Only voice and bassguitar-does this work? The singer Sabine Reimer, and the bass guitar player Markus Setzer, show on their fourth album 'Together', how wonderfully this combination works. Anyone who had the opportunity to see one of their concerts in their European tour, the highlight of which was their performance at the Jazz festival in Riga (Latvia), with Bill Bruford (YES, Peter Gabriel, King Crimson), could see that in the last 7 years the duo have developed a perfect unity. The joy with which they perform is also reflected on 'together'. This is especially so on titles such as,autumn's coming', and,time', where wonderful freely improvised passages alternate with fascinating grooves. The two musicians practice their combined playing with great sensitivity and a tremendous dynamic. The knowledge they have of their art form and their viruoso solo playing is often spoken about in the press. As well, they always have a surprise for their listeners in their repetoire-loving variety in the music, they perform funk, folk, and pop ballads in an impressive and perfect style. The album is rounded off with the jazz-blues,ain't no shoes'. A wonderful new attribute on their CD are the songs in the German language like,schattenmond' (Shadow Moon), or,abschied' (Farewell). Here the music of reimer | setzer is still very transparent, but with these songs it gets it's own beautiful intimacy. That Sabine Reimer has an expressive and fascinating voice, she has already shown on the radio and television. With her singing she let's her listeners feel tingling in their spines, and tears in their eyes. On 'together' she also shows her talent for writing poetic texts, of great depth. Markus Setzer celebrates his part in this duo with total freedom. He leaves the traditional role of a bassplayer and takes up the task as a whole band player with great ease. On this album he shows once again that he belongs with the top of the European bass scene. There are two years between 'The Inner Light' and 'together' but the waiting was well worth it; reimer | setzer have made a big step forward. On 'together' you can hear fully developed compositions performed by a duo who have found the perfect symbiosis.
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