Beyond being a vocalist of rare purity and daring, Theo Bleckmann is a sound painter who creates what JazzTimes has described aptly as "luminous webs" in music. The German-born New Yorker – after appearing on two ECM albums by Meredith Monk and on another by pianist Julia Hülsmann of Kurt Weill songs – makes his striking label debut as a leader with Elegy. This album showcases Bleckmann as a composer as much as a singer, with several instrumental pieces voiced by what he calls his "ambient" band of kindred-spirit guitarist Ben Monder, keyboardist Shai Maestro and the subtle rhythm team of Chris Tordini and John Hollenbeck. Highlights include Bleckmann's sublime rendition of Stephen Sondheim's "Comedy Tonight" ("tragedy tomorrow… comedy tonight"), as well as the mellifluous vocalise of "Little Elegy" and achingly poetic song "To Be Shown to Monks at a Certain Temple."
22 NEW 79 TOTAL
SYND: PRI/Jazz After Hours, CBC
Markets include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, St. Louis, New Orleans, Baltimore, Minneapolis, Denver, Austin, Berkeley CA, Hartford CT, Knoxville, Honolulu, Toronto, Vancouver
INTER: Canada, Germany, Mexico, UK, France
Online: all about jazz, wsj, Mozart and me, Straightnochaser, KUHS, SoulandJazz, JazzTrail, allmusic, Jazz from Gallery 41, Radio Valencia, theguardian, OBSERVER, stereotag, writteninmusic.com, mdr, Europe Jazz Network, Radio France, Radio Univeridad
13 JazzWeek ADD's
All Press Secured by Tina Pelikan- ECM