Sat, January 5, 2013
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Miriam Klein Trio at The Bird's Eye Jazz Club
With her current trio - with pianist Christian Gutfleisch and bassist Thomas Lähns - Miriam Klein presents the music of her reissued album „By Myself“ (ENJ-9590). In addition, the trio plays songs, which were composed for Miriam Klein by musicians like Roland Hanna, Red Mitchell, and Ray Ellis.
Swiss vocalist Miriam Klein came into public eye when she performed in Paris in the 50s with Dexter Gordon, Pierre Michelot, Don Byas, and Art Simmons.
In 1973 she made her first impact on the vocal scene with the album “Lady Like” dedicated to her idol Billie Holiday on which she was accompanied by Roy Eldrige, Dexter Gordon, and Slide Hampton. She did not intend “to copy Billie Holiday but simply to sing in her style” she explained.
In 1978 her album „By Myself“ was produced by concert management tycoon Horst Lippmann. Lippmann: “ This is the NEW Miriam Klein confident of her own way of singing. A Miriam Klein “By Herself” – hence the album title.”
Jazz critic Markus Woelfle: “It is her best recording and if she were an American lady and not a Swiss, this album would be the pride of each vocal collection. The emotional power of her voice and the rich shadings of her interpretations are highlighted by the perfect accompaniment of her inspired sidemen Roland Hanna and George Mraz. It is rare that a pianist offers such perfection and musical additions to a singer - the solos are brilliant and of perfect architecture without overpowering the vocalist.
Miriam Klein’s celebrated her last triumph so far with the CD „My Marilyn“ (ENJ-9422) and Enja Records now presents „By Myself“ for the first time on CD (ENJ-9590).
The Bird's Eye Jazz Club, Im Lohnhof 8