the city has always held a special fascination for me. For the past
20 years of my life wonderful things always happen to me in Berlin
Chris Bennett - "Live in Berlin"
- vocals, piano (except 3/5/12), Armando Castagnoli - alto saxophone,
Helmut Bruger - synth., piano on tracks 3/5/12, Stefan Weeke - bass,
Ernst Bier - drums, Mz. Bobbye Hall - additional percussion overdubs
If You Can Get It
& Ira Gershwin
|| H. Carmichael/
R. L. Tener
Advantage Of Me
|| R. Rodgers/
Could See Me Now
R. L. Tener
|| H. Arlen/
at the A-Trane Jazzclub Berlin, Germany August 15, 1998
Engineer - Wolf Blazejczak
Mixing - W. Blazejczak & Bob Loftus
Mastering - McKinley Marshall/ Brave New Media
city has always held a special fascination for me.
For the past
20 years of my life wonderful things always happen to me in Berlin.
The audiences are the best in the world - maybe because the people
are raised with an appreciation of music, theater and the arts -
they really know how to listen. It was my great pleasure to perform
there in the summer of 1998 and record this album "Live".
I first visited
Berlin in January of 1975.It was very different then - the city
was divided into East and West and the "Wall" that divided
the two cities was guarded by machine guns and barbed wire. There
was an energy in West Berlin that I had never experienced before.
The few times I visited the East I met people longing for freedom
and hungry for tales of what it is like to work in New York and
Los Angeles. The theater and music scene was vibrant on both sides
of the wall. The Germans love the arts and support them in a way
from which we Americans could take a lesson.
career began in Germany when I met Giorgio Moroder in Munich and
recorded my first albums with him and Pete Bellotte. It was the
era of "Disco" and Giorgio was the forefront of the music
at that time. I became the lead singer of THE MUNICH MACHINE and
worked with Giorgio on several projects including the "Theme
From Midnight Express" which I am happy to include on this
new CD. I learned to speak German and made many great friends before
moving back to Los Angeles in 1979.
In the summer
of 1998 one of those friends, Tom Cunningham, a gifted singer/ songwriter,
helped me to book an engagement at a summer Jazz Concert in the
English Garden Berlin. My musicians were Ernst Bier, Stefan Weeke,
Helmut Bruger, and my friend and sax player from Tahiti, Armando
Castagnoli. It was such a wonderful experience that I was invited
back the following summer and had the privilege to work again with
the same band. This time we added five shows at the A-TRANE, a beautiful
jazz club in Berlin. On the last night of that engagement we recorded
this album. I brought the tracks back to Venice Beach with me where
I added my dear friend, the great percussionist, Mz. Bobbye Hall,
to three of the tracks.
I hope we have
captured the joy of that hot, August night in Berlin on this album.
It was a night I will always remember. For those of you who hold
this CD in your hands - thank you for listening ! Music is truly
the international language. May it bring us closer to the understanding
that "we are all one" - CB