Friday, August 19, 2016

Till Brönner's "The Good Life" out next month

Sony Music Masterworks releases "The Good Life" - the first album on OKeh Records from renowned German jazz trumpeter, Till Brönner, who has a string of great albums released on the Verve label for the past two decades. 

Featuring bassist John Clayton, guitarist Anthony Wilson and pianist Larry Goldings, "The Good Life" will be released worldwide September 2, 2016 digitally, on CD and vinyl. It will also be available as a super deluxe boxset including special photobook with CD, download code and vinyl LP.
Recorded at the former Ocean Way Studios in LA, the very same place that Sinatra recorded “My Way,” in 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.

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.
Sony Music Masterworks comprises the Masterworks, Sony Classical, OKeh, Portrait, Masterworks Broadway and Flying Buddha imprints. 
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