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by reimer | setzer

Only voice and bassguitar-does this work? The singer Sabine Reimer, and the bass guitar player Markus Setzer, show on their fourth album 'Together', how wonderfully this combination works.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Time
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2. Hot Summer Day
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3. Lass Uns Fliegen
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4. Schattenmond
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5. Autumn´s Coming
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6. Fool´s Song
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7. Your Open Heart
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8. Abschied
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9. Lule Wule
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10. Lied Vom Wind
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11. Es Gibt Manchmal Zeiten
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12. Together
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13. Life Goes On
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14. Matador
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15. Ain´t No Shoes
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Only voice and bassguitar-does this work?

The singer Sabine Reimer, and the bass guitar player Markus Setzer, show on their fourth album 'Together', how wonderfully this combination works. Anyone who had the opportunity to see one of their concerts in their European tour, the highlight of which was their performance at the Jazz festival in Riga (Latvia), with Bill Bruford (YES, Peter Gabriel, King Crimson), could see that in the last 7 years the duo have developed a perfect unity.

The joy with which they perform is also reflected on "together". This is especially so on titles such as ,autumn's coming', and ,time', where wonderful freely improvised passages alternate with fascinating grooves. The two musicians practice their combined playing with great sensitivity and a tremendous dynamic. The knowledge they have of their art form and their viruoso solo playing is often spoken about in the press. As well, they always have a surprise for their listeners in their repetoire-loving variety in the music, they perform funk, folk, and pop ballads in an impressive and perfect style. The album is rounded off with the jazz-blues ,ain't no shoes'.

A wonderful new attribute on their cd are the songs in the German language like ,schattenmond' (Shadow Moon), or ,abschied' (Farewell). Here the music of reimer | setzer is still very transparent, but with these songs it gets its own beautiful intimacy.
That Sabine Reimer has an expressive and fascinating voice, she has already shown on the radio and television. With her singing she lets her listeners feel tingling in their spines, and tears in their eyes. On "together" she also shows her talent for writing poetic texts, of great depth. Markus Setzer celebrates his part in this duo with total freedom. He leaves the traditional role of a bassplayer and takes up the task as a whole band player with great ease. On this album he shows once again that he belongs with the top of the European bass scene.

There are two years between 'The Inner Light' and "together" but the waiting was well worth it; reimer | setzer have made a big step forward. On "together" you can hear fully developed compositions performed by a duo who have found the perfect symbiosis.



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Rino Breebaart

Interesting jazzy duo experiment
Reviewer’s confession: I brought this disc purely on the basis of its ad slogan: "Only voice and bass guitar - does this work?" The link came from a TalkBass forums byte, the CD came from CDBaby and the CD was in my hands within a week (bless you internet). The slogan appealed to me because I’m trying to work out something similar myself, something basic and folk-y using only basic bass for melody, rhythm and chordal movement, and a call and response vocal on top. Reimer|Setzer approach it more from a Eurojazz angle: Sabine Reimer is schooled in standard phrase and projection, bending up to a note, relying on timbre for expression (alas, I can’t think of a direct parallel). Markus Setzer plays 7 and 6 string bass instruments (yes, pretty exotic stuff) like a jazz guitarist does counterpoint and chords. Which bugs me a bit because when you’ve got six strings and above, you’re playing guitar, not bass per se. You might as well be playing jazz chords all the time: at least Setzer steps out occasionally with a slap routine to reinforce the bass angle. It reminded me of a time seeing a six-bassist doing jazz cuts (could be Soup Plus in Sydney); I was disappointed he only played chords. Sure it sounded deeper and warmer, but some of that minimal magic of the bass was lost. Bass is about simple lines and foundation. Which makes me think that cutting it back from the jazz-chords angle (and Setzer definitely plays in the vein of the modern virtuoso) and keeping it limited and grounded: most bass remember is just dum-de-dum-dum. If your bass tone and vocal interlocking is tight, related and rhythmically melodic (that is, implying rhythmic counterpoint), you should have enough foundation (my other thinking lies with the expressive supremity of the timbales: two drums and percussion, so much funky freedom). But back to Reimer|Setzer. The music is thoroughly proficient; the range and vocal/song choice a little limited (some covers might’ve anchored this better, a broader lyrical range and attack) and almost same-y in the end, which is regretable 'cos it’s a very interesting duo-experiment. I might’ve opted for a different range of bass tones, but then again I play a Warwick 4. But in the end it does work, it’s a tasteful exercise in jazz motions.