Reviews for: Anne Hartkamp Quintet

Jazzwise (GB), März 2012: This Year's Model (about the Cologne winterjazz festival, January, 2012; a very worthwile article by Stuart Nicholson)
"...On offer were a cross-section of some of Cologne's best young musicians. Here was jazz of an exceptionally high standard: vocalist Anne Hartkamp's quintet enough to scare a lot of aspiring young vocalists into another line of work..."

Ahlener Zeitung, 21. November 2011:
Jazz interpretations
With plenty of charm and verve, the "Anne Hartkamp Quartet" enchanted the jazz friends at Luedinghausen last Friday night. In the context of „Jazz at the Castle“, the singer from Cologne presented the contemporary style of jazz in the Luedinghausen Castle's chapter house. At times poetic, at times passionate, she skilfully played the gamut of varied atmospheres.
Her artistic effortlessness was shared by her fellow musicians Thomas Rückert (piano) and André Nendza on double bass. Together, the musicians brought the performed arrangements to life - to the delight of the audience. The foursome was completed by drummer Oliver Rehmann, giving his own musical imprint in addition to the vocals and accompaniment. In this way, the quartet wowed the audience with both original compositions and interpretations of contemporary jazz music for two hours, interacting playfully, be it in solos or in musical dialogues. Thus, they arrived at infusing the individual works with an exceeding degree of musical freshness. The audience, happily spellbound by the musicians' delight in playing and rewarding them after the finale with strong applause, was enthusiastic.
Helge Holz

RP Mönchengladbach, 24. Mai 2011:
Jazz songs at their best: Anne Hartkamp

By Garnet Manecke /translation: Sophia Hardt
Basically, everyone is able to interpret a song. Just take the lyrics, commit the melody to memory, and get started: in the discreet atmosphere of the own apartment or out on the big stage, depending on one's vocal possibilities.
This is something every child learns, and basically there is no one to turn this principle upside down. Except Anne Hartkamp. Whoever tries to cover one of her songs will all to soon hit the brick wall. This is not so much due t difficult lyrics. No, Anne Hartkamp varies her tones in pitch and pace in such a way that every inexperienced amateur singer imitating her will feel their vocal cords burning after no more than ten seconds. And those in need of a sip of water after every other note will not even for their own ears accomplish anything remotely acceptable.
At the BIS cultural centre's "Jazz Visions" concert, Anne Hartkamp masters this task. The audience repays her with applause. The self-experiment has shown: music may appear to be easy, but with Anne Hartkamp, it also takes some sweat. At the BIS, this cannot be heard but sometimes be observed while watching the musicians. Highly concentrated, pianist Thomas Rueckert gazes onto his sheet music while André Nendza slogs away at the bass, the body of drummer Oliver Rehmann appearing tense.
With "Fuer und Wider" (translating as "Pros and Cons"), Anne Hartkamp has not only written a song but also a challenge. But with lots of humour. "I don't know if it is evident to the ear, but I wrote this song while moving house", Anne Hartkamp introduces the song. A variety of considerations - which apartment is convenient, how to arrange the furniture, in which color to paint the walls - inspired her to write this piece. And so, the different aspects of a discourse are clearly detectable. What starts out harmless culminates, to the audience's sheer delight, in a veritable musical "catfight" with the drummer.
Along with her original compositions, Anne Hartkamp has also brought some classics with her in which her tender side is disclosed. With her versatile voice, the singer resembles a painter, wrenching in her paintings the seemingly impossible from the real world., 8. Dezember 2010:

a gee-whiz experience in 5 dimensions| Anne Hartkamp Quintet

Duesseldorf, 8.12.2010 | A friend from Bavaria comes along as a photographic reinforcement. Shortly before, briefing and quick spaghetti next door. The first 3 rows of seats are occupied, the Jazz-Schmiede well-attended on this evening. Close to 100 fans, full of anticipation, crowd the rows of seats. Today, the Anne Hartkamp Quintet are playing their first gig at the Jazzschmiede, featuring Anne Hartkamp (voc), Frank Delle (ts,cl), Thomas Rueckert (p), André Nendza (b) and Oliver Rehmann (dr).

The first pieces, among them "Dance No. 2", warm up band and audience alike. The compositions' unusual titles and backgrounds, as well, tune us in to the jazz composer's multifaceted diversity. The tune "43 things", for instance, was created when Anne Hartkamp chanced upon an internet page where people can create lists with 43 things they would like to do. Hence here, somewhat unorthodox, 43 impressions from this evening: Jazz, atmosphere, art, talent, photographs, beautiful bass, tempo, dynamic,fascination, Rothaus Tannenzäpfle beer – non-alcoholic -, diversity, expressive, Friday, vivacious, thrilling, fresh, audacious, experimental, lyricist, Cologne, interaction, radiance, cheerfulness, ENTHUSIASM, top-class, rapture, audience, Dance No.1, Dance No. 2, Anne Hartkamp, Quintet, Frank Delle, André Nendza, Oliver Rehmann, tuneful piano, duel, dialogue, atonal, vocal, admission, being a part, Cologne, Hamburg.

Artistically, too, the evening is appealing. The bass player grooves, singer Anne Hartkamp puts up a duel with Frank Delle holding up on his saxophone, Thomas Rueckert handling the grand piano with visible delight in playing, Oliver Rehmann educes a gentle scream from the cymbals, a hollow rumbling from the snare drum. "Dance No. 1" completes the arc. The evening is marked by amazing tonal variety and virtuosity.

Thrilling atmosphere. Once more the Jazzschmiede proves itself to be a terrific venue, making audience and artists feel at ease.

photoblog, 6.1.2011:
"Seeing Anne Hartkamp, one can tell the passion and intensity by which she is linked to music, immersing herself in it, offering it with all of her body and, above all, her voice - a genuine musical feast... in a close and electrifying dialogue with the saxophone..."

NGZ, 23. August 2010
(live review Neusser JazzSommerNacht 2010):
"Fervid JazzSummerNight
(...)  "Dance No. 1", starting out with breakneck runs, involved Anne Hartkamp and saxophonist Claudius Valk in a different kind of duel. Tempting to call it a verbal battle - but this dialog between the freely improvising voice and the tenor saxophone, however charged with meaning, went without words. In her new quintet, Hartkamp, who has forever been experimenting with the human voice's extremes, has found a congenial dialogue partner in Claudius Valk. With effervescent imagination he, too, likes to integrate the more marginal areas of his instrument's tonal possibilities into his playing: valve percussion, breath sounds or the clucking  "Slap Tongue"(...)

Saarbrücker Zeitung, August 2010:
"The ten tracks of the album "momentum" are tailored to Anne Hartkamp's subtle and multifaceted voice. Mostly relaxed, yet at times exuberant and bubbly, she is supported by her four associates on saxophone/clarinet, piano, bass, and drums.
Thelonious Monk and Bill Evans are taken on,
but most of the material bears the leader's signature, switching deftly and masterly between untamed experiments, sensuous softness and playful tonal explorations. This very spirited creation by the Anne Hartkamp Quintet was, by the way, produced by excellent guitarist Philipp van Endert."

"DER SPIEGEL", KulturSPIEGEL for June 2010, 31 May 2010:
"While the bulk of her colleagues seek sanctuary in rather shallow pop regions, the singer and composer, a Cologne resident, is heading stubbornly towards Jazz. On her new CD, after a couple of slow pieces, Hartkamp explodes in the eight minute "Dance No.1": unison intro with Claudius Valk's Saxophone, scat vocals, a cappella solo à la Bobby McFerrin. Applause!"

"", May2010:
"In her own way, yet with a sense for tradition, Anne Hartkamp sings her own as well as others' compositions (by Bill Evans und Thelonious Monk inter alii), making the listener feel on the one hand like "Bebop lives" and old Free Jazz were resurrected; on the other hand, Anne Hartkamp speaks and sings her own modern musical language, extending from deeply bluesy moods as in her original composition "Paper Bird" up to virtuoso percussive vocal acrobatics in "Für und wider". Excellent is the interplay with the band. Claudius Valk finds intoxicating solos, both with and without vocal participation, on soprano, tenor sax and bass clarinet. The rhythm section, comprising Thomas Rückert (piano), André Nendza (bass) und Oliver Rehmann (drums) consistently keeps the quintet on the move in a most creative way, counting without doubt among the best in Germany. (jn)"

"Jazzpodium", May 2010:
"...the concept of Anne Hartkamp, another Cologne resident, is much more jazzy. On "Momentum" (Jazzsick Records 4254-2), she substantially emphasizes two of the most important elements of Jazz: rhythm and improvisation. The barely noticeable way in which the well-rehearsed quintet advances from arranged parts to free spheres is exemplary. The interesting and diversified repertoire offers the new as well as the well-known - revised and sounding, in parts, completely new. The fascinating music would have deserved a more appropriate cover design." (Ulrich Roth)

"Diabolo", city magazine Oldenburg, 28.04.2010,
"For a long time, the name of Anne Hartkamp, composer and singer from Cologne, has been synonymous for high-class musical works. With this album, she dives deep into jazz harmony, generating a lot of classical jazz feeling and a stupendous sound. At times in slow tempo, then again swinging with the typical cool jazz spirit which has been filling fans with enthusiasm for decades, she sets the stage for her original compositions or pieces by Thelonious Monk and Bill Evans. For the Jazz novice, Momentum may be a hint too sophisticated, too intense. For fans, however, this is a highlight, for here, the "contemporary classical music" is paid homage to in every way.

Mojo Mendiola,, March 1, 2010

„Anne Hartkamp is not just a fine jazz singer. She’s a vocalist, applying and mastering her voice like an instrument. With the band “hartkamp“ and under the name “Magnolia“ she has been exploring her potentials in stylistically various projects and now puts all this experience together on one album – with a new line up and into a new whole. The balladic titles in the beginning maybe turned out a little too soft, and also they don’t sound too unique. But with “Dance No. 1“ the quintet picks up speed both vocally and instrumentally and from there on displays the high level of craftsmanship of all participants. Besides the combo leader these are Claudius Valk on saxophones and bass clarinet, Thomas Rückert on piano, André Nendza on bass – all of them musicians you don’t have to introduce anymore to the audience of contemporary Jazz in Germany – plus the young, highly talented Oliver Rehmann on drums. The tunes are mostly Hartkamp’s originals and make for an exciting vocal Jazz, neither remaining stuck to old idols nor flirting with the commercial success of the pseudo Jazz girlies. The larynx virtuoso sings, hollers, whispers, cheeps and coos with professional superiority and convincing passion. And with such a Lady up front the band puts in quite some momentum from their side – a brilliant debut for the new quintet.“

Jazzthetik Jazz magazine, March 2010
„... a musical environment for the singer to abandon herself to, without hesitation. And then, with her clear and flexible voice, to sing, to explore, to improvise. Or to tackle, sassily, Monk‘s „Well You Needn‘t“, with Claudius Valk indulging in a fervent, rough, brilliant tenor solo. Anne Hartkamp and her band deliver ten fresh sounding tunes. What else could you want from a good Jazz album?“

JazzThing Jazz magazine, March/April 2010
„Singer Anne Hartkamp, a Cologne resident, has in the past attracted attention with a number of different musical projects, but this quintet under her own name is newly formed. Here, she fully immerses herself in Jazz. The pieces, custom-tailored for her high voice by herself, are whacky („Run Easy“), full of vivaciousness („43 Things“) or nimble and  racy („Dance No.1“). In the latter, Hartkamp starts out delivering breathtaking lines in unison with soprano saxophonist Claudius Valk before, in an a cappella solo, demonstrating her mastery of the fine art of scat singing. The rhythm section, consisting of André Nendza and Oliver Rehmann, provides thorough grounding, and pianist Thomas Rückert proves himself a sensitive accompanist and master of style, especially in the three handpicked Standards. Besides „Tenderly“ and a Bill Evans song, Anne Hartkamp decided on Monk‘s „Well You Needn‘t“ - only few are likely to know that Blaine Emerson once wrote a set of lyrics for this composition.“ (rt)     

„Jazzpodium“ Jazz magazine, April, 2010
Introduction to a 2-page interview with Anne Hartkamp
„Gaining momentum
On the cover of her first CD under her full name [after albums with her song band, „hartkamp“, and the „Magnolia & van Endert“ duo], Anne Hartkamp faces the viewer with sparkling eyes and wide open mouth, as if singing or laughing or breathing a loud call into life. Whoever has had the opportunity to talk with her will clearly interpret this silent but, ultimately, very dynamic image as the moment of  a hearty laugh. It is this laughter, Anne Hartkamp’s laughter coming from the depths of the human resonator, a sound on the same wavelength as her singing, which is infectious for its cheerfulness. Just as infectious as her music which, strongly characterized by improvisation, showcases the singer Anne Hartkamp as a swinging artist, obsessed with both lightness and passion. (...) she gains a kind of momentum that won’t be reaching its end for a long time yet.“