Reviews Magnolia & van Endert

Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, November 2009
"... the both vivacious and lyrical „Magnolia & van Endert“ duo that eludes any categorization. With her multifaceted voice, singer Anne Hartkamp shifts between composed and improvised parts, surprising and challenging the listener in congenial interplay with guitarist extraordinaire Philipp van Endert – clearly a Highlight of the 19. "Huerther Jazznacht" festival."

DER SPIEGEL / KulturSPIEGEL, 30.04.2007, CD recommendation:

"Magnolia & van Endert: "Humpty's Amazing Boogie Pencil"(JazzSick). As a duo, with voice and guitar only, singer Magnolia (aka Anne Hartkamp) and van Endert perform compositions by Jazz giants such as Ornette Coleman and Charles Mingus. And, surprisingly, that which is usually presented by horns sounds great!"

dpa (Deutsche Presse-Agentur):

Virtuosic play: Magnolia & van Endert
Hamburg (dpa)
The musicians behind the Jazz duo "Magnolia & van Endert" are vocal artist Anne Hartkamp and her much asked-for duo partner, Philipp van Endert, who come up with a wild delight in playing and surprising sounds on their album "Humpty's Amazing Boogie Pencil".
The opener already is a challenge: "Open Your Eyes You Can Fly" is what you'd call a highlight of music. Terrific and bold, Anne Hartkamp's intense interpretation. She screams, lilts, moans her way through the piece (she does sing, as well!) - with an undreamt-of impact on the listener: hair stands on end, goosepimples appear, and the administration of oxygen to the brain increases.
Attuned in this way, with an alert mind, one devotes the due attention to the remaining tracks, as well. Less vocal emotion, but more instrumental virtuosity is displayed in the presentation of "Turnaround", a classic by Ornette Coleman who also wrote "Humpty Dumpty".
Unique, the way in which voice and guitar converse, interacting at their best. Van Endert knows which string to pull to tell a lot with just a few well-chosen notes. Very flowery. Henry Mancini's "Nothing To Lose", very surprising the Aerosmith song "Amazing", and very lively "Boogie Stop Shuffle", a Mingus composition. With a rich abundance of ideas and joy of playing , the duo lends to each composition a different mood. Wild it may be, audacious, meditative, funny. And those who have not realized before what an amazing instrument the human voice can be are recommended to listen to "Passion Dance" (by McCoy Tyner). This fresh adaptation has an enormous drive, starting with an intense vocal solo and boasting a downright extraordinary improvisation on the guitar.
"Humpty's Amazing Boogie Pencil" offers much interaction between both artists, impressive guitar playing vocal pyrotechnics at the highest level, interesting arrangements, beautiful melodies - a joy for the ears. And the album title is made up of fragments of individual song titles, including the original composition "Favorite Pencil" which didn't make it on the album as had been the intention.    (May 2007, dpa)

Rheinische Post, 19.01.2008, Mojo Mendiola
Magnolia's bagful of goodies
To scat, this art of vocal juggling with nonsense syllables, the Biblical quote applies: "many are called, but few are chosen". If, currently, such chosen ones exist, Magnolia (Anne Hartkamp) certainly is one of them. Together with her equally outstanding guitarist Philipp van Endert she introduced a repertoire of exquisite finesse at the "Jazzkeller".
It does take quite a lot of courage to perform tunes by Ornette Coleman, Wayne Shorter, or McCoy Tyner, which are neither easy nor originally designed for vocals, in this duo setting. And if, then, this is accomplished in such competent and virtuosic ways as by Magnolia and van Endert, one can confidently call it one of Jazz's magic moments.
Magnolia played her voice mostly in the high and medium registers, with high-precision phrasing; singing, squeaking, grunting, hissing and chirping, orientalizing or humorously hinting at Mickey Mouse - and in all this generating a stupendous impact. Occasionally, she sang Cassandra Wilson or Bobby McFerrin songs, as if just for relaxation.
Van Endert did not only play the guitar excellently, sometimes en passant implying bass and other instruments, but improvised with the greatest ease, light as a feather, delivering each note with perfect timing. Thus it went on, a quick succession of animated dialogues. With Charles Mingus' "Boogie Stop Shuffle", the duo really rocked the place.La Hartkamp mastered the speediest series of syllables in superb unison with van Endert's runs, unflinchingly scatting her way through the theme, with him cavortin on top, brilliant, Mingus-like, finally delivering a breathtakingly dense firework of the most splendid array of timbres. This way each bar of music turned into a lucky bagful of goodies.

Hohenloher Tagblatt / Südwest Presse, 15.01.2008

„Anne Hartkamp and Philipp van Endert at the Haller Hospitalkirche
The voice, airborne
... exciting conversation between guitar and voice. They fathom a vast array of timbres and sounds. With a lot of power and passion, Anne Hartkamp ... lets her voice take melodic flight in Chick Corea's "Open your Eyes You can Fly".
Her vocal art - sometimes with but mostly without words - enters into a multifarious dialogue with van Endert's guitar playing which is as sensitive as it is powerful. The two musicians afford each other free space, improvising and challenging acoustic limitations... amazing.
The experimentiveness with which the two artists immerse themselves in their jazz heroes' compositions is what makes their music so charming, leading them to unearth all sorts of treasures. Ornette Coleman's "Humpty Dumpty", for instance, sounds fanciful and lyrical with Hartkamp and van Endert passing each other the pizzicato notes like ping-pong balls. With Henry Manicini's "Nothing To Lose", voice and guitar paint a calm acoustic image in Bossa Nova hues... With "Jubilee", the duo pays tribute to the famous vocal acrobat Bobby McFerrin. A buoyant kind of music, full of joie de vivre, that puts you in a good mood and does without words.
As reduced as the tools of vocals and guitar may seem, "Magnolia & van Endert" cannot be bothered. Together, they create a colourful and multifaceted jazz world..."

RP Mönchengladbach, 17.3.2008, Garnet Manecke
"Duo präsentierte "Helden" des Jazz
Die Jazz-Visions im BIS sind immer wieder für eine Überraschung gut. Diesmal gab es für die Gäste eine musikalische Einkaufsliste. "Helden" des Jazz stehen da drauf. Zusammengestellt wurde sie vom Duo Magnolia & van Endert. Hinter dem Namen stehen die Sängerin Anne Hartkamp und Gitarrist Philipp van Endert. Gemeinsam stellten sie ihre Helden des Jazz vor und weckten mit ihrer Musik Lust auf mehr.
Der erste Held auf der Liste ist der Pianist Chick Corea. Mit seinem Song "Open your eyes, you can fly", der in den 70ern von der Jazz-Sängerin Flora Purim gesungen wurde, eröffneten Hartkamp und van Endert den Abend. Und tatsächlich, wer Anne Hartkamp singen hört, sich dem Variationsreichtum ihrer Stimme hingibt, bei dem stellt sich eine gewisse Leichtigkeit des Seins ein. Besonders wenn der Zuhörer seine Augen schließt und sich ganz der Musik überlässt. "Ein sehr schönes Stück", schwärmt Hartkamp von dem Macher Chick Corea. "Auch im Original". Das Bonmot, das ein bisschen Eigenlob durchschimmern lässt, trifft es. Denn schon jetzt hat die Sängerin das Publikum gewonnen. Zum Applaus kommen erste Bravo-Rufe hinzu.
Und so geht es an dem Abend weiter. Zu Corea gesellen sich Ornette Coleman, Herb Alpert, Wayne Shorter, Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Charles Mingus und andere Größen der Jazz-Szene. Magnolia & van Endert huldigen ihnen mit einer Begeisterung, die gar nicht anders kann, als auf das Publikum überzuspringen. Bewunderung, Leidenschaft und Hingabe liegen gleichermaßen in ihren Interpretationen. Dabei singt Hartkamp nicht einfach Texte, vielmehr spielt sie auf ihren Stimmbändern. Das ist anstrengend, und zuweilen sieht man ihr diese Anstrengung auch an.
Während des Abends werfen sich die beiden die musikalischen Bälle zu, nehmen sie auf, dribbeln die Töne durch den Raum, umkreisen sich, laufen in dieselbe Richtung, um dann eine Kehrtwende zu machen und auf getrennten Spielfeldern weiter zu spielen. Da haben sich zwei gefunden, die einander perfekt ergänzen. Hartkamps Stimme haucht, schmilzt, verführt, provoziert und amüsiert. Van Endert ist das Pendant an der Gitarre dazu.
Das Publikum reagiert: Von Stück zu Stück wird der Applaus lauter und heftiger. Die Zuhörer richten sich gerade auf, um ja keinen Ton zu verpassen. Eine schönere Form der Huldigung ihrer Jazz-Helden hätte das Duo Magnolia / Van Endert kaum finden können."