Joyce van de Pol’s reputation mainly resulted from her interpretational work for Pop-, R&B- and Soul-titles. With different projects, she went on tours covering Germany as well as its neighbouring countries, joined by the Australian guitar-legend Tommy Emmanuel and “Sting”-guitarist Dominic Miller. Furthermore, she worked on a regular basis as background vocalist for artists of different styles – like Cassandra Steen and Yvonne Catterfeld (Echo-award), to name only some.
With “Speak Low” the artist with Indonesian and Czech roots releases her first jazz album under her own name. The jazz singer with a diploma (Folkwang University of the arts, Essen) presents on her CD eleven songs balancing between jazz and pop.
The Kurt Weill-composition “Speak Low” represents the stylistic conception of this album: a peaceful atmosphere and a spectrum of different hues and humours with a basis of relaxed grooves. Using her voice, gifted with a matchless timbre as well as a secure feeling for a relaxed phrasing, Joyce van de Pol gives songs like those from George Harrison (While my guitar gently wheeps), James Taylor (How sweet it is) or the Chaka Kahn hit from the 90’s (Through the fire) her very own colour and depth. Interpretations from the American Song Book, like the Horace Silver classic “Nicas dream” or the great ballad “Detour Ahead”, which has somehow fallen into oblivion, emerge, newly arranged and re-harmonised, with striking coolness and individuality. The production receives its final polish with “At last”, a song coming from the blues/soul area, which Etta James brought 1961 to world wide fame, as well as “Love dance”, a composition by the Brazilian musician Ivan Lins and her own composition “It’s about time”. Drummer André Spajić, develops together with Walfried Böcker on contra bass and Felipe “Mandingo” Rengifo on percussion a variety of grooves, which bring a relaxed flow, specific to the style, into the songs and never seem to overdo it.
The arrangements of this production are coming from the piano player Thomas Hufschmidt. He worked together with numerous musicians of different styles, like Carla Bley, Albert Mangelsdorff, Steve Swallow, Jan Akkerman, Ack van Royen and Sydney Youngblood.
Joyce van de Pol – Vocals; Thomas Hufschmidt – Piano/keyboards; Walfried Böcker – Bass; André Spajić – Drums.
Guests:Ryan Carniaux – tp, flh (2, 4, 9;Filipe Mandingo Rengifo – perc (1, 2, 4, 6, 9);Rosa Kremp – background voc (7, 11);Renáta Hervoly – background voc (4);Sophia Hufschmidt – background voc (4, 7, 11;Maika Küster – background voc (4)