".... 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
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).