|Enjoy yourself |
Featuring Norbert Susemihl &
Studio Recording December 11, 1999
1. Peggy ONeal * 5:22
Norbert Susemihl (tp/voc*) Kjeld Brandt (cl) Kristian Barfoed (tb) Mike Lunn (piano) Erling Lindhardt (bjo) Karl Åke Kronqvist (b) Claus Lindhardt (dm)
Total playing time: 76:11
Recorded at Johs Wrisbergs home December 11, 1999
Working with music in different ways for many years Ive been privileged to listen to all kinds of jazz - actually all kinds of music.
In my early youth my first encounter - and first pleasure - with jazz was the European so-called revival jazz, that was based on the original New Orleans jazz. And I was curious and from records I discovered the real thing, the sound, the energy and the spirit of the old music.
I even played the traditional jazz for some years, but beside this activity my ears stayed curious - and they still are (good for a music critic) - and they were soon open for newer things and artists like Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Cecil Taylor.
But I have never skipped my passion for music forms, that I have loved once, and for me its still a pleasure to listen to the old jazz styles.
In this case we are talking about a music style that in the 50s survived through New Orleans musicians like clarinettist George Lewis and trombonist Jim Robinson during their tours and recordings. Their sound and their spirits is kept alive today by - among others - a Danish group of experienced musicians called New Orleans Delight.
All kinds of music can be boring and meaningless if its a copy of a copy. Maybe someone should call New Orleans Delight a copy of a copy. I never felt that way. Well, heres no revolution. But no doubt. The true passion and the right energy is there. The music is present. You cant reject it.
There are no barriers of understanding to the British pianist Mike Lunn, who works very well in the old collective New Orleans form, or to the German trumpetplayer Norbert
Susemihl, who has a leading role at this session. He has been living for longer periods in New Orleans in the years 1978-1990 and he has been working with quite a lot of the last legends. To me it seems that his playing contains just about the whole New Orleans tradition - from Bunk Johnson to Wynton Marsalis.
In my job as a critic Ive heard him through the years and I have always been fascinated by his fine way of entertaining, his uncomplicated way of singing and - most of all - his brilliant musicianship.
For unknown reasons - things like these happen - my concert reviews of Norbert Susemihl were never printed, until I made a review of the trumpetplayer together with New Orleans Delight.
This was a positive review, because it was a nice combination and nice music.
And it is, the recording confirms. The music has a contagious good mood and - whats so special - the melodies are not of the kind, you have heard over and over and over again.
Actually - to me most of the stuff is completly unknown.
But really - its music worth knowing. Everything seems fresh and timeless.
Bandleader and clarinettist Kjeld Brandt, who plays with a fine and delicate-vibrating tone in the real George Lewis tradition, and Norbert Susemihl are responsible for the choice of repertory. Indeed a delicate mix of songs.
The cheerful opener »Peggy ONeal« and the nice farewell-song »Lights Out« are both numbers, that Norbert Susemihl picked up in New Orleans when he was playing with banjoplayer »Father« Al Lewis band. And he learned the spicy »Last Night On The Backporch« and the beautiful waltz »Sometime« from two legendary trumpetplayers, Kid Sheik and Percy Humphrey respectively.
Their sound goes on through the trumpet of Norbert Susemihl, who changes to the cornet on the well-known Stephen Foster song »Swanee River« and to the flugelhorn on »On Higher Ground«, one of many fine gospel songs that have been a part of the New Orleans music tradition.
Other parts are rhythm & blues, popular songs, marches and all kinds of caribbean music. Heres a couple of charming and life-confirming calypso
songs »Miss Bombilla Brown« and »Enjoy Yourself«, the latter a wellchosen album title.
Sure - Enjoy Yourself.
Anmeldelse i Just Jazz
Sally-Ann Worsfold anmelder i september-nummeret af det kendte engelske månedsmagasin Just Jazz New Orleans Delights seneste CD:
- Sally-Ann Worsfold
0versat af Jens Haagentoft.
"Good Old New Orleans Jazz. What a very nice CD. I shall get some of these for the next Trust Newsletter!"
"Marvellous. I listen to it several times: I like the music very much"
"Excellent! Probably the best to date. Enidence of Billie + De De, Father Al, Manny Sales and George, also a great selection of tunes. As good as could be heard anywhere! A beautiful New Orleans feel to it all.
Annoncetekst i JazzKlubben's salgsbrochure:
New Orleans Delight dyrker som navnet viser den ægte New Orleans Jazz, og vel og mærke ikke de gængse og mest fortærskede melodier, men mere med hovedvægten på det mindre kendte repertoire. New Orleans Delight har kun eksisteret i ca. to år, men det er gået stærkt - masser af jobs - og allerede fire cd'er på markedet. Gennembruddet var åbningskoncerten i 1998 ved "Swingin' Copenhagen" i Odd Fellow Palæet (findes på cd). Senere kom en live-optagelse fra Vognporten i 1999, og nummer tre var "Church Concerts" med udelukkende spirituals. Den nye er en studieoptagelse fra december 1999, og derudover består variationen bl.a. i de to gæstesolister, den tyske trompetist Norbert Susemihl og den engelske pianist Mike Lunn - to garvede musikere, som sætter ekstra 'skub' i musikken.
For New Orleans-elskere er der (i hvert fald) hele tre nye plader som er værd at tage i nærmere øre-syn. New Orleans Delight udsender deres anden cd i år. "Enjoy Yourself" (Music Mecca) har besøgt af den engelske pianist Mike Lunn, og den tyske trompetist og sanger Norbert Susemihl. Sidstnævnte har helt i orkesterets ånd, fra sine år i New Orleans medbragt en håndfuld numre, som kun ubønhørlige tilfældigheder har foresaget at vi ikke har lært at kende for længst. ... (fortsættes)