Anirahtak and Jürgen Sturm Band – Berlin-Paris-New York (Remastered) (1992/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:01:13 minutes | 647 MB | Genre: Vocal Jazz
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In 1989, I was inspired by a theatrical job as an orchestral musician in the “Threepenny Opera” for a closer look at Kurt Weill’s music. Why not cultivate the same free dealings (in terms of improvisation and arrangement) with Weill pieces, as our American colleagues did and do with their musical heritage, perhaps by Gershwin or Porter? A new band had to come! The ball star setting would have sounded too similar to a Weil orchestra. Kurt Weill’s instrumental concept 1928 was that of a dance band, I should do so in 1989 too. An old companion, Manfred Rahier on drums, is allowed to “finally keep it clean”, very fitting to the rhythmic intensity of the Lothar Galle-M. spread on the electric bass. The electric orchestrion (in fact about 120 kilos of keyboards and electronics with the Ludger Singer realizes his own sounds created for the project), as well as my guitar, provide for the harmonic mesh. Anirahtak is singing! Her extreme range of vocals, her nuance-rich color, her rhythmic talent (perfect to teach even the German language to run) and especially her immunity to already existing interpretations of the intended material predestined her for this project: the Kurt Weill program.
What began naïve and playful soon landed under the production wing of Jürgen Müller in the studio and through Rainer Wiedensohler and Nabel Records in the records of the record dealers, the Weill-year was at the door. So lucky only the innocent have: An excited press brought us in positive comparison with the relevant well-known names had nothing better to do than in 1990 ‘Weill disc to throw on the market. Although our record sales did not keep pace with the relevant issues, we did enjoy frequent concert and tour work and thus a playful live quality which is documented in another record production: “Berlin – Paris – New York”. While we explored the Weill one floor down, the world had already turned to other things, and so this, I think, better product, was kept secret from too many people. Also Anirahtak and the Jürgen Sturm Band began to look around for other materials and so for the WDR in 1993, the production “5 German hits”. Strangely enough, the band has never really been able to free themselves from their original playing style, and so it still sounds the most intense with the “Kurt Weill Program”.
This band also turned out to be a good pool: Anirahtak – Singer Duo, Anirahtak Storm Duo, Storm Trio with Galle and Rahier (“While My Guitar Gently Monks”), Anirahtak Galle – Storm etc. and more.
1. Anirahtak and Jürgen Sturm Band – Denn wovon lebt der Mensch (Remastered) (06:05)
2. Anirahtak and Jürgen Sturm Band – Matrosen Tango (Remastered) (06:03)
3. Anirahtak and Jürgen Sturm Band – Alabama Song (Remastered) (05:09)
4. Anirahtak and Jürgen Sturm Band – Youkali (Remastered) (09:37)
5. Anirahtak and Jürgen Sturm Band – Complainte de la Seine (Remastered) (08:38)
6. Anirahtak and Jürgen Sturm Band – Speak Low (Remastered) (09:21)
7. Anirahtak and Jürgen Sturm Band – September Song (Remastered) (05:05)
8. Anirahtak and Jürgen Sturm Band – Wie lange noch (Remastered) (08:31)
9. Anirahtak and Jürgen Sturm Band – My Ship (Remastered) (02:41)
Anirahtak – vocals
Jürgen Sturm – guitar
Ludger Singer – keyboard
Lothar Galle – bass
Manfred Rahier – drums