Rolf Kempf/ Woody Sparks | Frittata

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by Rolf Kempf/ Woody Sparks

If you put the past, the present, and the future all in the same room, anything can happen.
Genre: Jazz: Crossover Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. To My Beloved
Woody Sparks
3:38 $0.99
2. Lazy Solea
Woody Sparks
3:14 $0.99
3. Alone With the Wind
Woody Sparks
3:37 $0.99
4. I Talk Crazy
Woody Sparks
3:47 $0.99
5. The Truth Is Blue
Woody Sparks
5:26 $0.99
6. Midnight Butterfly
Woody Sparks
3:04 $0.99
7. Barmaid's Arms
Woody Sparks
4:42 $0.99
8. Jambalaya
Woody Sparks
3:18 $0.99
9. Dusk
Woody Sparks
5:13 $0.99
10. Sweet 'Nuff
Woody Sparks
4:22 $0.99
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Bob Dylan said, what if you put the past, the present, and the future all in the same room. Anything could happen. Add that to the definition of Frittata as an Italian dish, usually served for breakfast, containing all the leftovers from last night/s dinner and more, and you might get an idea of the scope of the music. Rolf Kempf is the writer, producer and major player here. The music is quite a development from the music he is most know for, namely the Alice Cooper tune, Hello, Hurray. Blaine Dunaway supplies the violin and trumpet lines in an exemplary and evocative way. His background is in big band jazz, as well as a stint with Harry Manx' folk/blues/world music ensemble.
Put together Ray Charles, Weather Report, John Prine, The Cure, Mediterranean Dance Music, Sufi lyrics and Smooth Blues tracks and you will have to listen for yourself, because it all sounds too hard to pigeon-hole, yet here it is-the past, the present, and the future all in the same room.



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If you Enjoy Ray Charles, You'll Enjoy this CD
“Frittata” by Rolf Kempf/ Woody Sparks is a very soothing concoction of jazz/standards-style tunes. The song structures and instrumental arrangements on these songs have a nice jazz structure to them, with an adult pop aspect as well, giving them a nice blend that is tough to characterize, but reminds us of Sting meets Ray Charles. The raspy male vocals are effective for this laid-back Jazz style. “Lazy Solea” demonstrates a stunning violin section. “Alone With the Wind” crosses into the field of pop, and introduces some very laid back vocals that add to its emotional appeal. Moreover, the piano-led ballad “Midnight Butterfly” stands out because of its soaring and powerful vocal arrangement and performance, as well as its beautifully written poetic lyrics. Overall, this CD flaunts excellent production, appealing musicianship, and unforgettable songwriting. If you enjoy jazzy pop artists with a raspy male vocal style, such as Ray Charles, you will enjoy this CD.