It verges on a miracle that of the 25-year history MTV Unplugged as yet no single reggae musician was permitted to play this legendary concert series. Now is gentleman as first the honor been bestowed to present his great reggae songs in acoustic versions. The timing could hardly be better able to. Cologne musician is now after six studio albums as an internationally acclaimed star of the reggae scene at the height of his career and is deeply rooted by its numerous Jamaica stays and collaborations with various Jamaican musicians in the culture of the Caribbean island. Gentleman has played in his now 20-year stage career already in several countries and done some pioneering work fOr his beloved genre.
took His Match in Stadtgarten gentleman Aided by his eight-piece band The evolution, another top-class musicians from Germany and Jamaica, as well as numerous prominent guests for an impressive tour of their own history that has made him one of the most unique artists of reggae in constant interchange between Jamaica and KÖln. Especially the acoustic versions of all its long canon of popular music associated with hits like "Dem Gone","Superior","Send A Prayer"Or"different Places"Demonstrate how wonderfully melodic and memorable are his songs. gentleman has managed over the years to combine roots reggae and dancehall songs perfectly in his work - He's just a stylistic frontier worker who time and again proves that he has a not only a knack for succinct riddims and catchy melodies, but also a gifted songwriter and singer with a unique voice.
"MTV Unplugged"Was recorded in August this year. It was the complete concert hall Cologne's Stadtgarten, anyway the" converted living room of jazz and world music "in the Rhine metropolis to the stage while the actual stage, fitted with sofas, to the gallery for the respective currently 45 time handpicked audience was. The coveted seats were eventually to those fans of gentleman forgive those who applied with a particularly personal story about it.
Two dozen musicians designed the memorable live event, was fOr whose perfecting rehearsed for two weeks. The two regular backup singers of Gentlemans Band The Evolution were of the Jamaican Sherieta Lewis supports that are already on the Album "New Day Dawn" was one of the party. Boris Rogowski as an additional guitarist and Toni Farris as a pianist and keyboardist expanded the group of German musicians. From Jamaica percussionist submitted Denver Smith, trumpeter Hopeton Williams and the hugely experienced saxophonist Dean Fraser, who has worked on hundreds of albums and responsible as a guiding light for many arrangements recorded at the concert evenings. As musical director acted Frank Pollak, of all the threads held together. It was each individual player with maximum creativity its part in the all-round successful shots at. Ben Bazzazian was with Oliver Schrader as co-producer on its side of the responsible producer of the evening. Ultimately, it was with the huge ensemble of eight string musicians under the direction of conductors Pierre-Henri Dutron was perfectly rounded off to find exactly the right amount to make the songs room to breathe.
A fine guest list refines the more than two dozen-song set, including Christopher Martin ( "To The Top") Shaggy ( "warn Dem") Tanya Stephens ( "Another Melody") Milky Chance ( "Homesick") And Marlon Roudette, with the gentleman the Mattafix-Classic "Big City Life"New life breathes. The live classic"Rainy Days"Perfect as it did in the live set with the Far East Band the singer Martin Jondo and gentleman companion Tamika. forms the crowning finale Bob Marley "Redemption song" With Campino and Ky-Mani Marley, the son of reggae legend.
Although this evening a hit is barely spared, the show goes beyond About a pure best of entertainment. So intimacy and intense one has the songs of gentleman previously never live experience can. "What I have noticed that the songs have got an incredible freshness," says gentleman. "Sometimes I had the feeling as if the songs just came." Especially songs like "It No Pretty"Or"Leave Us Alone"Who spread incredible momentum in their traditional live versions, are decelerated here in the most pleasant way to shine in a new light. This is reggae, which is not applied as usual in thick oil paints, but in light watercolor shades.
The two exclusive new songs in the set, "warn Dem" featuring Shaggy and "No Solidarity" featuring Ky-Mani Marley, incurred both before the MTV Unplugged-Images in cooperation with the respective participating artists on a fOr gentleman typical ways of working by mutually presently give up riddims and ideas fOr lyrics. From these blocks eventually arose the two new songs. "Warn Dem", the first single of Unplugged album (Released. 19.09), lives by its precise, reciprocal between Chants gentleman, Shaggy and the Background Trio: Groove, Drill, melody and message ... everything is right here - definitely one of the highlights of the vital sets. "No Solidarity" goes more towards roots reggae and has absolute single-grades. It is also the first collaboration with Ky-Mani Marley, the gentleman has met two years ago.
Exclusive are the two impressive cover versions. The airy interpretation of Mattafix-Classic "Big City Life" was true with their Drive PophitqualitÄt, animated intoned by gentleman in tandem with Marlon Roudette, the former singer of the successful duo, whose solo career thanks to his No.1 hit "When The Beat Drops Out"Just back has powerful picked up speed." Redemption Song "with Campino, the gentleman already has been on stage one time or another, and Ky-Mani Marley, offers however a shiny, almost reverent tribute to Bob Marley, the Godfather of Reggae.
Otherwise, the set turns out to be wonderfully balanced blend of milestones of the last 15 years of recording career by gentleman and the current studio album "New Day Dawn", which is well represented and the versatility of gentleman underscores. The Singles "You Remember"A gentle critique of the supposed advantages of the digital world,"In My Arms"Another Love Song fOr Tamika, and"Heart Of Rub-A-Dub"Are also here as"Road Of Life"And"The Journey". In addition, the two unusually sensitive ballads of the album" New Day Dawn ", for a"Memories"A loving memory of a deceased friend of gentleman, and the folkloric seemingly "Homesick", the gentleman Here, impressively interpreted together with Milky Chance, the shooting stars of the German pop scene.
That from Gentlemans Preferred candidate, the Berlin producer Olsen Involtini, brilliantly blended acoustic set is not only extremely intense, it also has a wonderful flow. All songs, no matter whether presented as unleashed sung or very introverted, have an authentic, coherent, well-tempered and true. "That's exactly what MTV Unplugged accounts, "said gentleman. "If you have eight strings that determine riddims on which you sing, play, that's right, another whistles." If some songs are interpreted with piano and strings, the result is stunning and even more widespread spiritual flair. "After the rehearsal, I realized that one should sometimes play with this lineup a few unplugged shows" sums gentleman. Said and done: FOr November three large Unplugged shows have already been announced.
A very multifaceted portrait About gentleman delivered recently the two documentary Noel Dernesch and Moritz Springer, the fOr their award-winning Film "Journey To Jah", who has appeared in these days on DVD, for seven years the Cologne musicians accompanied on his trips to Jamaica. insights into Gentlemans Friendships, working methods and his philosophy of life here combine to create a wonderful fine film mosaic.
What the film "Journey To Jah" and "MTV Unplugged"United in a certain way, is that they are of the enormous importance gentleman, of today certainly one of the world's most influential reggae artists, illustrate in a very individual way. Gentlemans "MTV Unplugged"Lets us his reggae art from a completely new, fresh perspective conceivable experience. The gentle side of gentleman. Mind-bending stuff!
"MTV Unplugged"appears on November 7, 2014 as a double CD.
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