Beat Kaestli – Invitation (2010)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 & DST64 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 46:26 minutess | Scans included | 3,21 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 834 MB
Features Stereo & Multichannel Surround Sound | Chesky Records # SACD 348 | Genre: Jazz
Beat Kaestli turns his attention to the Great American Songbook on Invitation, his auspicious debut for Chesky Records. Recorded at St. Peter’s Church in Chelsea, this stirring collection of jazz standards is the perfect showcase for Kaestli’s hauntingly beautiful voice, which falls somewhere in the Chet Baker-Kenny Rankin range. His voice is imbued with clarion articulation, naturally relaxed phrasing and uncanny feeling.
Born in Bern, Switzerland, Beat Kaestli (pronounced “Bay-ott Kest-lee”) sings in hushed tones and romantic visions on this, his second recorded effort. With a voice that has been gauged somewhere between Chet Baker and Kenny Rankin, Kaestli’s immaculate phrasing and low-key demeanor are best suited for late-night listening. While his vocals are the centerpiece, the instrumentalists he uses are nearly an afterthought, shadowing his lyric content, not embellishing, but perfectly accompanying as if they are entirely in the background. This is not a critique, just a fact, as guitarist Paul Meyers, bassist Jay Leonhart, drummer Billy Drummond, and guest horn soloists (Joel Frahm and Kenny Rampton) only lightly frame these standards. Beyond Baker or Rankin, perhaps Mark Murphy’s stoic persona also plays a part in how Kaestli interprets the light but funky title selection, the slow ballad “It Could Happen to You,” or “Day In, Day Out” which does recall both older and modern-day crooners. Kaestli works best with Leonhart, as all jazz singers love hooking up in duet intros or full-blown bluesy tunes with the upright bassist of their choice. Understated to the max, Beat Kaestli and friends make candlelight mood music both genders can get next to.
01. Day In Day Out
02. It Could Happen to You
04. My Foolish Heart
05. The Island
06. My Romance
07. The Nearness of You
08. Moonlight In Vermont
09. I’ve Got You Under My Skin