Melanie Bong
Gypsy Dream


J4E 4770
Melanie Bong (voc), Fritz Pauer (p, fender rhodes, arr), Johannes Enders (saxo-
phones), Christian Diener (b), Rick Hollander (dr), Nini Mureskic (perc on "Hi Fly")

Recorded 2002 at Organic Music Studios, Obing, Germany. Mixed and mastered at Studio Zenko by
Danilo Zenko, Maribor, Slovenia

 

".... Ellis Regina had it; Carmen McRae had it; and now Melanie Bong has it."

(William Grim in "All About Jazz, USA)


Melanie Bong studied with some of the most famous jazz singers and musicians of the
world. Today she works with international jazz-stars on world-wide tours. Mark Murphy wrote about her: "Melanie Bong´s songs are as tuneful and original as her name. Musical beauty flows in and out this lovely persona." Critics and specialist
journals followed this statement, when her first CD "Fantásia" was released in 2002
by jazz4ever-records.

With her new CD "Gypsy Dream" Melanie Bong returns to her musical and personal
roots: musically to the acoustic jazz and personally to her Sinti descent. As a mediator
between two worlds - the Sinti and the non-Sinti European - she sings and writes about feelings, conflicts and problems of these people. Powerfully, sensitively and
sometimes melancholically the music ranges from the traditional gipsy song "O Postaris", revised or newly arranged jazz standards like "Hi Fly", "The Very Thought
Of You" and "A Time For Love" to varied compositions of her own. They show a new
facette of Bong´s work as composer and song writer. Pieces like "Here You Are",
"Shades Of Love" or "Brazil" are a survey of different phases of her life; "Gypsy dream" shows social criticism.

Another highlight of the CD is the piano play of Fritz Pauer. He casts a spell on the
listener with his magic piano play and added to the record some arrangements. The
other musicians need not fear comparison: Johannes Enders, Christian Diener and
Rick Hollander are all top-class players.

The liner notes of the CD wrote one of the main representitives of the old German
jazz scene, the singer Willi Johanns.

".... She´s Got It!", so listen to this album and enjoy - for here,
I believe, is one of the finest vocalists in Europe today …"

(Willi Johanns, Munich).