De-Phazz – Black White Mono (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:02:58 minutes | 695 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © phazz-a-delic
The prolific and long-running De-Phazz (also known as DePhazz) is a contemporary lounge project led by Peter “Pit” Baumgartner, a German-Austrian producer who has surrounded himself with a shifting cast of collaborators that includes vocalists Barbara Lahr, Karl Frierson, and Pat Appleton. Beginning with Detunized Gravity (1997), Baumgartner and company have explored various forms of lounge music, much of it balancing samples with live instrumentation, with innumerable cross-sections of vintage jazz and soul, easy listening, and Latin music. De-Phazz tracks like “No Jive” and “The Mambo Craze” have appeared on dozens of compilations with “lounge,” “chill,” and “café” in the title. Though much of the De-Phazz catalog could be termed studio creations, it also contains collaborative, acoustic, and live projects such as Big (recorded with the Radio Bigband Frankfurt, 2009), Naive (2013), and Private (2016). No stranger to outside work, Baumgartner remixed Ella Fitzgerald’s “Wait ’til You See Him” for the first Verve Remixed compilation, as well as tracks by the likes of Kool & the Gang, a-ha, and Blank & Jones. ~ Andy Kellman
A pronounced sense of style, bone-dry grooves, tons of soul and purring irony – these are, quite frankly not typically Teutonic qualities that have made De-Phazz the most famous, unknown music export “Made in Germany”. De-Phazz’ songs creep into the auditory canals, stimulate brain activity and electrify dancers to shake their legs, are known in Vladivostok as well as in Anchorage, in Ibiza as well as in Kathmandu. By courtesy of smart bartenders, compilations like “Café del Mar” or movie soundtracks, songs like “The Mambo Craze”, “Something Special” or “Cut the Jazz “(played on Spotify 3 million times) went viral when this term was still associated merely with influenza. Baumgartner & Co. have sold over half a million recordings – black-market copies not included – that possibly makes De-Phazz the most burned band in Eastern Europe. The group has so far performed over 600 concerts all over the globe.
There is plenty of reasons to celebrate – but please with taste, noble understatement and a significant portion of self-irony, as befits De-Phazz. “Black White Mono” is the title of the album for the 20th anniversary of the band. But don’t worry: As abridged as the album title and as cool as the art-based Op Art ajar record cover may seem, the music is nothing of the sort. Rather, Baumgartner lustily sends his listeners on the wrong trail. “I love to induce frowns a little,” confesses Mr De-Phazz.
With “Black White Mono”, we’re talking about a colourful, adult birthday bash that remembers the era when an album was still a movie for the private cinema and not just a drop-off point for individual sound files for profane playlist use. Everything one needs for a successful party is there: cheerful family members such as the vocalists Pat Appleton, Karl Frierson, Barbara Lahr or the trombone player Otto Engelhardt meet old favourite friends such as the trumpet player Joo Kraus, the saxophonist Marcus Bartelt or the drummer Oli Rubow and all head together for the champagne.
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06. Silent Lamb
07. As the Word Turns
08. Wailing Daddy
09. Foul & Miss
10. Ma Cherry Bo
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