TILL BRÖNNER AND BOB JAMES
TEAM UP FOR COLLABORATION ALBUM
AVAILABLE TODAY FROM SONY MASTERWORKS
World-renowned German jazz musician Till Brönner and jazz legend and GRAMMY® Award winner Bob James release their very first collaboration album, On Vacation, via Sony Masterworks on October 30, 2020.
In the Fall of 2019, Brönner invited James to meet him at the legendary “La Fabrique” studio in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, a stone’s throw from Marseille in France. Absorbing the spirit of this 200-year-old-manor famous for hosting sessions by the likes of Nick Cave and Charles Azanavour, they immediately slipped into the vibrant and vital spirit of their surroundings. Together, they recorded a total of twelve tracks evocative of their newfound chemistry as collaborators and friends.
Whether it be the late-night jazz piano and swooning trumpet of “Save Your Love For Me” or the upbeat waltz of the title track “On Vacation” punctuated by Brönner’s vocals, the project represents the undeniable and unpredictable union of these two jazz titans.
Of On Vacation, James says, “Recording an album in a beautiful setting like being on vacation is a first! I’ve made many, many recordings over five decades or more, so still being able to have a new experience is wonderful for me. It was a new experience getting to know Till and a new experience with us figuring out our style of working together. Till was the first one to suggest that we record in a vacation-type atmosphere. I admit that I was a little bit hesitant about it. I love more work so much that I got more out of this indirectly. It feels inspiring to be in a beautiful surrounding. That part of it, I really love.”
“I had a very strong feeling about the location beforehand, because I knew I didn’t want to record it in my usual environment,” adds Brönner. “The name ‘La Fabrique’ is actual a symbol for something that needs to be done—people want to deliver. I found everything I wanted to go for in this place together with this incredible artist. Here we are now, and I feel very confident.”
Throughout his storied career, Till Brönner has emerged as Germany’s preeminent jazz trumpeter and a prolific presence worldwide. Since his 1993 debut Generations of Jazz, he has recorded 18 albums and teamed up with everyone from Carla Bruni, Madeleine Peyroux, Luciana Souza, Kurt Elling, Melody Gardot, Sergio Mendes, and more. Most recently, he joined forces with bassist Dieter Ilg on the critically acclaimed 2018 joint album Nightfall.
We all could use a Vacation in 2020, so Brönner and James provided it.
ON VACATION TRACKLISTING:
1. Save Your Love For Me
3. Late Night
4. Lavender Fields
5. September Morn
7. I Get It From You
9. Scent of Childhood
10. On Vacation
11. Sunset Vale
12. Basin Street Blues
13. If Someone Had Told Me
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