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Fragile

by Fragile

Fascinating acoustic pop-jazz arrangements of mostly well-known tunes recorded with a minimalistic approach using only a wonderful voice, piano and double bass.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Light My Fire
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2. Certainly
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3:37 album only
3. Sweet Dreams
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3:38 album only
4. Tri4|6
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3:48 album only
5. If You Love Somebody
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3:30 album only
6. Fragile
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3:31 album only
7. Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Way
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8. Lady Marmelade
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9. Roxanne
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10. Que Sera
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11. Crazy
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12. Abgesang-my Funny Valentine
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Petra Woisetschlaeger and Udo Betz chose a minimalstic approach for their stunning project fragile. All it takes to catch the magic of great songs is her wonderful voice, her performance on the piano, him playing the double bass and their brilliant arrangements. Their first album "fragile" is being celebrated by the German and international press. The magazine "Audio" made the album its "Audiophile Pop-CD Of The Month" (May of 2004), other publications are just as fascinated.
The international magazine "double bassist" in his summer issue 2004:
"...the duo succeed in making each song their own..."
"... this is a convincing and enjoyable disc....."
The duet definitely picked great hits released in the past three decades. Among them are "Light My Fire" by The Doors, "Crazy" by Seal, "Certainly" by Erykah Badu and several tunes by Sting.
In the "Audio" magazine it says, "Only the essence and the soul of the songs remain. (...) Petra Woisetschlaeger has a powerful voice the dynamics of which unfold in their entirety." Also the instrumental performances by the Duet members are being praised. One of the largest newspapers in Germany, the "Frankfurter Rundschau", even compared vocalist and pianist Petra to her Canadian colleague Diana Krall.
In an other paper you can read:
".. the voice of Petra Woisetschläger is like a drug"

Both are very well trained musicians. Petra Woisetschläger is a classical trained pianist, whereas
Udo Betz studied jazz with some of Europe's finest bass players such as Vitold Rek and Thomas Heidepriem.


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grahamophone

It takes a lot of balls and creativity to cover the world's greatest hits, and t
As I was saying... it takes a lot of creativity (and balls) to cover songs which are already perfect. I don't know who provides which of those elements in this duo, but they pull it off refreshingly. They credit Holly Cole for their version of Que Sera Sera, but to tell you the truth, I like this one better -- it's hands down the best version I've heard to date. Light My Fire is also a lot of fun

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issue summer'04: ( short version)
.....It's great to hear such well-known tunes stripped down to their essence this way,simply rendered by acoustic instruments and free from over-production.
Listening to this recording is much like listening to a set in a Club......
Album Highlights include three songs by sting, including fragile and roxanne, both of which include lyrical solos from Betz..... the duo succeed in making each song their own...
The only track on the album without vocals is the Woisetschläger/Betz original, Tri 4/6, an attractive track both for it's compositional merit and for Woisetschläger's fine piano technique.
....Nonetheless, this is a convincing and enjoyable disc.....