CD Close to You [Katrine Madsen] (CD 844137),
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Close to You [Katrine Madsen]


  • 1. Look of Love, The
    2. Just Close Your Eyes
    3. And I Love Her
    4. Close to You
    5. Save Your Love for Me
    6. In a Sentimental Mood
    7. Angel Eyes
    8. Very Thought of You, The
    9. Be Still My Heart
    10. Once Upon a Summertime
    11. Go Now
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 4132

  • Credits
    ProducerJesper Bodilsen
    EngineerPelle Fridell; Hans Nielsen; Bjarne Hansen

    Personnel: Katrine Madsen (vocals); Katrine Madsen; Hans Ulrik (flute, alto flute, harmonica, saxophone, tenor saxophone); Marten Lundgren, Marten Lundgren (trumpet); Jesper Bodilsen (bass instrument, double bass); Stefano Bollani (piano); Morten Lund (drums, percussion).
    Audio Mixer: Larry Nilsson.
    Recording information: 12/14/2003-04/??/2004.
    Photographer: Robin Skjoldborg.
    Arranger: Jesper Riis.
    Just reading the track list will likely make the more cynical jazz fan cringe and moan inwardly. Aside from a trio of originals, the set list of Close to You consists of overly familiar ballad standards ranging from Duke Ellington's "In a Sentimental Mood" to the Beatles' "And I Love Her" and Burt Bacharach's legendarily sappy title track. Never fear, however: this is not an album of boring supper-club faux jazz. Fond though Katrine Madsen is of sentimental ballads like "The Very Thought of You," she's fearless about messing with the familiar and well-loved melodies: her rhythmically varied take on "The Look of Love" won't lead anyone to compare her to Patty Waters, but she'd likely get heckled by some drunk in the audience at the Cocoanut Grove, probably with that old standby "Hey, if you get near a tune, sing it!" Madsen's backing, a simple piano trio, stays unobtrusively in the background throughout, providing elegant but somewhat anonymous backing while leaving the focus entirely on her rich and appealing voice. ~ Stewart Mason

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