【Simone Kopmajer - Nothing's Gonna Change】(2012) [HDCD/24bit 96kHz Mastering]

(English follows Japanese)

 

My Favorite Album (395)

 

By Takaaki Kondo, Tokyo Jazz Review

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Rating

Musical Performance     ★★★★☆

Sound Quality               ★★★★★

Overall Enjoyment         ★★★★☆

 

Simone(シモーネ)と云えばVenus Recordsからの作品多数。「カワイイお姉チャンがカワイク歌ってみました」的な安易さが付き纏(まと)ってどれもパッとしない。

 

ところがですよ!

素晴らしいですよ!このアルバム!

もう、ホントに

 

『素晴らしいの一言!』

 

今までの作品は何だったのか?

 

これ、何とタイのHitman Co., Ltd.というレーベルが制作した作品です。タイです。Thailandです。でも思いっきり真面目に、本格的に制作されています。録音場所は彼女の“Home”であるVienna(ウィーン)。タイじゃないですから(笑)。

 

で、この作品が大成功している最大の理由(「総論」)は、

 

Simone Kopmajer自身とMusical partnerであるJohn Di Martinoの共同プロデュースであること』

 

主役はあくまでもSimone Kopmajer。彼女のやりたい事をJohn Di Martinoがサポートしている。Simone Kopmajerがやりたいメンバーを集めて、彼女がやりたい曲を選び、彼女が好きなようにアレンジして、彼女が最も信頼する地元のスタジオで、最も信頼するエンジニアによって録音されている。

 

Musician本人と、彼女(彼)が信頼するMusicianを"Observer/Adviser"として共同プロデューサーにするのが一番ナンですよ。Jazzの演奏なんかこれっぽっちも出来やしない野暮なProducerが、曲から人選、スタジオ、エンジニアまで「帝王」の如く「命令」して、彼女の駄作を出し続けていたことが良くわかる。彼女の価値を無理やり下げてきたことがわかる。

 

ここでのSimone Kopmajerは、Venus Recordsでの「シモーネ」とは全く別人。素晴らしい実力を持った本格派Jazz Singer

 

改めて彼女自身が書いているBiographyを読んでみると

 

Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Jon Hendricksといった米国の本格派Jazz Singerに憧れてJazzを歌い始める」

 

ホラ、もう全然イメージが違うでしょ?

 

Australiaの”University for Music and dramatic Arts”で音楽学位を取得し,地元AustraliaMark Murphy, Sheila Jordan, Michele Hendricks, Jay Claytonthe New York Voicesらと共演を重ねる」

 

本格派だ。

 

で、この作品の素晴らしい所(「各論」)

 

1. John Di Martinoのアレンジ、歌伴(プレイ)がセンス抜群」

 

彼はこの点に於いて日本のみならず、NYでも確固たる地位を気づきましたね。

 

2. 「”あの”Jamaaladeen Tacuma (ジャマラディーン・タクーマ)が参加していること!!!!」

 

何という人選!これだよ!これはSimoneのたっての希望だったとのこと。今さら説明の必要があるとは思いませぬが、Jamaaladeen Tacumaは弱冠19歳でOrnette Colemanのエレクトリック・ファンク・バンド、”Prime Time”に参加。“ハーモロディクス”と称されたオーネット独自の理論に基づくこのバンドの基幹として名盤『Dancing in Your Head』『Body Meta』など5枚のアルバムに参加。1983年からはソロ・アーティストとしてGramavisionに多くのアルバムを残す。ジェームス・ブラッド・ウルマーの78年の名盤『Tales of Captain Black』にもオーネットらと共に参加。1988年のアルバム””Jukebox”がGrammy Nominateされる。その後JazzFunkFree Jazzの様々なプロジェクトで活躍している”Legendary”なBassistです。日本人Producerがこんな人選思い付くか?思い付けるか?

 

Inconceivable”であろう。

 

3. 「素晴らしい選曲」

 

思いっきりカバー。でもいい曲ばっかり。本当に彼女が歌いたかった曲なんだろうな。実にイキイキと本領を発揮して歌っています。驚くのはCarpentersを歌ってもちゃんと「Jazzしてる」こと。この感覚はMusicianじゃないとわからない。

 

4. 「素晴らしい録音(音質)」

 

最後にダメ押し。録音がとんでもなく良い!今年も(ハイレソ音源DLを併せれば)300枚のアルバムを購入し、愛聴しましたが、確実に今年のBest3に入る素晴らしく録音。何が素晴らしいって

 

『ほとんど生音』

 

なんですよ。まるで目の前で演奏しているようだ。

 

そして「ほとんど”化粧”していない」こともその要因。

『あまりの厚化粧に吐き気がする』Venus Recordsの音質と対称的。

 

24bit/96kHz Masteringというスペックを活かしつつも

 

『何も足さない。何も引かない。』

 

Musicianが出している音を”素”のままDiskに入れている』

 

 

以上、いろいろな要素がありますが、このアルバム、今年聴いた中で

 

『愛してる』

 

という意味では

 

BEST ONE

です!(今のところはね…)

 

朝に、昼に、夕方に、夜に、寝る前に、毎日毎日コレばっかり繰り返して聴いています。

 

Highest recommendation for this outstanding recording

 

(Personnel)

Simone Kopmajer - vocals

John Di Martino - piano

Jamaaladeen Tacuma - electric bass

Reinhardt Winkler - drums

Wolfgang Puschnig - flute, alto saxophone

 

(Track Listing)

1. Nothing's Gonna Change [M.MASSER/G.GOFFIN]

2. Home [M.BUBLE]

3. How Deep Is Your Love [B.GIBB]

4. Way Back Into Love [A.SCHLESINGER]

5. Can't Take My Eyes Of You [B.CREWE]

6. Just The Way You Are [B.JOEL]

7. We're All Alone [B.SCAGGS]

8. I'll Have To Say I Love You [J.CROCE]

9. Love Will Keep Us Alive [J.CAPALIDI]

10. I'm Yours [J.MRAZ]

11. When You Say Nothing At All [P.OVERSTREET]

12. Top Of The World [R.CARPENTER]

13. How Do I Live [D.WARREN]

14. Imagine [J.LENNON]

 

All arrangements by John Di Martino

Recorded at 4 tune studio, Vienna

Recording engineer – Martin Clebahn 

 

Produced by Simone Kopmajer & John Di Martino

 

Simone Kopmajer

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iTunes

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Audio - Nothing's gonna change my love for you

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZj8_MRiYrc

 

Review

A singer who goes by her first name only, Simone Kopmajer was born in 1982 in a musical family. She started classical piano when she was 8 and began singing professionally at 15. Over the last ten years, she rose up through the various systems of support for jazz in Europe - talent competitions, officially-subsized orchestras and festivals that are pretty much unknown in the land of the music's birth. She studied formally in Graz, Austria, where two of the foremost jazz vocal educators, Mark Murphy and Sheila Jordan, have long-term teaching residencies, made her US debut in 2000, and has worked all over the world. She had release 3 albums under Venus Records which was well received in Asia and Japan. "Nothing's Gonna Change" is Simone album that you would be able to play again and again due to the acoustic jazz arrangement with Kopmajer's  intimate, but not fragile; cool, yet accessible sound.

 

John di Martino, who’s been at the helm, musically, for much of Simone’s recording career, turns in another stellar performance not only as the pianist, but also as the arranger for this session.  Jamaaldeen Tacuma is on electric bass, Reinhart Winkler on drums, and some nice punctuation (as on the Carpenters’ “Top Of The World”) by Wolfgang Puschnig on flute and alto sax. A welcome new talent, Simone Kopmajer ranks with Stacey Kent and Diana Krallas an interpreter of “Pop Jazz” style. This album a must for lovers of romantic jazz.

 

I go through these phases where I’ll really enjoy hearing a singer fronting a big band, and then… And then it’s good to find a singer who doesn’t need all that; one who can work with a smaller group, and that can be an art in itself.  The over-produced big group can cover a lot of flaws, the under-produced small group can sound amateurish. This one, this Goldilocks, is just right.  Ms. Kopmajer’s style is intimate, but not fragile; cool, yet accessible. It takes some brass to release “Home” so soon after the Michael Bublé version that was played to death on Adult Contemporary (“Lite”) radio.  And yet, it’s not only flawless, but it actually took me a half-beat to realize it was the same song. One of Ms. Kopmajer’s band-mates from her first album, bassist George Mraz, contributes the playful “I’m Yours,” which is one of my favorites from the disc.  You’ll swear you’ve heard it before – it’s that contagious. John di Martino, who’s been at the helm, musically, for much of Ms. Kopmajer’s recording career, turns in another stellar performance not only as the pianist, but also as the arranger for this session.  Jamaaldeen Tacuma is on electric bass, Reinhart Winkler on drums, and some nice punctuation (as on the Carpenters’ “Top Of The World”) by Wolfgang Puschnig on flute and alto sax. But this is Ms. Kopmajer’s show.  That she’s hard to find in the record stacks or on the radio here is a shame.  She deserves a wider audience.  I’ve been following Simone Kopmajer for the past five years or so.  That first review called her “one to watch.”  And it’s been my pleasure to watch her grow professionally, to hear the confident young woman she has become. Poke around on the web, and you’ll find a lot of releases that are more available in Asia than anywhere else.  This is one of these, apparently easily available in Thailand. And that’s a shame. Highest recommendation for this outstanding recording.

 

Biography

 

It was Simone’s idea to take the great songs of different generations and put all together in what could be considered a level playing field. «I love to sing the great jazz standards,» the 20-something Austrian native tells me, «but, great as they are, I don’t want to sing them exclusively.» Thus she mixes it up–going seamlessly from the music of Prince and Motown to that of the Gershwins and Rodgers & Hart. She varies between the old and new, which is entirely logical considering that virtually all of them are considerably older than she is. She also includes music from both Broadway and Nashville–also a logical choice considering that New York and Tennessee are roughly equidistant from Vienna. Simone takes an evocative country-folk song associated with Alison Kraus, and, with her stunning voice and the combined musicality of herself and co-producer/pianist John di Martino, makes it into something even more special. «I was driving from one show to another in the States, when I heard it on the car radio.» she reports, «I couldn’t get all the details, but I eventually figured out what the song was. Before I could find the sheet music, I wrote out the chords myself.» It’s a beautifully sung and even haunting performance–in more ways than one.

The new CD also includes three excellent original songs, my favorite of which is «Didn’t You Say.» «It’s about these men that promise you all kinds of things, and then in the end, they don’t deliver anything.» She tells me it’s inspired by real relationships, and I tell her she’s too young to be so cynical. However, the Count Basie-style beat provided by the combination of di Martino and ace rhythm guitarist helps negate any possible ill will, and «Didn’t You Say» turns out to be a real romper after all.

Meet a fresh, young singer from Austria, whose US debut in the year 2000 was hailed as "captivating“. Jazz legend Ira Sullivan calls her “a great young talent” with a big future in Jazz.

Simone, now 25 years old, grew up in a family of musicians and started to sing, in her father's band when she was 12. At the same time she studied piano, though singing remained her first love. Early on, she entered and won various talent contests and even made appearances on television in her native land, Austria. As a young performer, she twice toured the Netherlands with the “Euro Big Band” and later appeared in several International Jazz Festivals.

Influenced by some of the great American vocalists, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and Jon Hendricks, Simone has developed into a true Jazzsinger, a singer who uses a wide variety of rhythms and excels in her very individual style of scatting. Laurie Antonioli says that “Simone is an excellent musician, with soulful and hip improvising. She digs in and isn't afraid to take risks with the music”.

 

Simone received her Masters Degree from the University for Music and dramatic Arts in Graz, Austria where she had the opportunity to work with such Jazz luminaries as Mark Murphy, Sheila Jordan, Michele Hendricks, Jay Clayton and the New York Voices.