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Stockholm Sweetnin'

by Connie Evingson

On this follow up to her highly successful venture into gypsy swing ( "Gyspy in My Soul", '04), jazz vocalist Connie Evingson teams up with The Hot Club of Sweden to further explore the "hot club" style ala Django Reinhardt and Stephan Grappelli.
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1. Stockholm Sweetnin'
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2. It's Alright with Me
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3. Lover Man
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4. Comes Love
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5. Swingin' the Blues
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6. Besame Mucho
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7. If I Had You
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8. Windmills of Your Mind
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9. I Can't Give You Anything but Love
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10. In a Sentimental Mood
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11. Throw it Away
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12. Out of Nowhere
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13. Si Tu Savais
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14. After You've Gone
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15. Autumn in Kokkola
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Jazz vocalist Connie Evingson is known for taking divergent musical paths. Her eclectic catalog of recordings for Minnehaha Music covers such varied themes as Peggy Lee, the Beatles, jazz elders, and most recently, "hot club" music a là Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli (Gypsy in My Soul, '04). Anticipating her next release, one would expect Evingson’s music to take another divergent turn. But a chance meeting with a young hot club group from Sweden inspired her to delve deeper into the Django style before moving in a new direction.

With only email for introductions and planning, Connie met The Hot Club of Sweden at Real Music Studio in Stockholm in January 2006, where they recorded 15 tunes in 2 1/2 days. The result, "Stockholm Sweetnin' ", is both stunning and uniquely Connie. Hot Club of Sweden guitarists Gustav Lundgren and Andreas Oberg and bassist Hampus Lundgren form the core rhythm section, with brilliant solo turns by each player. Guest artists from both sides of the Atlantic add their unique voices on saxophone, clarinet, accordion and percussion, but the most distinctive voice belongs to Connie, as vocalist, arranger, and lyricist (on Oberg's “Autumn in Kokkola”).

Of the fifteen tracks that fill Stockholm Sweetnin’, six are familiar hot club repertoire. “If I Had You,”
“I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,” and “Out of Nowhere” were often performed by Django himself; Duke Ellington, a Django favorite, is beautifully represented by “In a Sentimental Mood,” while another ballad, “Lover Man,” features young Swedish saxman Fredrik Lindborg. “After You’ve Gone” puts the spotlight on Minnesota clarinetist, Tony Baluff. Connie offers the rarely heard lyrics on Count Basie and Eddie Durham's “Swingin’ the Blues,” a tune she says she learned as a child from the Lambert, Hendricks and Ross record, "Sing a Song of Basie" .

Enriched by translation to gypsy swing, Quincy Jones’ “Stockholm Sweetnin'” (with lyrics by Jon Hendricks) bursts with slick guitar licks. The '40s classic “Comes Love,” with the sultry addition of Baluff’s clarinet, also benefits from its first hot club rendition. Dan Chouinard’s accordion and Connie’s clear articulation are essential to the success of Legrand’s “Windmills of My Mind” in its hot club debut, performed here in 3/4 time. Perhaps the most unusual choice for this collection is Abbey Lincoln’s “Throw It Away,” lighter here than its usual presentation and highlighting the talented percussion of Marc Anderson.


Two tracks display Connie Evingson’s talents as a multi-lingual artist. “Bésame Mucho,” sung in Spanish, more often played as a hot club instrumental, breathes Latin color and charm, thanks in part to Joan Griffith’s introduction on Spanish acoustic guitar. “Si Tu Savais” by Georges Ulmer is another popular hot club instrumental given new life through Connie’s vocals, this time in French, transporting the listener to a small Paris café. The closing track is the beautiful original (music by Oberg, lyrics by Evingson), “Autumn in Kokkola,” evoking a coastal town in Finland where bonfires and lanterns mark the end of summer.

Connie owes her predilection for exploring diverse musical roots to the early influence of her father's jazz record collection and the musical icons of her own generation (the Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Sting, Bonnie Raitt, etc.). With her three most recent releases charting on Jazzweek's Top 50 for eight weeks each (Gypsy in My Soul reaching #8) and a nomination for JazzWeek Vocalist of the Year in 2005, Evingson has become known as an artist who takes her listeners down new musical avenues.

"This collection makes me proud to be from Minneapolis! I can't put this lovely album away...["Stockholm Sweetnin' "] is high quality popular music that is both entertaining and intelligent!" -- Bruce Swedien, Producer and Recording Engineer for Quincy Jones, Dinah Washington, George Benson, Michael Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and others

"I like being musically surprised. Connie's albums are always surprisingly different and expectedly delightful." — Michael Bourne, "Singers Unlimited" (WBGO, Newark, NJ)

“Her performances carry the aroma of red wine and filterless cigarettes, sensual, slightly decadent, and thoroughly wonderful.” --C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz


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G. Schneider, Ontario

Stockholm Sweetnin'
In my opinion, Connie Evingson's Stockholm Sweetnin' CD is not as good as her Gypsy in my Soul CD. One of Connie's strengths is

her intimacy of sound and the choices of interpreting songs that speaks "to" the listener (rather than singing "at' them). This perhaps

works best for her when she's working with a smaller and more accoustic ensemble. There's certainly some wonderful technical delivery

by various band members (e.g., Nice guitar work on "If I Had You"), but I actually bought the CD for "her" sound, which I feel is

somewhat lost in the overall theme of this particular CD. Some tracks, such as "Windmills of Your Mind" and "In a Sentimental Mood" are more of a 'close' delivery. Generally, there is less of a sense that she's "letting go" enough emotionally; she's almost "phoning in" the recordings on some tracks. I'm not trying to be cruel here... she's a good artist and would do well highlighting herself more rather than feeling a need to fit in with the other players. Sometimes, "less is more" and I believe that musicians should complement the singer rather than vice versa. For new listeners to Connie, I would recommend "Gypsy in my Soul" as a better example of her capabilities and freedom of expression with this style of music. This CD is simply a "nice-to-have" addition, but it's still worth the money.

hannah

this is so great I bought 3!!
My official favorite vocal cd. Connie Evingson brings a gorgeous voice and awesome interpretive skills to wonderful, classic tunes with wonderful lyrics. I especially appreciated the accompaniment, in particular the accoustic guitar. Small quibbles are the two foreign language tunes--not up to her phenomenal talent, but they are vastly outweighed by everything else. I'll probably buy another one or two as more gifts.

Anonymous

Excellent, but not as good as Gypsy in my Soul
For those already familiar with Connie Evingson, this disc is in the vein of Gypsy in my Soul, but doesn't pack the same energy as it. I enjoy listening to Stockholm Sweetnin' and have quite a bit since my purchase, but I'm sure it will slowly get out of the rotation where Gypsy will stay probably forever. Note that the quality is unsurpassed, so maybe it's just me.

Dr. Mark A. Goral

Best Guitar and Bass Recording In A Long Time!!!
Fabulous CD! Connie's vocals were stalwart. This jazz combo team, along with all the extras, made for some very very interesting listening. The most outstanding musician on this recording, without question, was the stand-up bass player, Hampus Lundgren. Many a bass player could benefit from deep, subtle, and repeated listenings to his immaculate work. This is an innovative work that needs further attention by critics and jazz enthusiasts alike. Sweden swings on this on!

James Cadle

Pure pleasure
It's clear that Connie Evingson and The Hot Club of Sweden had a blast making this album. This is the best Gypsy Jazz vocal album since Connie's Gypsy in my Soul.