Rebekka Bakken–The Art Of How To Sing

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I hadn’t seen Rebekka live for quite a while until yesterday’s concert at the Conde Duque in Madrid and I was truly surprised having forgotten how great a performer and songwriter she is. Rebekka performed with a quartet she hadn’t played with for about 2 years, but still the musicians Børge Pedersen – Øverleir (guitar), Rune Arnesen (drums) and Lars Danielsson (bass) seemingly enjoyed the evening and playing together again. Arnesen, known for his works with Nils Petter Molvaer among others, is a drummer for all emotions, Pedersen- Øverleir a guitarist who can play anything and rocks amazingly when needed, all given a steady and intelligent heartbeat by Danish bass player Lars Danielsson – and Rebekka is holding all this together with her amazing voice and confident stage performance. She played mainly her own songs, as her latest record of Tom Waits tunes is a Big Band album, but she still performed three powerful tracks from that recording, including the title track Little Drop Of Poison. The rest came from her other 5 discs, released over the course of 12 years since her amazing first album The Art Of How To Fall (2003) and two very new songs she wrote recently. What is truly incredible is that she jumps from Tom Waits to her own material and from a quiet and touching ballad into a rocker like Powder Room Collapse, reminiscent in groove and power of performance of Janis Joplin, to a hauntingly beautiful Norwegian song; starting alone, then building up with sound created by all musicians and ending in something Pink Floyd would have been proud of. Sometimes starting a song simply accompanying herself on piano, which she is playing very well, then the rest of the band coming in and taking the song where it should go emotionally. With a voice of the quality she has and the control she displays, it is no wonder that she can make you smile or cry or just listen in wonder about what she is able to do with her instrument. Is what she does jazz and is she a jazz singer? Who honestly cares? She is a great singer and songwriter. Period! If you get a chance to see her perform, not matter what band she is playing with, just go – you’ll be amazed about the musical variety presented, which is all part of the artist Rebekka Bakken.

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