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Under a Cloud

by Yvonne Smeets

Yvonne Smeets’ music is always pure, warm en never obvious. The remarkable debut of a singer who makes choices both attractive and daring and already deserves her very own place in jazz.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Under a Cloud
4:55 $0.99
2. Camouflage
3:34 $0.99
3. Child of Tomorrow (Nicolette)
4:24 $0.99
4. Looking Up
5:37 $0.99
5. Iris
4:00 $0.99
6. On the Line
4:22 $0.99
7. Of Smiles Remembered (Kind Folk)
4:33 $0.99
8. Houdini
5:40 $0.99
9. Black Nile
4:13 $0.99
10. Black and White Portrayal
3:27 $0.99
11. Adam’s Apple
4:23 $0.99
12. Circle
3:47 $0.99
13. In the Warm Room
4:00 $0.99
14. Madeira De Sangue
4:10 $0.99
15. Retrato Em Branco E Preto
3:28 $0.99
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Album Notes
Jazz-singer, composer ánd lyricist. All these qualifications are true for versatile and multi-talented Yvonne Smeets in her debut CD ‘Under a cloud’. This rich scope of talents results in four compositions of her own in quite varied musical colours: from the grooving title song to the philosophical ‘Circle’. That she aims high is clear from her choice of six compositions by jazzmasters Dave Holland, Kenny Wheeler and Wayne Shorter – from the latter his ‘Black Nile’, ‘Adam’s apple’ and ‘Iris’- all sung with her own, striking lyrics. Moreover she presents two songs by Kate Bush and three Brazilian songs (a.o. Jobim).

Yvonne Smeets’ music is always pure, warm en never obvious. It can be the wit and finesse of the musical story she tells, the spirited improvisations she scats along, or the relaxed grooves. The singer is supported by the subtly swinging and open sounding trio of guitarist Jens Larsen, bassplayer Maciej Domaradzki and drummer Emanuel Donadelli. For three songs she chose as sole accompaniment the piano of Tilmar Junius. With a beautiful outcome that is both delicate and intriguing. The remarkable debut of a singer who makes choices both attractive and daring and already deserves her very own place in jazz.

Yvonne Smeets - Vocals
Jens Larsen - Guitar
Maciej Domaradzki - Double Bass
Emanuel Donadelli - Drums & Percussion

Special guest
Tilmar Junius - Piano (tracks 5, 10 & 15)

Produced by O.A.P. Records
Producer & Engineer: Barry Olthof
Graphic Design: Monomonnik
Photography: Wiep van Apeldoorn
Recordings made by Olthof Audio Productions at The Fieldwork Studio, Schoten, Belgium, February 2008.
Mixed and mastered at O.A.P. Studio, The Hague, The Netherlands, December 2008

Catalog Number: OAPR901



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Bruce Combs

Yvonne Smeets, UNDER A CLOUD
I cannot imagine anything that Yvonne Smeets does not do at the highest level. Certainly that is true of her studying, teaching, and performing jazz vocals. I have no doubt that only another musician who is highly accomplished in the history, theory, and performance of music can go far in understanding and appreciating how difficult and tricky are many of the feats that Yvonne glides gracefully through as if no challenge at all. But you needn't be trained in music at all -- I'm not! -- to sync with her vibes, to travel incredibly from one musical height to another, touching the deepest valley on the way. Yvonne's great rapport with the band – their mutual respect and unselfishness – is easy to fee on this CD even. So often they reach levels as smoothly harmonious as if they were all the same person extraordinarily playing one instrument! It is difficult to believe that UNDER A CLOUD is Yvonne’s first CD. I’m looking forward to a lot more of them. But this first one will smoothly satisfy my attention for a long time.

TEdi Robinson

THE music takes you to a place of solace and ease, the grooves, the music that wraps arounds the voice and keeps the air flowing through your mind like a summer breeze,,, don't sleep on this cd.. it's tight.... Son Of Pearl 8 String Bassist