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Flying Dreams

Artist: Brigitte Beraha

Date of Release: 29/09/2008

Catalogue no: 1599

Label: F-IRE

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Track Listing

No

 

Title

Duration

1

 

So Simple

2

 

Deja Vu, In A Dream

3

 

Moving On

4

 

One Moment

5

 

Camaleon

6

 

Sunlight on Your Face

7

 

May Chill

8

 

Danse Avec Moi

9

 

Shadows

10

 

Feeling High

11

 

Still There

 

 

 

 

Appearances by

Brigitte Beraha

The Brigitte Beraha Group is an imaginative vocal-led Modern Jazz Ensemble who sidestep obvious standards to tackle lyrical material. The music, mainly written by Brigitte Beraha but also by other band members, is very much influenced by Brigitte's multi-lingual background and by the likes of John Surman, John Taylor, Kenny Wheeler and Azymuth, Chick Corea, Milton Nascimento and Hermeto Pascoal. The ensemble, fronted by a vocalist singing songs with lyrics, also becomes an instrumental group when the voice is used as an instrument, allowing it to blend in with the trumpet and flugelhorn so as to create a unique soundscape.
5 trio tracks featuring Brigitte Beraha-voice, Ivo Neame-piano & Joe Auckland-trumpet/fluegelhorn, and 6 tracks featuring the trio + Phil Donkin-double bass & George Hart-drums

 

Reviews

 

27/02/2009 John Fordham, The Guardian

Brigitte Beraha is a young multilingual singer-songwriter (born in Italy, raised in Monaco, now living in east London) with alert jazz instincts and a lot of promise. Vocally, she has much of the pure-toned, wide-ranging, faintly inscrutable serenity of Norma Winstone, and a little of Flora Purim's cool athleticism, too. She is good enough to be able to surround herself with sharp partners. Her light and flexible vocal lines over excellent trumpeter and flugelhornist Joe Auckland's improvised counterpoint will remind many listeners of Winstone's lyrical dialogues with trumpeter Kenny Wheeler. A premier-league young London band, including pianist Ivo Neame and Gwilym Simcock's bassist, Phil Donkin, are given generous space to stretch out. Beraha often sounds as artlessly unconcerned as if you were overhearing her singing in the kitchen, and her own lyrics have something of an isn't-life-mysteriously-wonderful-but-also-sad flavour that makes the distance to the words of Joni Mitchell or Tom Waits feel pretty substantial. But she's a skilful writer of patiently curling, subtly resolved tunes such as the insistent, swerving, ostinato-driven So Simple, or the wordless Moving On.

 

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