Vocalist Fay Claassen has been singing for many years. Luck Child (Challenge Records, 2017) is a compilation of favorites that she’s never recorded before.
The artist presents an ode to youth and beauty, with a mix of old songs and new, including two written by Paul Heller.
The musicians are Olaf Polziehn, piano; Peter Tiehuis, guitar; Ingmar Heller, bass; and on “Miniature No. 7,” Paul Heller, clarinet, bass clarinet and tenor saxophone.
“Fay,” composed by Kenny Wheeler, is an instrumental dedicated to Claassen. It’s a haunting soundscape that features the vocalist in a wordless chant.
Claassen also lends her vocal elegance to Paul Simon’s “One Trick Pony,” the Beatles’ “Blackbird,” Duke Ellington’s “In a Sentimental Mood” and Billie Holiday’s “God Bless the Child.”
Little stands out instrumentally. Luck Child is all about the Dutch-born Claassen’s voice, combined with fresh arrangements.
Claassen dedicates the album to her daughter, Inga, whom she calls, “The light of my life.”