CD "Portrait of a Lady"
Radio HR2 Jazz Now“ CD-critics - Günter Hottmann
"What a cute thing grows here in Hessen."
Bob Degen, Pianist
"Very well done!"
I´m a Fool to want you live
Interview with the singer Marijke Jährling
(eight takes, english voice-over)
Starkenburger Echo, Sigrid Jahn
you won`t forget: "Lover Man", "Lady Sings the Blues",
"All of me" - NOLA spreads them
as shimmering pearls to the the
audience. Marijke Jährling interprets the famous and also lesser known
songs (...) sometimes in a supercool
way, then defiant, or passionately, such
as Billie Holiday's worldwide success in 1939 "Strange Fruit"
(...) and thereby again she will prove
her respectable vocal range"
Radio HR2 , Martin
a mature performance..."
Rhein-Main-Spitze, Sergio Presta
Jährling not only gives her voice but
also her soul to great classics like
"That Ole Devil Called Love" or "Them There Eyes" She
effortlessly made both come alive, melancholic ballads and upbeat numbers, due to her great voice and her skills as an
Jazzpages, Klaus Mümpfer
Marijke Jährling (...) has a unique way of
singing. She sings with emotion and empathy, at times fragile, then lascivious,
sometimes with vibrato and then just in a chillingly way. She sings in dialogue with Steffen Müller-Kaiser on the
saxophone, or accompanied by Rudolf Stenzinger on the bass, performing as a duo
as in Gershwin's "Embraceable You". She distinctively sings those
songs that the jazz singing pioneer, Billie Holiday, brought out of often maudlin musical melodies , raising them
to the peerage of the Jazz Standards.
Stenzinger and pianist Lukas Moriz are perceptive companions to the singer.
They underline the songs with sparse chordal interjections or bulky runs on the
piano, with mostly straight plucked
bass, but even so with figured bass and
cantabile lines from the tenor saxophone
or percussive playing from the bass clarinet, as in the lyrical “Gloomy
Sunday” by Reszö Seress. Müller-Kaiser
introduces "Stormy Weather" with a powerful tone from his saxophone and explodes into an overblown
staccato with flapping noises, attacking high notes before Marijke Jährling's
voice comes in.
well done", that was the comment of jazz pianist Bob Degen on the debut
album of Nola. In fact, the four artists from the Frankfurt Rhine-Main Region
broke down the Big Band arrangements
into the intimate setting of this quartet. Their musical approach to the
unforgettable "Lady Day" and to Billie Holiday's interpretations of the 40's Hits, has succeeded greatly.
Marijke Jährling accomplishes the goal
of her idol's intention by versatile voicing and personal phrasing, while the
other band members sensitively create the sounds and the atmosphere of the
- - That old Devil called Love
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- alle the titels you find on this page (see also below) and ...
- Them There Eyes
- Willow Weep
- These foolish Things
- Blue Moon
- The Man I love
- P.S. I love you
- I`m gonna lock my Heart
- Embraceable you
... to be continued
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