Fay Claassen

Dutch Songbook

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Format: CD
Label: Challenge Records
UPC: 0608917344127
Catnr: CR 73441
Release date: 07 September 2018
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Challenge Records
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0608917344127
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CR 73441
Release date
07 September 2018

"Jazz singer Fay Claassen in the heyday of her shining career."

De Nieuwe Muze, 10-12-2018
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About the album

"This album is a live recording of a very precious musical moment for me. What you hear is exactly as it happened at that special concert. Everything felt right, the great WDR Big Band conducted by Torsten Maass with its fantastic soloists, the gorgeous arrangements, the special guest soloists I could bring from the Netherlands: Peter Tiehuis, Cor Bakker and Theo de Jong, not to mention the enthusiastic audience of the club. A Dutch ‘Friendly Takeover’ in Cologne! "

In November 2015 Fay was asked by the management of the WDR Big Band to put together a programme with music from the Netherlands. Fay got carte blanche to choose all the music and have it arranged for her and the WDR Big Band. Although she had never sung in Dutch before, she loved the idea!

Fay was very happy that she could ask some of her favorite arrangers from the Netherlands, such as Rob Horsting, Ilja Reijngoud, Joan Reinders and Henk Meutgeert, to arrange the songs, but also Torsten Maass and legendary arranger Michael Abene made their fantastic contributions.

This project is recorded live at the ”Jazz-Schmiede“, Düsseldorf on November 28th 2015.
"Dit album is een live opname van een belangrijk moment voor mij persoonlijk. Wat je hoort is precies hoe alles was tijdens dit speciale concert. Alles voelde goed: de fantastische WDR Big Band, gedirigeerd door Torsten Maass, met zijn geweldige solisten, de prachtige arrangementen, en de speciale gastsolisten die ik mee kon nemen uit Nederland (Peter Tiehuis, Cor Bakker en Theo de Jong). En wat niet vergeten mag worden is natuurlijk het enthousiasme van het waanzinnige publiek in de club die avond. Een Nederlandse 'friendly takeover' in Keulen!"

In november 2015 vroeg het management van de WDR Big Band aan Fay een programma met Nederlandse muziek samen te stellen. Fay kreeg hierbij de vrijheid alle muziek zelf uit de kiezen en het te laten arrangeren voor haar en de WDR Big Band. Hoewel ze daarvoor nog nooit in het Nederlands had gezongen, vond ze het idee te gek!
De arrangementen zijn gemaakt door een aantal van Fay's favoriete Nederlandse arrangeurs: Rob Horsting, Ilja Reijngoud, Joan Reinders en Henk Meutgeert. Ook Torsten Maass en de legendarische arrangeur Michael Abene hebben op een fantastische manier hun bijdrage geleverd.

Dit album is live opgenomen in de "Jazz-Schieme" in Düsseldorf, Duitsland, op 28 november 2015.
'Wenn es um Fußball geht, ist es mit der deutsch-niederländischen Freundschaft nicht allzu gut bestellt. In der Musik ist das zum Glück ganz anders, hier werden gerne Grenzen überschritten – nicht nur geographische. Das beweist das neue Album der niederländischen Sängerin Fay Claassen in mehrfacher Hinsicht. Sie kam vor rund zehn Jahren nach Köln – der Liebe wegen. In der niederländischen Szene genießt die frisch gebackene zweifache „Edison Award“ - Gewinnerin, das ist der niederländische Grammy, schon längst einen exzellenten Ruf und mittlerweile startet sie auch hierzulande durch.
Mit der WDR Big Band pflegt Fay Claassen seit langem eine intensive künstlerische Freundschaft, aus der auch schon die gemeinsame CD „Sing!“ hervorging. Und jetzt wird mit dem Album „Dutch Songbook“ (das neunte Album, das unter ihrem eigenen Namen erscheint!) ein weiteres Kapitel geschrieben, das auch die Überschrift „Die freundliche Übernahme“ tragen könnte. Denn dieses Gemeinschaftsprojekt mit der WDR Big Band (deren Stammbesetzung mit Hans Dekker, Wim Both, Ruud Breuls und Rob Bruynen gleich vier niederländische Musiker angehören) strahlt diesmal durch und durch in „oranje“. Dazu tragen zusätzlich die illustren niederländischen Gäste Cor Bakker (Klavier) Peter Tiehuis (Gitarre) und Theo de Jong (Bass) bei.
Neun verschiedenfarbige Songs haben es auf das neue Album geschafft, die stilistische Bandbreite reicht dabei von Jazz über Popmusik-Adaptionen bis hin zu berühmten Chansons niederländischer Liedermacher. Hier trifft geballte Big Band-Energie auf eine eindrucksvolle und unverwechselbare Stimme: Fay Claassen darf sich mit ihrem einzigartigen Timbre, ihrem kraftvolles Timing und ihren phänomenalen Improvisationen schon lange zur Champions-League der europäischen Jazz-Vokalistinnen zählen.
Der Variantenreichtum, die solistischen Exkursionen der Musikerinnen und Musiker sowie die eigenwilligen Interpretationen von Fay Claassen (die natürlich auch in niederländischer Sprache singt) machen „Dutch Songbook“ zu einem ganz außergewöhnlichen musikalischen Freundschaftsbuch.

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Fay Claassen (vocals)

Fay Claassen (vocals) Fay recorded her own albums together with many international musicians such as Mike Stern, Kenny Werner, Toots Thielemands, and she was invited as soloist for many CD recordings by the WDR Big Band, Bob Brookmeyers New Art Orchestra, the Millennium Jazz Orchestra and the Danish Radio Big Band. She cooperated with well known conducters and arrangers such as Jim Mc Neely, Vince Mendoza and Michael Abene. Fay was rewarded with The Golden Record for her double album Two Portraits of Chet Baker. Jazz Times USA wrote about this cd: ’An Astonishing Album’, Down Beat: ‘A mega-production with extremely solo contributions’. In the Winners Poll of All About Jazz USA the album was proclaimed as ‘Best Vocal Album of the...
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Fay Claassen (vocals) Fay recorded her own albums together with many international musicians such as Mike Stern, Kenny Werner, Toots Thielemands, and she was invited as soloist for many CD recordings by the WDR Big Band, Bob Brookmeyers New Art Orchestra, the Millennium Jazz Orchestra and the Danish Radio Big Band.
She cooperated with well known conducters and arrangers such as Jim Mc Neely, Vince Mendoza and Michael Abene. Fay was rewarded with The Golden Record for her double album Two Portraits of Chet Baker. Jazz Times USA wrote about this cd: ’An Astonishing Album’, Down Beat: ‘A mega-production with extremely solo contributions’.
In the Winners Poll of All About Jazz USA the album was proclaimed as ‘Best Vocal Album of the Year’. Moreover, for other albums Fay received a Grammy longlistnomination and an Edison Award. In 2011 her succesfully cd SING! with the WDR Big Band and the WDR Rundfunk Orchester conducted and arranged by Michael Abene was presented. As guest soloist Fay was often invited by the Metropole Orkest and Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw. Her effortless skill of improvisation not only brought her on stages in Europe, but also in Japan, China and the U.S.A.
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Rob Bruynen (trumpet)

Paul Heller (saxophone)

Paul Heller is a WDR Big Band saxophonist and the artistic director of his own concert series 'Next Level Jazz' in Cologne.
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Paul Heller is a WDR Big Band saxophonist and the artistic director of his own concert series "Next Level Jazz" in Cologne.

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Cor Bakker (piano)

Cor Bakker (1961) started playing piano at age 11. As a child he was inspired by Louis van Dijk, who was then already a famous pianist. Eventually it was Louis van Dijk who encouraged Cor to further develop his musical talent at the conservatory. In 1984 Cor Bakker graduated cum laude from Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam with a degree in piano and jazz. He then continued his studies in Los Angeles with the American pianist, composer and arranger Clare Fischer (1928). Today this former teacher remains Cor's greatest musical inspiration. And still today they have a very special musical connection/bond between the two of them?   After graduating Cor Bakker was soon working with nearly all the big names in Dutch...
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Cor Bakker (1961) started playing piano at age 11. As a child he was inspired by Louis van Dijk, who was then already a famous pianist. Eventually it was Louis van Dijk who encouraged Cor to further develop his musical talent at the conservatory. In 1984 Cor Bakker graduated cum laude from Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam with a degree in piano and jazz. He then continued his studies in Los Angeles with the American pianist, composer and arranger Clare Fischer (1928). Today this former teacher remains Cor's greatest musical inspiration. And still today they have a very special musical connection/bond between the two of them? After graduating Cor Bakker was soon working with nearly all the big names in Dutch show business and had built up a name as a superior accompanist. In 1987 Cor received the Scheveningen Accompanist's Prize for his work as an accompanist. At the same time he was also successful in establishing himself as a soloist. He has released several solo CDs, does regular theater tours under his own name and has received several prestigious awards for his piano playing, including the Golden Harp, the Golden Nutcracker and the Kiwanis Jazz Award. From 1986 to 1996 Cor was involved in several radio programs including “Coulissen”. In this show he accompanied a different guest artist every week. This led to him getting his own radio show “Music Minded “. Here Cor welcomed a variety of (inter)national artists, interviewed them and then made music with them. With this same concept Cor later made the jump to television under the name “Cor & Co.” (1996 to 2001). On this program Cor's guests included artists like Al Jarreau, Lionel Richie, Michel Legrand, Michel Petrucciani and UB40. Making this show was a boyhood dream come true: he could invite the artists whom he had always admired, interview them and then accompany them on piano with his own 28 piece orchestra. In the period 1989 to 2000 Cor was a regular member of the Metropole Orchestra. National celebrity awaited Cor from the moment he started appearing weekly on television. In 1990 theater star Paul de Leeuw hosted his first television show: ‘de Schreeuw van de Leeuw’. Paul asked Cor to be his accompanist and musical director on this program. To date Cor still provides the musical accompaniment for Paul de Leeuw's successful new television program '‘Mooi! Weer de Leeuw'. In this show Cor accompanies every week a lot of celebraties for example Michael Bublé, Adele, Robbie Williams and many more. In 1996 Cor Bakker won the Golden Harp. This prize is considered one of the most important prizes in Dutch music. A year later, in 1997, Cor won ‘de Gouden Notekraker’, another major music prize. In 1996 yet another dream came true for Cor: he got to play together on tour with the pianist he had adored as a child: Louis van Dijk. The concert tour "Sultans of Swing" was so successful that it was extended, and to this day Cor and Louis van Dijk continue to have a great time working together. From that period until today Cor has accompanied a wide variety of artists. He has worked with, among others, Madeline Bell, the legendary British singer Shirley Bassey and the American Oleta Adams. Cor also has been involved in dozens of theater productions, including a tribute to Cole Porter, and a number of projects with The Rosenberg Trio, chansonnier Philippe Elan and Karin Bloemen. In 2001 Cor starred in another television show “Cor op Reis” (“Cor on the Road “). In this program Cor goes on a musical tour of the world. Along the way he discovers the roots of fado, salsa, jazz and the blues. He meets Al Jarreau in Los Angeles, Zucchero in Italy, Toots Thielemans in Belgium and Lionel Richie in Miami. In 2007 Cor Bakker won the "Kiwanis Jazz Award". This prize is awarded annually at the Goois Jazz Festival to a jazz artist who has done something of merit for jazz music. This honor has had quite an influence on Cor, because it stimulated him to give even more time and attention to his jazz-playing, something he had long been planning to do. 2009 was the year that Cor celebrates 25 years in the business. His career is characterized by diversity: there are few musicians as versatile as Cor Bakker. His original studies at the conservatory were in jazz and now Cor seems to be embracing this 'old flame' more and more. Cor had long dreamed of recording an album with only his own compositions. Moreover, he wanted to do it in, for him, the ideal circumstances. He was very curious if that would make an audible difference in the music! In 2008 the time was ripe: with a group of top musicians, including Jesse van Ruller, he travelled to an idyllic spot in Italy where he rented a recording studio. There is sunshine every day, there is a pool, and there is fine wine and delicious Italian cuisine. For days on end the musicians work in the studio on an album full of original compositions. The hard work is, however, alternated with moments of total relaxation, and that is just what gives this CD its special inspired sound. The CD is called "Elettra", named for the two stones that will give a spark when they hit each other.
This CD is released in 2010. The album's 12 tracks show a clear jazz influence: "Elettra" is a refreshing instrumental CD with a kaleidoscope of different moods. From slow ballads to mature latin-ish tunes. The perfect balance between intellect and emotion which Cor so loves in music and which is now so in evidence on his new CD "Elettra". During his career Cor Bakker has released five albums under his own name and has appeared on countless CD and DVD productions of other artists.
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Ludwig Nuss (trombone)

Hans Dekker (drums)

Peter Tiehuis (guitar)

Peter Tiehuis (1956) combined a classical study at the Conservatory of Twente in Enschede, a jazz study at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague with an extensive stage experience in rock and blues bands which enabled him to play almost any kind of music. He is a member the Metropole Orchestra since 1996.
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Peter Tiehuis (1956) combined a classical study at the Conservatory of Twente in Enschede, a jazz study at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague with an extensive stage experience in rock and blues bands which enabled him to play almost any kind of music. He is a member the Metropole Orchestra since 1996.

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Andy Hunter (trombone)

Andy Haderer (trumpet)

John Marshall (trumpet)

Shannon Barnett (trombone)

Shannon Barnett is a versatile Australian trombonist, vocalist and composer, and graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts. In 2007, she was named Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year at the Australian Jazz Bell Awards.  Barnett has become an important contributor to the Australian music scene, performing in ensembles including Vada, The Bamboos, The Vampires, and as a guest with the Andrea Keller Quartet, on the 2004 ABC Jazz release Angels and Rascals. Barnett has also appeared with the Australian Art Orchestra, Barney McAll's Mother of Dreams and Secrets feat. Kurt Rosenwinkel, Charlie Haden, Flap! and the Paul Grabowsky Sextet, and from 2009-2010, she worked as a multi-instrumentalist and composer with the contemporary circus group Circus Oz.  In 2010, Barnett...
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Shannon Barnett is a versatile Australian trombonist, vocalist and composer, and graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts. In 2007, she was named Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year at the Australian Jazz Bell Awards. Barnett has become an important contributor to the Australian music scene, performing in ensembles including Vada, The Bamboos, The Vampires, and as a guest with the Andrea Keller Quartet, on the 2004 ABC Jazz release Angels and Rascals. Barnett has also appeared with the Australian Art Orchestra, Barney McAll's Mother of Dreams and Secrets feat. Kurt Rosenwinkel, Charlie Haden, Flap! and the Paul Grabowsky Sextet, and from 2009-2010, she worked as a multi-instrumentalist and composer with the contemporary circus group Circus Oz. In 2010, Barnett released her debut album as a leader, entitled 'Country', on the Which Way Music label. The recording also features Christopher Hale (acoustic bass guitar), Nashua Lee (electric guitar) and Ben Hendry (drums), and was nominated for Best Jazz Album in the 2010 AIR Awards and Best Jazz Recording in the 2011 ABC Limelight Awards. After attending Dave Douglas' ‘Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music’ in Banff, Canada in 2010, Barnett was inspired to relocate to New York City, where she completed a Master of Music degree. There she performed with the likes of Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, Pedro Giraudo, Cyrille Aimée, Cecile McLorin Salvant, the Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra of New York and was a regular member of the Birdland Big Band. In early 2014, she moved to Cologne, Germany, to take up a position with the WDR Big Band.
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Wim Both (trumpet)

Ruud Breuls (trumpet)

Ruud Breuls is a jazz trumpeter and session musician, who is also a member of the Metropole Orchestra. He studied at the conservatories of Rotterdam and Amsterdam. He won the Wessel Iicken prize in 1988, a prize to encourage young talented musicians. After his graduation he started teaching at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. He is one of the most sought after trumpet players in the Netherlands and, in addition to playing in the Metropole Orchestra, he is also a member of the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw and the Dutch Jazz Orchestra.
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Ruud Breuls is a jazz trumpeter and session musician, who is also a member of the Metropole Orchestra. He studied at the conservatories of Rotterdam and Amsterdam. He won the Wessel Iicken prize in 1988, a prize to encourage young talented musicians. After his graduation he started teaching at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. He is one of the most sought after trumpet players in the Netherlands and, in addition to playing in the Metropole Orchestra, he is also a member of the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw and the Dutch Jazz Orchestra.

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Mattis Cederberg (trombone)

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Press

Jazz singer Fay Claassen in the heyday of her shining career.
De Nieuwe Muze, 10-12-2018

The unsuspected beauty of Dutch songs" "As if she were Miles herself
Jazzism, 01-11-2018

Dutch songs in jazzy jacket
De Standaard, 20-9-2018

Great all those songs from my childhood.
Plus magazine, 31-8-2018

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