"Some wonderful material from the past has been turned into magic by Arne Fogel & Maud Hixson. Listen, it's great!"
------ MARGARET WHITING
"....An exciting effort by the two singers.....it's Fogel & Hixson who show what a duo can do...."
-------STEVE HECKLER, "MPLS.ST.PAUL MAGAZINE"
"(Hixson) combines expressive phrasing and dead-on intonation.....her voice is a perfect blend with Fogel's mellow baritone.....The CD's concept works, in fact, because both have a serious interest in the art and history of the ballad, and that comes through in their interpretations...."
--------DICK PARKER, TWIN CITIES JAZZ NOTES "CODA"
"I was in the middle of my fantasy! I had purchased my round-trip to New York. Where to go? One stop for sure - The Algonquin, to catch Arne Fogel and Maud Hixson. For a program full of rich messages about days and times beyond my dreams. But, here it is, and we'll pick up the tab! Listen....."
-----LEIGH KAMMAN - "THE JAZZ IMAGE" TM Minnesota Public Radio
"Everything sits together beautifully. The songs are all well chosen and the accompaniments have been deftly conceived to provide a perfect framework for the singing...Maud is quite a find....It's refreshing to hear two singers so much in accord with their material and with each other."
-----------KEN BARNES, RECORD PRODUCER (Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee, Jack Jones, Fred Astaire, Johnny Mercer, etc.)
"What Fogel does is subtle. His baritone is good bourbon on the rocks - sweet with a touch of snap. He's the guy you don't fall for fast - but who wins you over completely with a wistful blend of warmth and flashes of wit.....(Hixson's) voice has the sophistication of silver satin, a cool sexiness that's absolutely in control of the situation.... Hixson & Fogel's collaboration of joyous duets, "Let's Not Be Sensible", presents both artists in a fun frolic of adult musical attraction. The chemistry is Astaire graciously supporting Ginger Rogers to swirl in all her shimmering glory."
-----------LYDIA HOWELL, "MINNEAPOLIS OBSERVER"
"The Twin Cities...have some of the best musicians in the country. And the best have been assembled for "Let's Not Be Sensible!".....Take this wonderful band (the Wolverines Quintet) and add the vocals of Fogel and Hixson and you get fantastic duets. Both turn in great performances, blending their sounds to create pleasing harmonies throughout.....you need this CD in your library...."
---------FALL 2005 ISSUE: "STRUTTERS QUARTERLY"
ARNE FOGEL on MAUD HIXSON:
Maud has certainly come a long way in a short time. This unpretentious, laid-back performer lets her gorgeous tone and oh-so-satisfying sense of diction "speak" for itself. She presents a persona fascinatingly devoid of ego and show-offmanship.
Watch her - listen to her - as she quietly takes over the room. A real "stealth singer". Maud seems to have taken the Cole Porter line in the song "Now You Has Jazz" to heart, as she has found "...a spot, cool and hot..." from which to present her musical persona: The cool, even phrasing and temperament of the post-modern movement meets the subtle yet insistent swing of the original stylists of the 20s, 30s, & 40s. "Cool and Hot" indeed.
I predict Big Things for Maud Hixson, which is something of a no-brainer really, as here, within her community, "Big Things" are already starting to happen for her. Her talent and her reputation are expanding exponentially.
Maud Hixson demonstrates that this music has a history, a tradition, and a set of standards by which its truest practitioners - both yesterday and today - must be measured. Hers is a quiet voice, but don't let that fool you: in a world of Pop-Diva gate crashers at the "Golden Age's" Big Bandwagon, Maud's the Real Thing, signaling, in her subtle, sweetheart way, the real return of the musical "Greatest Generation".
It's been a genuine thrill for me to be a part of her on-going musical "story", and making this CD with her has been one of the high-points of my career.
-------- Arne Fogel
ABOUT ARNE FOGEL:
Arne Fogel has long been one of the Twin Cities most popular attractions at the top Twin Cities' jazz venues, and is a veteran of over 1,500 recording sessions as a singer, actor or announcer on commercials and film soundtracks (That's Arne singing "I'll Be Seeing You" in the recent "TUESDAY MORNING" TV commercial featuring LAUREN BACALL). Arne performed as the opening act for Rosemary Clooney at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis in December of 2001. He was, for many years, a regular performer on Public Radio's "A Prairie Home Companion", and for many years has created popular radio programs for such outlets as the Minnesota Public Radio Network, and KLBB-AM 1400 in the Twin Cities area.
"Arne Fogel: For many Minnesotans he's a household word - that jazz singer with a mellow voice who's as reliably there as the seasons..."
---Dave Matheny, Mpls. Star-Tribune
"Fogel himself wears many hats and under one of them he is perhaps the Twin Cities' finest male singer of classic American popular song."
---Bob Lingner, Twin Cities Jazz Society "Jazz Notes
"Fogel does it all well, with grace, conviction, and a pretty good set of pipes!"
---William J. Schafer (Author of "The Art Of Ragtime"), Mississippi Rag
"Fogel's encyclopedic knowledge of pop music shines....only someone steeped in the history of popular music could have come up with such gems, and mixed them with classics....."
--- Tom Webber, Rochester Post-Bulletin
"Arne brings his talents as an actor and singer to presentations of the creative work of this country's foremost musicians.....His deep understanding of the context from which the music and musicians emerge provides a solid basis for sharing his affection and knowledge with his audience."
---Marilyn Heltzer, Station Manager KCRB-FM Bemidji, MN. Former Vice-President of programming, Minnesota Public Radio
"Arne is a very good singer in the great tradition, who deserves to be heard.....His singing has its own distinct style & flavor, and he sounds like no one else."
---Michael Lund, Serendipidy Records International Catalogue
The Wolverines are the top "swing" aggregation in the Twin Cities, led by drummer Jendeen Forberg.