Legendary composer Gene Pritsker, who is well-known for his wide range of artistic projects, teams up with international vocalist Ljiljana Winkler and her jazz and contemporary music ensemble, Solenne, for a compelling EP that neatly combines genres and spotlights their combined skill. The two EP tracks, “Path” and “Blues From An Airport Bar,” are explored in this review, along with the vocals, performance, production, and instruments that contribute to this collaboration’s captivating musical journey. It was released on October 27th. Enjoy it!
“Path” is the EP’s opening tune. Originally a riveting R&B song transformed into a jazzy/operatic chamber piece, this song unveils a rich, lovely backdrop that wraps you before Winkler’s angelic voice floods your ears with a heavenly feeling. She delivered the song with such affection and majesty that it became even more beautiful. It sounded in the ears like an angel uttering words. However, the Solenne band played several interesting ensemble pieces that proved their adaptability in a variety of styles. A colorful and enticing sound environment was created by the perfect blending of the piano, saxophone, bass, and drum set. The production was effective and harmonious, letting every instrument bloom while keeping an orderly sound.
The second track on the EP is “Blues From An Airport Bar: Movement 1,” the first of the EP’s four movements and another iconic jazz tune. This song is wonderful, and we are drawn in by Winkler’s attractiveness and her luring voice. Although her voice is amazing, her vocalization is what I found most outstanding. She performed that smoothly, and if I were to give her a score, I don’t think a 100 would be enough. She stole the show; therefore, she deserves more. Also, I was moved by the band’s performance. They produced a warm and homey ambiance with their relaxing tones, which led to a calm and soulful mood.
Now for the second of the four-part cycle song, “Blues From An Airport Bar: Movement 2,” which comes off as the third track on the EP, is another brilliant piece of writing. It is fair that Winkler’s voice takes center stage throughout the whole performance. She moved so effortlessly between the beautiful instruments that I was amazed. I would define that as an elite act! The song’s melodies and harmonies were on another level, and I couldn’t help but feel something as I listened to it. A special shout-out to the band members; they outdid themselves.
“Blues From An Airport Bar: Movement 3,” where the ensemble explores a more refined and lovely execution of the blues, keeps the EP moving forward. An enjoyable and interesting listening experience is produced by the combination of the instruments. Additionally, this song adds an artsy jazz flavor to the EP. Its catchy melody—particularly the trumpet part—combined with Wimkler’s lively voice stirs up nostalgia and takes us back to a pleasant time. Due to the track’s infectious power, it’s hard to resist swaying to the beat and being blown away by the groove. It also delivers a feeling of calm and gliding in the air.
The last track on the EP, “Blues From An Airport Bar: Movement 4,” offers a solemn and moving conclusion. Winkler’s voice strikes once more, presenting the moving words with style and a heartfelt performance. It’s admirable how well she captures the emotional range of Miller’s poems, and the blend of her voice and the ensemble makes for a fascinating listening experience. The production captures the spirit of a jazz concert at an airport bar while keeping a live, cozy vibe.
Overall, this EP is a masterwork of musical fusion that competently crosses genre lines. Thanks to the talents of Uli Fiedler on bass, Kay Fischer on saxophone, Peter Oswald on trumpet, Saori Anraku on piano, and Harald Alt on drum set, the entire production is as clean and perfect as ever. They should be praised for the fantastic job they have done. Anyone looking for a tasteful fusion of genres should check out this EP. It’s a tribute to musical diversity, merging jazz, classical, and contemporary elements to give the listener a very absorbing experience.
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