IT WAS A DIFFERENT WORLD BACK THEN.
THERE WAS A TIME
BEFORE YOU COULD AMPLIFY SOUND WITH ELECTRICITY,
BEFORE YOU COULD ACCUMULATE SOUND IN PLASTIC
AND BRING IT FROM ONE CORNER OF TELLUS TO ANOTHER.
THIS IS THE REMIX. KEEPING IT SIMPLE AND RAW.
THREE VOICES STUBBORNLY CREATING THE CORE OF ALL MUSIC; RHYTHM!
CANDLES STILL FLICKER, THE FREQUENCIES OF YESTERDAY STILL RESONATE.
THIS IS ACOUSTIC RETRO-FUTURISM.
LUCIA CADOTSCH voice
OTIS SANDSJÖ tenor saxophone
PETTER ELDH doublebass
With a sharp-eared love of the past but a sensibility resolutely of the present, new-era jazz singer Lucia Cadotsch’s trio “Speak Low” – featuring tenor saxophonist Otis Sandsjö and double-bassist Petter Eldh – reanimates songs long seemingly set in amber. Hailing from their adopted home of Berlin, Germany – the 21st-century culture capital of Europe – these three musicians come at the Great American Songbook from a European angle, their “retro-futurist” sound as informed by remix culture and free jazz as by their appreciation for classic vocal records. Reviewing the group’s eponymous debut album of 2016, Speak Low (Yellow Bird/Enja), The Guardian declared: “Remember the name Lucia Cadotsch – you’re going to be hearing a lot of it,” adding: “Cadotsch is a young, Zurich-born vocalist who possesses a classical clarity, a folk singer’s simplicity and an appetite for performing very famous songs (‘Moon River,’ ‘Don’t Explain,’ ‘Strange Fruit’) in the company of two edgy free-jazz instrumentalists, who flank her sedate progress with split-note sax sounds and spiky basslines with percussive strumming. In this compelling trio’s hands, the process is remarkably melodious and illuminating… It’s all eerily beautiful.” Along with glowing reviews, Lucia won the 2017 Echo Jazz Prize – the German equivalent of a Grammy Award – for Best Vocalist of the Year for Speak Low. While Cadotsch challenges all common vocal Jazz tradtions, Sandsjö’s sax at times sounds like vintage synths and Eldh’s bass brings to mind the kicks and claps of an 808. She and her Swedish friends Otis and Petter bring the bittersweet repertoire of Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Abbey Lincoln and Dinah Washington vividly alive for a new generation of listeners, as well as for veteran music lovers in search of fresh treatments of these timeless songs.
27.04.2017 Speak Low Renditions (enja/yellowbird records)
26.02.2016 Lucia Cadotsch Speak Low (enja/yellowbird records)
“I haven’t heard anything this impressive in a while.”
Volker Doberstein, JAZZPODIUM, 3/16
„The group is one of the most in-demand in Europe at present. With good reason.“ Oliver Weindling, The Vortex, London
„So ingenious is the way vocalist Lucia Cadotsch reimagines the canon of standards that the songs feel fully in the here and now. (…) Such is the spell that Cadotsch, Sandsjö and Eldh cast on these albums that it can make one feel that this is the only way age-old standards should be approached: not slavishly but fearlessly, with an unfettered imagination approaching that of the songs’ originators.“
DOWNBEAT (US) 5 stars – Bradley Bamberger
„Edgy, compelling refits of famous songs –
Remember the name Lucia Cadotsch – you’re going to be hearing a lot of it. Cadotsch is a young, Zurich-born vocalist who possesses a classical clarity, a folk singer’s simplicity, and an appetite for performing very famous songs (Moon River, Don’t Explain, Strange Fruit) in the company of two edgy free-jazz instrumentalists, who flank her sedate progress with split-note sax sounds and spiky basslines and percussive strumming. That might sound like a merciless deconstruction of fine songs, but in this compelling trio’s hands the process is remarkably melodious and illuminating. It’s all eerily beautiful.“
„Swiss vocalist Lucia Cadotsch serves subtle sentiment at The Vortex. The band led by the young Swiss vocalist Lucia Cadotsch, featuring double-bassist Petter Eldh and tenor saxophonist Otis Sandsjo, gives an object lesson in focus and forensic detail in its arrangements, playing on the delicious paradox that the art of improvisation, so generative of freedom, can actually be at its most liberating when it is placed under careful, constructive constraints.“
„Many singers deliver standards songs as they are conventionally sung. A few, such the late Betty Carter take risks and reap a greater reward. Lucia Cadotsch is one of those, but it is impossible to imagine her interpretations of “Speak Low”. “Don’t Explain” or “Moon River” without the contributions of her two Swedish collaborators, the saxophonist Otis Sandsjö and the bassist Petter Eldh.“
Richard Williams, Jazzfest Berlin