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Sentimental Lady by Agneta Baumann

A smooth delivery as well as her own unique way of phrasing make Agneta Baumann one of the most respected Jazz singers in Sweden. Her trio on this outing is unique in that it is not your typical piano bass and drums setup but rather trumpet bass and piano. This arrangement lends itself beautifully to Baumann’s style of singing.

Born To Be Blue sets the mood for what is to follow. Written by Robert Wells and the great Mel Torme, this piece demands vocal control as well as an emotional attachment to the melody for it to succeed. Baumann delivers in spades. An opportunity to listen to one of the finest trumpet players on the Swedish jazz scene, Broberg’s ability is on display for all to enjoy.

Taking the melody in stride, Baumann’s sense of timing and relaxed approach connect with the listener in a way that is soothing, and direct. I Didn’t Know About You is one of those ballads that stands out as an exercise in restraint for whoever is interpreting it. Broberg’s sympathetic solo flows like a slow running river before Baumann’s return to the vocal.

Another example of Baumann’s expertise in ballad singing is Kurt Weill’s My Ship. A slow moving version with nice interplay from Broberg. The mood is created and builds as Broberg’s solo progresses. Gosta Rundqvist offers some delicate yet effective piano playing that contributes to the spirit of this classic.

Rundqvist’s empathetic piano leads off Young and Foolish, another torch like song that has been covered by many vocalists over the years. Baumann stretches out on this one milking every note as if it were her last. Danielsson’s sparse bass playing is effective in that it lays the foundation for this fragile yet meaningful love song. His talent has been recognized for many years and on this number we hear why.

Making ballads her main vehicle for vocal expression, Baumann offers listeners a recording suited for late night listening, relaxing and romantic evenings. Her phrasing is second to none. Baumann’s sense of enjoyment shines through on every number. This is one recording not to miss. Highly recommended.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Agneta Baumann
  • CD Title: Sentimental Lady
  • Genre: Jazz Vocals
  • Year Released: 2002
  • Record Label: Touche Music
  • Tracks: Born To Be Blue, Close Enough For Love, I Didn’t Know About You/ Sentimental Lady, I’m Glad There Is You, If You Could See Me Now, What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life, My Ship, Only Trust Your Heart, Young And Foolish, Where Do You Start
  • Musicians: Bosse Broberg (Trumpet), Gosta Rundqvist (Piano), Palle Danielsson (Bass), Agneta Baumann (Vocals)
  • Rating: Five Stars
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