Elisabeth Lohninger – Songs Of Love And Destruction – Lofish

by | Mar 23, 2011 | Jazz CD Reviews | 0 comments

Elisabeth Lohninger – Songs Of Love And Destruction – Lofish 079, 60:00 ****:

(Elisabeth Lohninger – vocals,  Evan Gregor – bass, Bruce Barth – piano, Jordan Perison – drums, Ingrid Jensen – trumpet, Donny McCaslin – tenor sax, Christian Howes – violin)

Songs of Love and Destruction is a mix of folk, jazz and pop culture original and cover songs by one of the world’s most-traveled and under-heard artists.  Elisabeth Lohninger has transformed from a young girl from Austria to an amazing crooning woman of New York.  

Released on her privately owned Lofish Productions label, Elisabeth has taken the time to produce herself a very nice lounge/jazz album.  River starts off the album.  Unlike the typical covers of the song, Elisabeth’s alto voice smoothes its way through the tune.   Here There and Everywhere, a wonderfully written Lennon/McCartney song, is placed nicely a quarter of the way through the album.  An original sounding rendition of the Beatles classic is one of the best jazzy versions I’ve heard.  

The hour it takes one to listen to the album is over before you know it.  There are several surprises throughout the album, either the very strong supporting cast of players, or the fluent Spanish language tracks Si Me Quieres and La Puerta;  Songs of Love and Destruction is heartfelt and honest.  

Elisabeth pours her soul into her seventh studio album that was released in September 2010.  A young career established with world tours and multiple albums.  Elisabeth even takes the time to educate those that are willing to learn from a pro. 

1. River
2. Save Me
3. Si Me Quieres
4. Here There and Everywhere
5. Alone Together
6. With Every Breath I Take
7. Away and Away Again
8. La Puerta
9. I Fall In Love Too Easily
10. No Moon At All
11. A Little Bit Tricky
12. If I Should Lose You

— Paul A. Pelon IV

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