With Garage Pompeuse, DePhazz brings their blend of Soul, Latin and Electronica music to the world of Jazz. Mastermind Pit Baumgartner and singer Pat Appleton are once again doing pioneering work. Under the motto “Dare More Jazz”, Appleton performs the highlights of her extensive repertoire, such as “The Mambo Craze“, “Jeunesse Dorée” or “No Jive“, in the renowned Berlin Jazz club A-Trane.
Driven by the question of how the songs would sound with a jazz instrumentation, pianist Ulf Kleinert was commissioned with the new arrangements. He turned out to be a true master of reduction, who knows how to lay bare the soul of the songs. The intimate atmosphere of the club, which can only hold just under a hundred visitors, contributes the rest to the feeling of experiencing DePhazz in its purest form – a meeting of sound engineers and groove craftsmen.
Birgit Hammer-Sommer and husband Dirk Sommer recorded this album Live to Analog Tape in 2014. Eight years after producing and recording the album – and after eight years of it only being available on Vinyl LP the duo that are the label Sommelier du Son have transferred it to Stereo DSD 256 using the Mytek Digital Brooklyn Analog to Digital Converter.
Garage Pompeuse: The Berlin Session is exclusively available in Stereo DSD 256 as well as Stereo DSD 128 and DSD 64 at NativeDSD. The additional DSD editions of the album were created in the DSD Domain by Tom Caulfield at NativeDSD Mastering Labs using the Signalyst HQ Player 4 Pro mastering software. It is a DSD Exclusive, Not Available on SACD release.
Pat Appleton – Vocals
Pit Baumgartner – Ukulele Solo, Effects (FX)
Markus Bodenseh – Acoustic Bass
Oli Rubow – Drums
Matti Klein – Rhodes Electric Piano & Wurlitzer
Frank Spaniol – Saxophone, Bass Clarinet
Total time: 00:40:41
|Analog Tape Recorders||
Christoph Stickel & Dirk Sommer at CS Mastering in Munich, Germany
Monitored by Audeze and PSB headphones and Amphion ONE12 speakers driven by a Bryston 2B-LP
|Original Recording Format|
PS Audio Power Plant
Birgit Hammer-Sommer & Dirk Sommer
A-Trane Jazz Club in Berlin, Germany during August 2014
|Release Date||August 16, 2022|
This new release now allows a wider digital listenership to appreciate the vocals of Pat Appleton, set against the spare arrangements of Ulf Kleinert, with a simple, but decidedly funky little band recorded in an intimate club venue. Yes, it’s a small ensemble – Markus Bodenseh on bass, Oli Rubow’s drums, Matti Klein on Rhodes and Wurlitzer, and Frank Spaniol on sax and bass clarinet – but then suddenly Dephazz supremo Pit Baumgartner lets loose with a burst of synth madness, adding to the oddity of the whole thing. However, it’s not sufficiently bonkers to detract from the beautifully realistic ‘at a gig’ atmosphere, combining with Appleton’s seductive voice to make this a rather toothsome listen.
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