'Somehow we go on' could be the
motto of the third De-Phazz album
'Death by Chocolate'.After the predecessor
'Godsdog' which aroused considerable
attention, one was on tenterhooks
where the musical way would lead
us.Sexy, sarcastic, subtile and
sometimes willing to make experiments:
that's the way De-Phazz are presenting
their first album with Universal.
It should be 'Something special...'
dealing irreverently with international
hit and pop songs, uncut Pop with
Beat-Flavour, Cool-Jazz, Dancehall
Reggae or simplysophisticated kitsch.....'Get
Producer Pit Baumgartner is mixing
Beat-Bits with Break-Beats, advocaat
and Energy-Drinks, langue de chat
and Power-Bar...unrepentant consumption
De-Phazz, that's precisely it -
cheeky, but tasteful,light-footed
and very all right.
Next to 'De-Phazz Style Collages
and medleys' (NU CHIC, BETTER NOW,
HEARTFIXER) you will find on 'Death
byChocolate' a multitude of compositions
where one cantaste the individual
style of further De-Phazz artists
through the other flavours.
Being an ironic songwriter and interpreter
of music, PatAppleton is shaping
her musical contributions with incomparable
diversity. She is taking us - across
all borders -to the land of the
sophisticated pop-song. SOMETHING
SPECIAL, JEUNESSE DORÉE or
LOVESLABOURS LOST are shaped by
her charming voice and her wit.
Also for the shameless frankness
concerningthe dealing with the other
sex (TRASH BOX) she is forgiven
Also Barbara Lahr is reporting back
on the 'De-Phazz-boat' with two
songs. She sings about the isolationthrough
communication (!) -media (ONLINE)
- with over-castted sound or being
far away and naïve, however
notwithout irony. Her voice makes
wanderlust and other longings audible
Leave it to Dr. Karl Frierson to
look after the wiggle and swing
of your hips (SABBATICAL, JIM THE
JINN). Also being 'an entertainer
on the deck of the pleasuresteamer'
he is shaping the profile of De-Phazz.
He is more interested in the 'how'
than in the 'what'. The frivolous
ease (MAYBE SAN JOSÉ) with
which he faces the Jazz is something
he learned playing the clubs from
South Carolina to Dubai. He is more
interested in the 'how' than in
the 'what'. The frivolous ease (MAYBE
SAN JOSÉ) with which he faces
the Jazz is something he learned
playing the clubs from South Carolina
to Dubai.Concerning the transformation
of sequences to arrangement it is
Otto Engelhard who is never ever
at a loss for words and answers.
With his capacity for understanding
and empathy as a composer and songwriter
and with the supple grace of his
trombone, the 'sentimental Gentleman'
is making an essential contribution
to the characterof 'Death by Chocolate'.
The unmistakable 'Instant Esperanto'
of Roy George R.,too, is firmly
established on 'Death by Chocolate'.As
regards subject matter, ROYs CHOICE
is dealing witha raven oracle, but
the text makes this perfectly clear.
The sound of the drums is shaped
essentially by countless Drum-Lics
& Rolls of former Kraan-drummer
Jan Friede, that were scattered
pretty accurately and without system
all over the CD. DEATH BY CHOCOLATE
is a song that you always want to
turn louder and louder. With his
fragile 'mellow-Jazz' trumpet Joo
Kraus (ex-'Tab Two') is at the top
of an illustrious list of guest
musicians. Helmut Hattler, Stephan
Zobeley (Grönemeier), Adax
& Mattl Dörsam, Bernd Windisch,
Eckes Malz, Biber Gullatz, Alex
Auer and the Kingston Town 'Rude
Boy' Skarramucci are part of the
sweet musical confectionery.
You will see it on the radio!