Dirk K - When Sunny Gets Blue


Dirk K, a guitarist from Germany, started his career in L.A., where he moved to in 1987. He played with Randy Brecker, Toots Thielemans, Nippy Noya, Wolfgang Engstfeld, Dave Weckl, Joe McBride, Ulrich Lask, Kenny Blake, Peter Erskine, Alan Pasqua, Marc Johnson, Paulinho Da Costa, Thomas McMorran (Tom Scott band), Rique Pantoja, Gary Meek (Al Jarreau band), Brandon Fields, Mitch Forman, Gary Novak, Bernie Dresel, Terri Lyne Carrington, Tal Bergman, Otmaro Ruiz, Bart Samolis, Michito Sanchez, Hans Zermuehlen, Dave Carpenter, Larry Cohn, Mark Converse, Will Kennedy (Yellowjackets), Russ Miller (Gloria Estefan) Leon Bisquera (Randy Crawford). Rick Craig, and more and more

Dirk is very productive. He has already released two albums in 2003: Dirk K - My Favorite and Dirk K - when sunny gets blue. On the newest one he is playing his Vazquez Rubio Flamenco guitar over Smooth Jazz and Latin grooves. The players on this album are: 
Dirk K (flamenco guitar), Todd Hunter (keys), Cassio Duarte (percussion), J.K (bass on 1, 11), Carlitos del Puerto (bass on 3,4,7,10), C.C. Thomas (bass on 2,5,8), C.C. Thomas and Michael Sechrest (drum programming on 2,5,8), Peter Erskine (drums on 7) and Dick Weller (drums on 10).

The flamenco guitar is a very attractive instrument to express a special feeling and the smooth jazz genre is the best place for it. Here one finds artists like Peter White, Marc Antoine, Chieli Minucci, Artie Traum, Ottmar Liebert, Oscar Lopez, Strunz and Farah, Jesse Cook, Antonio Restucci, José Luis Encinas and more. Dirk K deserves a place among these heroes of music.

When Sunny Gets Blue is a jazz classic, already played by Larry Carlton, Donald Byrd, Brandon Fields, Pete Petersen, Chet Baker, Nat King Cole, Will  and hundreds more. Dirk's up tempo version has so many ornaments, that one is wondering how he finds the time to play so many notes in such a short time. He combines mastership and character.

For All We Know has also its history. This ballade was already interpreted by such famous singers like Shirley Bassey, Joan Baez, The Andrew Sisters, Ray Charles and jazz players like Dave Brubeck, Chet Backer, Monty Alexander. The romantic power is concentrated in Dirk's instrument.

Une Maison A Limbourg was written by Dirk himself. A Bossa styled tune with a happy upright mood. It could be the sound trailer of a holiday movie.

The Way You Look Tonight a jazz classic by Jerome Kern (music) and Dorothy Fields (words) was composed in 1936 for the movie "Swing Time". Fred Astaire sung this title. This popular song was re-discovered by Dirk with a fresh approach.

Hoagy Carmichael was the award-winning composer/songwriter responsible for many well-known jazz tunes. The music is as always not strictly jazz but Skylark was one of his bigger hits mainly due to Glenn Miller's recording in 1942. Dirk 's rhythm emphatically interpretation convinces.

József Kosma's jazz essential Autumn Leaves has a timeless attraction. He and Jacques Prévert (words)  composed 1947 this perennial song which was adapted in English by Johnny Mercer. Dirk performs the ballade in his own inimitable way.

The composer Jimmy van Heusen and the lyricist Johnny Burke composed Here's That Rainy Day for the musical movie "Carnival In Flanders" (1953). Singer was Frank Sinatra who chose this ballade for his album "No One Cares" (1959). A further joker for Dirk's guitar.

Soul Eyes was composed by the jazz pianist Mal Waldron. The original clocks more than 17 minutes and was released on John Coltrane's album "Interplay for 2 Trumpets and 2 Tenors" in 1957. Originally a Hard Bop piece Dirk has changed the character of the tune to a smooth jazz ballade.

A Night In Brazil is Dirk 's Latin sight. A fiery Samba piece. 

Aturo Toscanini was one of the greatest conductors and opera and symphony directors. He became famous for his orchestration of Verdi and Beethoven works. Toscanini is an homage to this great musician with a classical attitude.

As last song Dirk presents a rap-version of When Sunny Gets Blue featuring Heather Marie Wright. Personally not my favorite.

Friends of acoustic guitar music will like this album. It's an album for the romantic hours of life.

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