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GREETJE KAUFFELD – TENDER MEDITATION
GREETJE-KAUFFELD-Tender-Meditation-A
GREETJE-KAUFFELD-Tender-Meditation-B
S 01
Track
Composer
Time
01
Tenderly
Gross/Lawrence
4:02
02
When You Wish Upon A Star
Harline/Washington
2:42
03
What`s New
Haggart/Burke
5:03
04
The Beat Goes On
Bono/Smal
4:40
05
I Get Along Without You Very Well
Carmichael/Thompson
3:11
06
I Fall In Love Too Easily
Kahn/Stein/Slinger
4:21
S 02
Track
Composer
Time
01
Poor Butterfly
Hubbell/Golden
2:53
02
Come Rain Or Come Shine
Arlen/Mercer
3:53
03
Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Arlen/Harburg
4:18
04
It Might Aswell Be Spring
Rodgers/Hammerstein
3:49
05
Some Other Spring
Kitchings/Herzog Jr.
3:34
06
Meditation
Lobo/Slinger
5:33
Tracks 1), 3), 5), 8), 10) recorded at Dureco Studios, January 8th and 9th 1976
Piano: Henk Elkerbout, Tenor-Sax: Ruud Brink, Bass: Rob Langereis, Drums: Peter Ypma
All arrangements by Henk Elkerbout, Sound Engineer: Emile Elsen, produced by Joop De Roo Tracks

2), 7), 9), 11) recorded at Soundpush CMS BV, Blaricum, December 12th – 14th 1980
Piano: Rob Pronk, Alto-Sax: Phil Woods, Bass: Nils Henning Orsted-Pedersen, Drums: Bruno Castellucci
All arrangements by Rob Pronk, Sound Engineer: Jay Denson, produced by Joop De Roo Tracks

4), 6), 12) with The Diamond Five, recorded at Soundpush Studios Laren, May 1st, 2nd and 15th 1973
Cees Slinger: Piano, Fender Rhodes, Tenor-Sax: Harry Verbeke, Bass: Jaques Schols,
Drums: John Engels, Trumpet: Cees Smal

Original recordings mastered 2007 by Carsten Daembkes

“Let Me Sing And I Am Happy” (Greetje Kauffeld)
GREETJE-KAUFFELD
with her 50 year stage jubilee while constantly going strong with over 80 live performances in changing musical formations within the year 2007.  

Greetje`s sought after 1970s tracks from the Great American Songbook are renowned both for their musical quality and especially for the quality of production. The musicians and the singer harmonized excellently on a musical level. And what a wealth of repertoire had been created during this period with famous musicians like Phil Woods, Rob Langereis or Nils Henning Orsted-Pedersen. A combination of supervision by producer Joop De Roo and arrangements by Rob Pronk and Henk Elkerbout led to some of Europe`s most advanced but long deleted vocal jazz albums between the time of 1976 and 1980, entitled “A Tribute To Clifford Brown” and “Some Other Spring”. The three songs recorded in 1973 with the legendary  Dutch formation “Diamond Five” had been included into the bands` original album “Back Together” and stand out as some of the finest example, that Greetje is able to sing any jazz melody in a unique and sensitive style. But the 70s turned out to be a difficult decade for vocal jazz releases from Europe. The involved record labels did not devote the necessary amount of attention to the distribution and promotion side so that the three albums remained widely unnoticed outside the Netherlands. This compilation shall stand out as a work of reference for all international music lovers who did not get the chance to buy these beautiful tracks at the time they had been produced. Greetje, “let us hear and we are happy”. (Ekkehart Fleischhammer/ January 2008)  

“Gratitude is what I feel when listening to these recordings. I am grateful for the chance to record this wonderful music during the 70s. Although it has been long ago, I can remember well the deep abandon and  power of concentration that went into the recording process - all tracks recorded live and without any overdubbing! My Thankfulness goes to producer Joop De Roo, who was responsible for the production of most of the tracks on this compilation. Thanks to Joop for bringing me together with all these remarkable and magnificent musicians. Last but not least I would like to thank Sonorama Records for the final re-release of this timeless music.” (Greetje Kauffeld/ December 2007)

“Greetje ... I can still see her sitting on the wall outside the studio. I hadn`t seen her for years, but had certainly heard a lot about her. She`d worked in the States and West Germany, now she`d suddenly appeared again. The childhood sweetheart had disappeared and besides, it was Joop De Roo she came to see in those early days and since then they have become inseparable. Abroad meant for her literally living abroad and gaining international recognition. Greetje is the only female Dutch vocalist that consistently takes the utmost care when expressing the lyrics of a song. And on no account will she make any concessions where this is concerned; the American audiences are far more sensitive to this than the Dutch. The pure essence of real love for some, is intangible and is quite often revealed in the first lines of songs interpretating  love. “Some Other Spring” – but not the torn love interpretation expressed by the late Billy Holiday, no ... I mean the deep tenderness of Greetje `cause it makes me feel romantic. Maybe that childhood love will never completely die...” (Joop Van Zijl/ TV Jounalist, from original liner notes of “Some Other Spring”, 1980)  

Compiled and annotated for re-release by Ekkehart Fleischhammer, original recordings mastered by Carsten Daembkes, photo courtesy of Greetje Kauffeld, cover design by Patrick Haase (rab.bit) & Ekkehart Fleischhammer. All included tracks previously released on vinyl discs in the Netherlands only. Also watch out for Greetje`s rare 1974 album “And Let The Music Play” plus Greetje & Mark Murphy with Metropole Orchestra on “Metro`s Midnight Music” (1975), both releases also available from Sonorama Records. Thanks to Greetje Kauffeld & Joop De Roo for giving us permission to revive these beautiful recordings.