Shining on You

Shining on You

by Viktoria Tolstoy


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Shining on You

The great-great-grand-daughter of writer Leo Tolstoy, Viktoria Tolstoy had been a jazz singer in Scandinavia for over a decade when she recorded Shining on You. Tolstoy has a beautiful voice and can hold notes for a long period perfectly in-tune. This outing really does not give her much of a chance to sing jazz for the emphasis is on her interpretations of the lyrics. Her longtime musical partner Esbjörn Svensson wrote all of the music but, although some of the themes are memorable, it is the intelligent words and Tolstoy's straightforward interpretations (which often crossover into pop and folk music) that are of greatest interest. Highlights include "Upside Out," "Equilibrium" and "Things That Happen" although each song has its own interesting plot. There are touches of jazz provided by the rhythm section, a few Nils Landgren trombone solos, and a guest spot (on "No Regrets") for Toots Thielemans on harmonica. Shining on You is worth exploring by listeners who do not demand that singers always improvise.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/11/2008
Label: Act Music + Vision
UPC: 0614427970121
catalogNumber: 9701

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Viktoria Tolstoy   Primary Artist,Vocals
Lars Danielsson   Bass,Cello,Double Bass
Nils Landgren   Trombone,Background Vocals
Christian Spering   Bass,Double Bass
Toots Thielemans   Harmonica,Guest Appearance
Wolfgang Haffner   Drums
Magnus Öström   Drums
Daniel Karlsson   Piano
Daniel Berglund   Bass
Ulf Forsberg   Concert Master
Jonas Holgersson   Drums
Dan Berglund   Bass,Double Bass
Stockholm Session Strings   Strings
Bror Falk   Piano

Technical Credits

Nils Landgren   Producer,Audio Production
Sigfried Loch   Executive Producer
Hakan Wollgard   Engineer
Esbjörn Svensson   Composer
Lina Nyberg   Composer
Siegfried Lock   Executive Producer
Josh Haden   Composer
Daniel Berglund   Arranger
Dan Berglund   Arranger
Stockholm Session Strings   Contributor
Johan Norberg   Engineer

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