Garland - Black Tree Harbour
Jo´N - Rise & Fall
Christina Linhardt - Circus Sanctuary
by Willard Manus
Attention must be
paid to two new CDs from Europe: GARLAND, BLACK TREE HARBOR and JO'N,
RISE AND FALL, both of which contain some memorable song-writing, vocal
work and musicianship.
I'm leaving you today
The eleven cuts on the CD are backed up by five hard-rockin' musicians, one of whom, pianist Markus Apitius (who was also responsible for some of the arrangements and backup vocals) must be singled out for special praise. Apitius plays with a fiery drive and virtuosity that can only be called inspired.
(For more information visit www.garland-music.com)
Apitius is also one
of the key performers on Jo'N (short for Johanna Fassbender), a Cologne-based
singer-songwriter whose CD was recently released by Toca Records (tocarecords.de).
Apitius not only backs her up on keyboards but has co-written many of
the songs with Jo'n--in English, of course.
To contact Johanna Fassbender personally, go to www.jo-n.de
Europe may have pop
singers who excel in English, but our own Christina Linhardt goes them
one better. The LA-based coloratura has released CIRCUS SANCTUARY, on
which she sings in three languages, English, French and Latin, sprinkled
with a few words of German. Possessor of a wondrous voice that can handle
just about any kind of song there is, everything from jazz ("Pantomine")
to gospel ("Motherless Child") to liturgical ("Ave Maria;"
hence the Latin), Linhardt is an absolute wonder, a vocalist with an amazing
range and expressiveness. She's no mere technician, either-- this is a
voice that radiates beauty and emotion as it soars high and far with each
Linhardt has sung for Cirque du Soleil, at LACMA, the Cinegrill, and for royalty in Europe (where she had a torrid love affair with the crown prince of Saxony). She has also produced several plays at the Odyssey Theatre.
On CIRCUS SANCTUARY Linhardt is backed up by four excellent studio players: Dino Meneghin (guitar); Marco Meneghin (drums); Bob Feldman (bass); and John Rangel (keyboards). Guest musicians include salsa violinist, Dan Weinstein; pianist Shelton Berg; sax player Bruce Eskovitz; and piccolo trumpet player Bill Churchville.