Archive for September 20th, 2020

Amandus – Sing A Song

German pianist and keyboardist Michael Amandus Quast started his career as professional musician around the millennium. As an accompanying musician he toured with Paul Young for several years. Besides his numerous activities in the German-speaking area, he also played the keys for Nik Kershaw, Johnny Logan and Midge Ure. Two years ago he began to fulfill his wish to record a smooth jazz album.

He chose his middle name as his stage name, which in Latin means “the beloved”. His supporting musicians are hand-picked and some of them are well known throughout Germany. David Anlauff (drums), Philipp Rehm (bass), Uli Brodersen (guitar), Ray Mahumane (guitar), Søren Jordan (guitar), Arno Haas (alto and soprano sax), Angela Frontera (percussion), Helena Paul and Jimi Carrow (vocals). Amandus is playing grand piano Yamaha S4, keys and programming. The additional brass section consists of Christian Ehringer, Igor Rudytskyy (trumpet), Thomas Sauter (trombone) and Michael Steiner (tenor and baritone sax).

All songs are written by Michael Quast. The title of the album has a slightly ironic touch, because with one exception it is an instrumental album. The album starts with something tiny. But The Mice Song quickly makes it big. Funky guitar riffs meet groovy bass and a sophisticated horn arrangement.

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