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Far From Home by Beat Kaestli

This track "Somebody New" demonstrates Kaestli's softly textured voice. The background violin doesn't seem apropos to the tune. Kaestli's efforts save the day.

"September Song" is a standard that has stood the test of time and Beat Kaestli pays homage to it in good stead. The piano player comps nicely adding much to this track

"What Are You Doing The Rest of Your Life" is a jaunty version of a great tune. In up-tempo, the pianist caught my ear with the changes in his solo, which showed that he was a skilled musician who knows how to swing. The underated style of Kaestli works well in this mode.

The lyrics are superb in "Corrupted by the Blues," although the melody is somewhat disjointed. Again, the piano solo is superb.

Beat Kaestli has the chops to become a solid jazz singer. In my opinion, he would be better served to sing standards where ideas abound and sweet ideas reside. The musicians are varied on this album with many instruments on display. The saxophone is sorely missed and would have been an superb addition to transmogrify the recording into a more swinging type format.

To become the plus ultra in the vocal game, it is said that a singer must trust the tried and true.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Beat Kaestli
  • CD Title: Far From Home
  • Genre: Jazz Vocals
  • Year Released: 2009
  • Record Label: B + B Productions
  • Rating: Four Stars
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