usually wait until they are well into their careers to reveal their fondness for jazz and classic pop -- think of Rod Stewart or Elvis Costello or Linda Ronstadt. Norway's Sondre Lerche is barely into his 20s, with two albums of well-crafted, nuanced songs to his credit, but he's already making that jazz move, both as a writer and as a singer. Duper Sessions, recorded with his longtime trio plus pianist Erik Halvorsen, is full of late-night, supper-club crooning in the manner of Chet Baker; it has a live, spontaneous feel that belies its sophisticated songcraft. Although Lerche is beloved by the indie-rock community, Duper Sessions suggests affinities with jazz-pop vocalists such as Jamie Cullum, Harry Connick Jr., or Holly Cole, at least this time out (a third "rock" album is promised soon). Most impressively, Lerche's songs, such as the sighing "(You Knocked Me) Off My Feet," the swinging "Everyone's Rooting for You," and the tumbling "The Curse of Being in Love," stand up in the company of covers of Cole Porter's "Night and Day," Elvis Costello's "Human Hands," and Prefab Sprout's "Nightingales." On the super Duper Sessions, Lerche's precocious talent will knock you off your feet.
Performance CreditsSondre Lerche and the Faces Down Primary Artist
Mari Boine Persen Violin
Erik Halvorson Piano,Group Member
Sondre Lerche Electric Guitar,Vocals
Jorgen Træen Percussion,Background Vocals
Morten Skage Bass,Upright Bass,Group Member
Kato Ådland Guitar,Percussion,Pedal Steel Guitar,Group Member
Faces Down Quartet Background Vocals
Ole Ludvig Krüger Piano,Drums,Group Member
Matias Monsen Cello
Technical CreditsElvis Costello Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Paddy McAloon Composer
Jesper Riis String Arrangements
Sondre Lerche Composer
Jorgen Træen Producer,Engineer
Kato Ådland Engineer
Jørgen Thue Management
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Wow- what a versitile performer. Sondres pop-rock songs are replaced here by jazz inspired tunes and as ever he comes up with a great set of songs. Try it you will like it!
Good CD with some really great songs."The Curse of being in Love" and " I wanna Call it Love" are sweet. Listen for the"hidden" track 14 -"LULU" -it's a gas man!