The tour edition of German singer/songwriter Annett Louisan's third studio album, Das Optimale Leben, includes the original 15 tracks, plus three new unreleased songs, "Die Ehrliche Haut," "Der Kleine Unterschied," and "Wenn Du Dich Traust," a duet with Laith Al-Deen.
Highly recommended. This is one of the very best recordings of this magnificent music. The recorded sound is warm and close up, details are clearly heard. The performance reflects love and respect for the music. The Gewandhaus folks play magnificently and Neumann choses good tempos, not too fast or too slow. The feelings of joyfulness and pride are evident at every turn.
This album is different. "Pure life" is Thomas Anders's new longplayer. And this is the first completely German-language album of the former modern-talking-star in his now 40-year career. At the same time »Pure Life« is probably the most positive work of the German pop and percussionist, music producer and songwriter.
Saxophonist Donny McCaslin brought a fresh perspective to the acoustic-electronic jazz soundscape with 2012's Casting for Gravity (Greenleaf Music) which earned a Grammy nomination for "Best Instrumental Jazz Solo" for the track "Stadium Jazz." Thankfully it was not a one-off as McCaslin reassembles the tightly knit band and savvy production from saxophonist David Binney in Fast Future, a release that continues the groove factor.