German born trumpet player Till Broenner started his solo career in an age of 20 years with the album Generations of Jazz featuring Ray Brown, Jeff Hamilton, Frank Chastenier and Gregoire Peters (1993). Further albums are My secret Love (1995), German Songs (1996), Midnight (1997), Love (1998), Chattin with Chet (2000), Jazz Seen (2001), Blue Eyed Soul (2002), That Summer (2004), Höllentour (2004), Oceana (2006), The Christmas Album (2007), and Rio (2008).
As a young musician Till succeeded in enlightening such musicians as Michael Brecker, Dennis Chambers and David Mann for his project Midnight. The album was realized and financed by Uwe Buschkötter, a former jazz musician. Till Broenner presented a new sound and a funky, American studio style of the nineties, while rooted in the jazz modernism. With own compositions and cover versions of Marvin Gayes What’s Going On and Stevie Wonder Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing, he continued his soulful repertoire of accents.
The album was recorded in the Power Station, the current Avatar Studios, one of the first addresses in the city of NY, in several phases between September 1995 and May 1996. Although the album received high acclaim after its release in spring 1997, it was not selling well perhaps caused by a lack of promotion or it wasn’t the right time for that type of contemporary jazz in Germany. Anyway Verve/Universal bought the rights and fortunately re-issued the album this year. A real opportunity to discover this gem of the past.
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 Broenner and more creates the fantastic atmosphere of one of the hottest tune of that year and the spell bounding effect isn’t faded away.
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