Singer and songwriter Lisa Bassenge concocts a special blend of music in Berlin then takes it out into the world. Her home base is Jazz, yet her artistry and versatility enable her to travel effortlessly through a diverse array of musical styles and genres. In addition to her solo career, she was the front-woman of the band Nylon and is a longstanding member of Micatone.
Lisa Bassenge has toured throughout various countries in Europe and Asia. She has shared her warm, distinctive voice with the WDR and NDR Big Bands and has recorded with the likes of drummer Vinnie Colaiuta (Frank Zappa, Barbara Streisand, Billy Joel), producer Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Melody Gardot, Madeleine Peyroux) and singer Stuart Staples (Tindersticks).
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Lisa Bassenge is back with a bouquet. "Wildflowers" completes her trio trilogy, once more with Jacob Karlzon on piano and Andreas Lang on bass – as on "Borrowed and Blue" (2018) and "Mothers" (2020).
Eleven songs, seemingly chosen at random and yet resulting in a completely rounded album: »Wildflowers« covers a range that stretches from Dolly Parton to Depeche Mode, from Bob Dylan to Death Cab for Cutie. Plus Lisa Bassenge's subtle, melancholic original composition »Morning Sounds Of Spring«. The way the trio arranges and delivers these individual pieces, they don't seem thrown together, but rather like chapters in a story. Each one is glittering in its own right, but the whole turns out to be greater than the sum of its parts.
This also applies to the trio itself. The two musicians – Jacob Karlzon from Sweden and Andreas Lang from Denmark – embed Lisa Bassenge's unique voice in a warm sound that is 'Scandinavian' in the best sense: relaxed, but always engaging; very playful, but never pushy. »This sound has found us,« says Lisa Bassenge. And on »Wildflowers«, the three have brought it to perfection. Every single bar of the album testifies to the incredible chemistry between the singer and the musicians.
What also connects the songs is the quality of the lyrics. All of them are poetic pieces of existential depth, and Lisa Bassenge's haunting interpretation and crystal-clear phrasing converts them into powerful mind games.
Is this jazz, is it pop, is it chanson? With »Wildflowers«, the Lisa Bassenge Trio once again demonstrates how fluid the boundaries between supposedly very different genres are. This music doesn't need a tag. It’s all about the beauty and the truth of the songs.
Micatone started around the turn of the millennium as one of the first projects to combine electronic breakbeats and club sounds with a live band. In connection with the incomparable voice of Lisa Bassenge, a special mixture of pop songs, jazz sounds and club tracks was created, which soon led to the first releases on Jazzanova's Sonarkollektiv label. Fans and patrons were as varied as French house DJ Bob Sinclar or BBC presenter Giles Peterson.
Micatone's albums have featured collaborations with Tindersticks' Stuart Staples, Seeed's Demba "Ear" Nabé, and jazz musicians such as David Friedman and Gerard Presencer. Their current fifth longplayer "The Crack" is full of references to the band's 20-year history and is ultra-modern at the same time. After the five musicians around singer Lisa Bassenge sought their inspiration mainly in the soul and jazz of the 1960s on their last record «Wish I Was Here», Micatone have again expanded their sound with new facets on «The Crack». This resulted in nine songs that were produced in great detail - cinematic pop music that moves between dark blues, exuberant joy and deep melancholy.
Between the first line of the opener "Shell Song" "Come on take a walk with me, take my hand we move in peace..." and the finale "Countless Times" weaves a red thread and leads the listener through a blooming labyrinth full of darker ones Guitar sounds to orchestral passages to electronica. All connected by the singer's unique voice. Lisa Bassenge sings about farewell, jealousy, revenge, abandonment and fears, but also about love and freedom.
Boris Meinhold and Lisa Bassenge are currently working on a new album that will be released in 2024.
Lisa Bassenge - Trio
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