Beat Kaestli | Happy, Sad and Satisfied

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Happy, Sad and Satisfied

by Beat Kaestli

Vocal Jazz: TOP25 BEST CD of 2006 “Gloriously dreamy and romantic.” (Indie-Music Magazine)
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Summertime
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2. You'd be so nice to come home to
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3. Blue/'round midnight
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4. Les feuilles mortes/Autumn leaves
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5. Lazy afternoon
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6. My funny Valentine
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7. Thy Hand, Belinda/When I am laid in earth
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8. So in love
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9. Tenderly
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10. I (who have nothing)
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Album Notes
With his sophomore CD "Happy, Sad and Satisfied", a tribute to the American Standard, critically acclaimed Jazz Vocalist Beat Kaestli captures the mood of classic songs in a contemporary setting. In a time where aged Rock stars are recording Jazz Standards and record labels recycle the era of Big Band singers like Sinatra and Bennett, Beat Kaestli stands out as a unique and true Jazz Vocalist. His versatility as a singer only adds to his charm, lending him a contemporary yet never overly commercial touch. Beat has the ability to take a song from Baroque Aria into Jazz and then turn around and mold a popular Jazz Standard into a groovy R&B tune. This ability to create something new and fresh out of the old and established stems form his universal sense of music and his understanding of Jazz, truly the music of invention and change.

Line up:
Beat Kaetli - voice
Ben Stivers - piano, rhodes, organ
Marcus McLaurine - bass
Steve Doyle - bass
Jochen Rueckert - drums
Andres Patrick Forero - percussion
Kenny Rampton - trumpet, flugelhorn
Joel Frahm - tenor sax
Lance Murphy - tenor sax

"There's a real great vibe throughout the disc... it shows your range and abilities, but also your "soul" as a singer." (Luciana Souza, Grammy Nominee, Sunnyside Records)

"Beat can swing standards and in the blink of an eye, escort his willing audiences into the pop idiom. His lovely vocal instrument is rich, unique, personal..." (Nancy Marano, Munich Records)

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A native of Switzerland, Beat Kaestli always felt akin to American Popular Music, Jazz and R&B. When faced with the choice of a promising singing career in his homeland or broadening his musical horizon in the US, he decided to make New York City his new home. A Scholarship Recipient at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music, he enjoyed special attention from lauded Jazz vocalists Nancy Marano and Luciana Souza. While honing his craft alongside noteworthy Jazz performers like Jane Monheit, Stefon Harris and Jason Moran, he immersed himself in Manhattan’s fiercely competitive music scene, emerging as a seasoned performer. He now appears at renowned clubs such as Birdland, The Jazz Standard, B.B. King’s, 55 Bar and The BlueNote in New York, Scullers in Boston and Twins Jazz in DC. In 2005, Beat was the chosen vocalist for the Glenn Miller Orchestra, thrilling audiences in concert halls across the USA. In 2006 he embarked on a promotional tour for his CD “Happy, Sad and Satisfied”to Europe, performing in notable clubs like the B-Flat in Berlin, Die Unterfahrt in Munich and Moods in Zuerich.

Besides Jazz, Beat’s versatility as a vocalist has led him to excel in many other styles of music. He sang on Dario G.’s club-smash Sunchyme and with his solo projects Beat performed at festivals in the USA, such as the CMJ Festival, NYC, toured Europe and he appeared at award shows like the Swiss Oscars (Prix Walo), with Nubya. Additionally, he traveled the world, producing and starring in the Orange Gospel Tour 99. Beat is part of the original cast of various musicals, like Neil Goldberg’s Christmas Dreams, Job and the Snake (Lambs Theater, NYC) and the Off-Broadway hit Pure Gospel Christmas directed by David Tobin.

As a songwriter Beat’s collaborative works boast a roster that includes Grammy Winners James Lloyd (Pieces of a Dream) and Peter Eldridge (New York Voices), as well as Grammy Nominated Songwriter Schon J. Crawford (Love like this, Faith Evans). His music is getting Radio Play on CD 101.9 Smooth Jazz and WBAI in New York and on over 100 stations in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, Argentina and Brazil and his songs can be heard in clubs such as The Culture Club and China Club in New York City and Feathers
in New Jersey.

Beat is featured on numerous recordings in the US and Europe and he released two solo CDs, his critically acclaimed debut CD Reasons (Billboard 10/05/2002), a collection of original songs, and the 2005 release Happy, Sad and Satisfied, his tribute to the American Standard.


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Lesly Deschler Canossi

Sweltering little gem
A sweltering little gem of a record. I (who have nothing) makes you want to run out and fall in love or lust or something.
An excellent comment on the standards as this record not only reminds us of our past but pushes the music to the next level of sophisticated interpretation.

Karen Bartholomew

A simply gorgeous sound! Musical interaction at its best.
I loved the variety of approaches on this CD. In particular, the space given for a solo introduction by the bass or the organ....setting an atmosphere for Beat's voice to enter and meld with the mood already set by the player. That's jazz style interaction at its best!


" can almost hear Miles David's trumpet."
He's at home with the American Song book yet is able to create something new even with songs as well known as "Summertime" and "Autumn leaves". He often uses his voice like a horn and phrases like an instrumentalist. In "Round Midnight" you can almost hear Miles David's trumpet.

Neue Zuercher Zeitung (Nick Liebmann)

“…einer der erfreulichtsten Newcomer.”
"...Bemerkenswert sind beim Empfaenger eines Stipendiums der begehrten Manhattan School of Music nicht nur die schoene, intonationsreine Stimme und die makellose Phrasierung. Zum Erfolg von "Sad and Satisfied", seinem selbst produzierten CD-Erstling, welchen er nun auch in seinem Heimatland vorlegt, tragen ueberdies die einfallsreichen Arrangements... bei, sowie die hervorragende Begleitband..."

Jazz Thing

"Ein gelungenes Vocal Jazz Album."
"Der in NY lebende Schweizer Beat Kaestli, hat mit "Happy, Sad and Satisfied" ein gelungenes Vocal Jazz Album aufgenommen. Wer haette es gedacht: Girshwin's "Summertime" erhaelt duch Kaestli's schleppend-swingende Interpretation einen wunderschoenen und persoenlichen Touch!" (Martin Lauerntius in "Homegrown")

TOP25 BEST CDs of 2006
Beat Kaestli - Happy, Sad and Satisfied:
"Gloriously dreamy and romantic. Take American jazz standards, give them to a Swiss artist whose crooning could seduce the coldest heart, and feel the magic start to swirl." (go to website to read full review by Jennifer Layton)


Blew my mind !!
I listened to this CD over at my friends house. We got blown away with the performances on this CD. Both Beat,the keyboardist Mr. Stivers, infact the whole backing group were brilliant.
I also, loved the choice of the standards. I (who have nothing). YEAH.


romantic and innovative
Nice sound, good variety in the songs, reminiscent at times of Chet Baker, but not drug-induced.

Ulrich Steinmetzger, Berner Zeitung, Switzerland

Zur blauen Stunde: Beat Kaestli singt Jazzstandards so, dass sie unverwechselbar
"...Im Nachklapp nun sucht auch der maskuline Teil der Bewegung seinen Platz. Von der reifen Wiederkehr des Mark Murphy bis hin zu vielfältig neuen Stimmen erstreckt sich ein fast schon inflationäres Angebot.
Unbedingt wahrnehmen sollte man in diesem Kontext den Schweizer Beat Kaestli...
...Und nun reicht seine zweite Platte «Happy, Sad and Satisfied» den Beweis nach, warum er unterwegs von Fachpresse und Publikum gefeiert wurde. Mit samtweicher Tenorstimme ist Kaestli weit mehr als ein Reproduktionsautomat des klassischen Materials. Er kann es um Facetten von Soul, Pop, Latin und Rhythm & Blues anreichern und zwar so, dass die grossen Stoffe ganz und gar für ihn passen.
Da schält sich gleich zu Beginn aus einem nobel gedimmten Konga- und Fender Rhodes-Background eine stille Version von Gershwins «Summertime» heraus, da wird mit dezenten Scats Cole Porter anverwandelt oder in einer wunderschönen Fassung von Monks Ballade «Round Midnight» die blaue Stunde zelebriert. Selbst eine Arie aus Purcells Barockoper «Dido and Aeneas» wird beiläufig ins andere Idiom transportiert. «Autumn Leaves», «Tenderly» oder «My Funny Valentine»: Bei Kaestli klingt nichts austauschbar. Diese Interpretationen haben Fi-nesse und Eleganz, sind transparent und stilsicher instrumentiert. Sie sind sich ihrer milden Magie bewusst und können deshalb ganz bei sich bleiben."

Philippe Baron, RTBF radio, Belgium

...reminiscent of the creamy perfection achieved by Mel Torme.
Beat Kaestli, a swiss singer, has been a New York resident since he was 20, and his résumé already mentions a tour with the Glenn Miller Orchestra last summer. He has also been busy on musicals and gospel music, but is mostly a jazz singer, as evidenced on his album "Happy, Sad and Satisfied" (available through Very impressive on fast tracks, with a glorious sax solo provided by Joel Frahm (of Jane Monheit and Brad Mehldau fame) on "You'd Be so Nice to Come Home to", Kaestli is surprisingly effective on ballads, his timbre sometimes reminiscent of the creamy perfection achieved by the late Mel Tormé.
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