Joyce van de Pol’s reputation mainly resulted from her
interpretational work for Pop-, R&B- and Soul-titles. With different
projects, she went on tours covering Germany as well as its neighbouring
countries, joined by the Australian guitar-legend Tommy Emmanuel and
“Sting”-guitarist Dominic Miller. Furthermore, she worked on a regular basis as
background vocalist for artists of different styles – like Cassandra Steen and
Yvonne Catterfeld (Echo-award), to name only some.
With “Speak Low” the artist with Indonesian and Czech
roots releases her first jazz album under her own name. The jazz singer with a
diploma (Folkwang University of the arts, Essen) presents on her CD eleven
songs balancing between jazz and pop.
The Kurt Weill-composition “Speak Low” represents the
stylistic conception of this album: a peaceful atmosphere and a spectrum of
different hues and humours with a basis of relaxed grooves. Using her voice,
gifted with a matchless timbre as well as a secure feeling for a relaxed
phrasing, Joyce van de Pol gives songs like those from George Harrison (While
my guitar gently wheeps), James Taylor (How sweet it is) or the Chaka Kahn hit
from the 90’s (Through the fire) her very own colour and depth. Interpretations
from the American Song Book, like the Horace Silver classic “Nicas dream” or
the great ballad “Detour Ahead”, which has somehow fallen into oblivion,
emerge, newly arranged and re-harmonised, with striking coolness and
individuality. The production receives its final polish with “At last”, a song
coming from the blues/soul area, which Etta James brought 1961 to world wide
fame, as well as “Love dance”, a composition by the Brazilian musician Ivan Lins
and her own composition “It’s about time”. Drummer André Spajić, develops
together with Walfried Böcker on contra bass and Felipe “Mandingo” Rengifo on
percussion a variety of grooves, which bring a relaxed flow, specific to the
style, into the songs and never seem to overdo it.
The arrangements of this production are coming from
the piano player Thomas Hufschmidt. He worked together with numerous musicians
of different styles, like Carla Bley, Albert Mangelsdorff, Steve Swallow, Jan
Akkerman, Ack van Royen and Sydney Youngblood.
Joyce van de Pol - Vocals; Thomas Hufschmidt - Piano/keyboards; Walfried Böcker - Bass; André Spajić - Drums.