Till Brönner – Midnight
The album starts with Marvin Gaye's popular song What's Going On. The song was arranged and produced by keyboardist George Whitty. The excellent musicianship of Michael Brecker, Till Brönner and more creates the fantastic atmosphere of one of the hottest tune of that year and the spell bounding effect isn't faded away.
The title tune was composed by Till and Stefan Raab, Germany's top TV presenter, composer, singer and entertainer. The unsurpassable mood is compiled by Till, George and the RIAS Big Band Brass. At the age of only 20 Till Brönner became solo trumpet player of the renowned RIAS Big Band Berlin under Horst Jankowski and Jiggs Whigham.
Little Giant's Talking showcases Till Brönner, David Mann and Dean Brown in best conditions. On a shuffle beat this trio expands their top notch talents. On Highway To Heaven Till meets wah-guitarist Ingo Cramer, another member of the RIAS Big Band. Till's muted trumpet enjoys vibrant independent existence.
Reporting From Rangoon is a further collaboration of Till with world-renowned George Whitty. George recorded with Mike Catalano (Manhattan Affair), Richard Bona (Munia: The Tale), Mike Phillips (Uncommon Denominator), Michael Brecker (Wide Angles), Randy Brecker (34th N Lex) and a lot more. On this song Till shows his great improvisational skills.
Stevie Wonder's Don't You Worry 'bout A Thing finds an instrumental rebirth on Till's trumpet. The best and jazziest cover I ever heard of Stevie's megahit from his album Innervisions (1973). In The Meantime penned by David Mann starts with muted trumpet leading into a flugelhorn and trumpet excursion. Till not just performs the melody but decorate it with numerous improvisations.
Check That follows the funky guitar presentation of the previous tune. Stefan Raab, Till's classmate in earlier times, delivers creative inputs for a genius melody. The contemplative Tribeca features David Mann and Till Brönner in changing and exchanging contributions. Ned Mann's bass and David's keys are underlining the moody environment.
Multi-instrumentalist Jimi Tunnell, a part-time member of Mike Mainierie's Steps Ahead, is the propelling part and composer of Racer. What shall I praise at first? The perfect arrangement? The intelligent choice of instruments? The mesmerizing performance? A real masterpiece.
I don't want to annoy you with the platitude of a drive on the Ocean Avenue but Morning Ride has much of that feeling. Till combines this relaxing attitude with his own profile of high professionalism. Waiting is the final expression of fine contemporary jazz art.
Till Brönner's Midnight is one of those rare
albums which I can put in my player again and again. What I don't
understand is the fact that Till doesn't perform that style on further
albums. Is he too shy to copy his masterwork?