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Swinging Evergreens.

Harald Banter und die Media Band.

cpo 777 357-2

 

 

I speak little German so the language of music has to resemble the universal language of love where one doesn’t sacrifice brain cells trying to read or translate whilst involved in something that should be entirely pleasurable!

Initially I was taken aback by "the new words" (German) on track 1 replacing the "Old Words" in "You are my Lucky Star". But once I’d got over the shock of the guttural elements of a language, that unlike Italian, Spanish, French and American-English seems to lean toward the Fitness Suite as opposed to the Romantic Lounge, it was turning into a nice sound.

Unfortunately when I had just musically naturalised and had begun on easy listening, a horrendous, "bib-and-breeches- curly-feather -in-hat" track which developed into a "multi lingual, jovial, bum-slapping" event stomped into my headset!

At this point most jazz fans would either consign this CD to a jumble sale where the donor could remain anonymous, or send it rattling into the waste-bin.

But I subverted my aural facilities by concentrating on my computer’s elegant graphic display and was rewarded by track 5,

"Es war einmal eine Liebe" which is a true, well-honed German Evergreen, followed by

"Mackie Messer" (Mac the Knife)

In track 9 there was a very nice sax solo but this homogeneous band sound was beginning to grow too schmalz for comfort.

The band is superbly accurate; the timing, the tuning one could not criticise. The vocals are equally well delivered, but the overall effect is a magnificent version of "Come Dancing" tinged with "Sing Along".

There is no way one can condemn this CD, - it’s good value with 19 tracks delivering nearly one hour’s playing time.

As a Tea Dance Special it is beyond reproach and I felt my feet twitch into quicksteps and foxtrots as I sat in my chair.

It is a top quality Dance/Swing, but Jazz it is not.

And some of the ‘jolly’ tracks verge on being just too embarrassingly jolly by half.

Adrienne Fox

 



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