In the Silence of the Snowfall
American Jazz vocalist Stephanie K. serves up a cocktail of winter evergreens and traditional holiday classics, this time remaining on the east side of the pond. Long time colleague Jürgen Knautz custom penned arrangements for string quartet, jazz ensemble, and voice. Included in this mix are also a work by contemporary composer Patricia Barber and the title track, written by Stephanie K.
From warm and cheerful Bossa vibes to melancholy Blues, and contemplative Jazz Ballads, this recording offers something for every winter mood. Violinist Christine Rudolf and cellist Tobias Köhler interweave a classic feeling throughout songs that are complemented by the accompaniment and solos of Peter Kräubig (piano), Christian Kappe (trumpet), Klaus Dapper (sax), and Matthias Fleige (guitar). Bassist Jürgen Knautz and drummer Jan Freund keep the whole project honest in the tradition of jazz. This tapestry of sound allows Stephanie K. complete freedom to reveal her multi-facetted vocal and phrasing abilities. She is at times soft and inviting, then sassy and enticing, and other times fragile and innocent. A special highlight is the playful duet with vocal virtuoso Richie Alexander.
Pour yourself a glass of red wine or egg nog, have a seat in front of the fire, and enjoy!