- Don’t talk to Me
- Danke Schoen
- A Swingin’ Safari
- Strangers in the Night
- Afrikaan Beat II
- It Makes no Difference
- Spanish Eyes
- Africaan Beat I
- I Can’t Help Remembering You
- Over & Over
- Love After Midnight
Christopher Dell - vibes
Ladi Geisler - guitar
Christof Lauer - saxophone
Carsten Daerr - piano
Oliver Potratz - bass
Eric Schafer - drums
In his sleeve note Christopher
Dell says it is important for him to transfer
the songs of Kaempfert into a contemporary
context. In doing so he has transformed Strangers
In the Night from a pleasant song with a happy
ending into a mournful dirge.
Make no mistake these are
all excellent musicians, but like many of
the so called ‘contemporary’ school, they
seem to have forgotten what jazz is about.
The monotonous repeated rhythms on most of
the tracks renders any concept of swing impossible!
No doubt the album will appeal
to other fans of intellectual contemporary
music, but the jazz content is small. The
musical ability of the participants however
is very high indeed, I wonder if they could
swing if they wanted to?
Somehow I don’t think Bert
Kaempfert would be impressed with what is
said about his songs being ancient relics
in the sleeve notes, or what Mr Dell and his
colleagues have done to them.