David Linx & the Brussels Jazz Orchestra: Black Crow
David Linx & The Brussels Jazz Orchestra
Changing Faces (O+ OP127)
David Linx (vocals),
Serge Plume, Nico Schepers, Pierre Drevet, Gino Lattuca (trumpet); Marc Godfroid, Frederik Heirman, Ben Fleerakkers (trombone); Laurent Hendrick (bass trombone), Frank Vagan√©e (alto sax, soprano sax), Dieter Limbourg (alto sax), Kurt Van Kerck (tenor sax), Bart Defoort (tenor sax), Bo Van Der Werf (baritone sax), Nathalie Loriers (piano), Hendrik Braeckman (guitar), Jos Machtel (bass), Martijn Vink (drums).
Composed by Joni Mitchell, arranged and conducted by Michael Herr.
Recorded: De Bijloke Studio, Ghent, Belgium, February 7, 2007.
Rating: 93/100 (learn more)
The name David Linx may hardly register on the minds of American jazz fans, but that is their deficiency, not his. This Belgian singer has been building an outstanding body of work for many years, distinguished by his remarkable voice, interpretive skills and emotional honesty. He can sing, scat or even - as on "Black Crow" - dish out a fast-talking rhythmic monologue. On the Changing Faces CD, he joins forces with the Brussels Jazz Orchestra, and their reworking of this Joni Mitchell song is fresh and invigorating.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia