The Good Life Till Brönner
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- 1The Good Life04:57
- 2Sweet Lorraine04:01
- 3For All We Know05:19
- 4Come Dance with Me04:39
- 5Change Partners04:57
- 6Love is Here to Stay05:48
- 7I Loves You Porgy04:57
- 8I May be Wrong03:47
- 9O Que Resta04:44
- 10I'm Confessin' that I Love You03:55
- 11I'll be Seeing You05:07
- 12Her Smile04:09
- 13In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning03:20
Info for The Good Life
Sony Music Masterworks releases The Good Life – the debut album from renowned German jazz trumpeter, Till Brönner. Featuring bassist John Clayton, guitarist Anthony Wilson and pianist Larry Goldings. Recorded at the former Ocean Way Studios in LA, the very same place that Sinatra recorded “My Way,” The Good Life revisits a selection of standards, all of which have made history through their vocal interpretations. Brönner’s aim throughout was to create a specific atmosphere-a sunnier, more lighthearted groove; easygoing but thoughtful, gentle but never superficial. The album includes new arrangements of works made famous by Frank Sinatra (‘In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning’), Billie Holiday (‘I’ll Be Seeing You’), and Nat King Cole (“Sweet Lorraine”). Brönner has produced many of his own albums, but on this occasion he made the conscious decision to hand over the reins to legendary Dutch producer, Ruud Jacobs. As Brönner likes to put it, “constantly looking at your own reflection can get a bit wearing after a while.”
Since recording his first album in 1994, Generations of Jazz, Brönner has steered his career through a series of different phases, including making a name for himself as a producer through his work with artists such as Hildegard Knef and Thomas Quasthoff, as well as, very significantly, discovering his own singing voice. Up until now Brönner has been seen as a trumpeter who occasionally sang and now he will demonstrate his new found talent across an entire album of popular jazz hits – including two originals.
Till Brönner can rightly be regarded as Germany’s most successful jazz musician, but his fame has spread far beyond the National and even the European scene. This year he was invited to participate at International Jazz Day at the White House, playing alongside such legends as Ray Brown, Dave Brubeck and James Moody. Brönner has always walked his own path, evoking thought and finding ways in which to challenge the greater jazz community as a whole. He continues to push those preconceived notions of what a jazz musician should be, showcasing his clear vision and determination throughout his longstanding career.
Till Brönner, trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals
Larry Goldings, piano
Anthony Wilson, guitar
John Clayton, bass
Jeff Hamilton, drums
Till Brönner - Trumpet
“Calling Till Brönner the new aspiring German trumpet talent is obsolete, since he has sold more records than any other German jazz musician. He plays big time now and is well known in the New York jazz circuit, which itself is top of the crop.” ME SOUNDS/Rolling Stone
Born in 1971 in Viersen, Germany and raised in Rome, Italy, Till experienced his outset with the help of Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker: “Hearing Bebop for the first time, Charlie Parker; that set the whole thing off for me. I was 13 years old and it was an almost erotic sensation. I thought that it was indecent. The music was like a woman having a go at me.” Till stems from a family of musicians; after a well-protected childhood, he enjoyed a classical education followed by a study of the jazz trumpet at Cologne’s Music Academy. After only three semesters he convinced the leader of Berlin’s “RIAS-Tanzorchester” at an audition, taking his first hurdle at the age of 20.
Only two years later, he raised more than one eyebrow with “Generations of Jazz”, being both a classic mainstream recording and his debut as a bandleader. By the time he released “German Songs”, his third album of old German film songs, arranged for jazz quartet and classical orchestra, he was the talk of the trade.
- in 2008 he is nominated for a Grammy Award in the category “Best Classical Crossover Album” for “The Jazz Album”, an album he produced with classical bass-baritone singer Thomas Quasthoff
- for “The Christmas Album” he wins the 2008 Echo Award in the jazz category
- as a celebration of “50 years of bossa nova” he releases on September 19, 2008 his new album “Rio” recorded with stellar guests (such as Annie Lennox, Milton Nascimento, and Aimee Mann)
- in 2009 he is nominated for a Grammy Award in the category “Best Jazz Instrumental Solo” for his solo on the album “The Standard” made by the legendary vocal ensemble Take 6
- for his album “Rio” he wins the 2009 Echo Award in the jazz category (it is his third consecutive win in this category)