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Anka Koziel | Slightly Odd

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Slightly Odd

by Anka Koziel

Groovy jazz with world music influences and amazing vocals, full of surprising twists and turns.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. 13 Reasons
3:55 $0.99
2. Mournful River
5:53 $0.99
3. Slightly Odd
5:43 $0.99
4. Reverie
4:42 $0.99
5. Waltz 4
4:59 $0.99
6. Round Midnight
5:54 $0.99
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Album Notes
Slightly Odd is a game played with words and rhythm. All the songs have double meaning and music surprises with twists and turns. It's inspired by vocal techniques and grooves from all over the world, with lots of space for jazz improvisation.

"What could be 'slightly odd' about the music of Anka Koziel, I asked myself. Maybe the fact that she is not following trodden paths, but makes music that's very much her own, even when she treats a so-called 'standard'. I remember the romantic feeling that stayed with me after listening to her album 'Tales of the Forest'. I remember hearing her in concert with The Hague Ethospheric Orchestra (THEO): a singer being part of the orchestra, vocal lines that belonged to the complicated overall harmonies. Two elements that are not your everyday thing.
This album confirms those feelings: there is that warm romantic element, there is nature as a constant joy and inspiration and there are those beautiful wordless lines ('Mournful River'). There is comforting warmth in all her different approaches and moods. The lovely 'Reverie', half of it in her mother's tongue, Polish; the feeling of embracing life in the fast 'Waltz 4', and the pure fun of the odd meter and rhythm combination in the title piece. With a comedy-like mixture of scatting and throaty lines, and even the sound of the cat. And how daring to close with nearly unaccompanied 'Round Midnight', except for some vague and soft percussion plus some piano notes at the end. That's not odd, that's real beauty."
Bert Jansma, Dutch Jazz Journalist



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