A JAZZ TRIBUTE TO ABBA
2016 – Off The Records
Judith Nijland | vocals
Danny van Kessel | grand piano & rhodes
Pieter Althuis | bass
Arie den Boer | drums & percussion
Yuri Honing | tenor saxophone
Teus Nobel | flugelhorn
Harm van Sleen | pedal steel
Myrthe van de Weetering | violin
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Many jazz standards have their origin in Broadway musicals. Popular songs from yesteryear. So why couldn’t today’s jazz revert to songs from the 70’s?
Waterloo, Dancing Queen or Voulez-vous. Famous, perhaps even played a bit too frequently. But what about Waterloo as a jazz ballad or Money, Money, Money in swing?
Jazz singer Judith Nijland dared to think outside of the box and with her band she took stock of the vast repertoire of the Swedish group. Together they tackled a large number of famous and some more obscure songs. The songs remain intact, but jazz takes over.
“That A Jazz Tribute to ABBA turned out to be so extraordinary excellent is a result of the studious, professional and creative way Nijland and her band arranged the songs.”
“Chapeau for this very original musical production!”
“Nijland pulls it off, making “Waterloo,” “Head Over Heels,” and “Dancing Queen” sound fresh and new. Danny van Kessel proves the ideal catalyst to Nijland overt musicality. His playing is sparkling and sharp, directing the course for Nijland.”
“Judith Nijland’s sophisticated ability to interpret and the striking performance of her band (…) always keep it interesting and not only shed a new light on ABBA’s work but also peek further interest in Judith Nijland’s future material.”