Inger Marie Gundersen Make This Moment on Limited Edition 180g Import LP
Limited Edition of 1000 Copies
Norwegian jazz vocalist Inger Marie Gundersen waited for many years before she ventured upon a solo career, but she has ample experience from many years’ activities in the music field. For twenty years she has been active as vocalist in several bands, ranging from a youthful rock band to a six year period as lead singer of a jazz big band. She has also fronted her own jazz quintet My Favorite Strings, as well as collaborating with several excellent jazz musicians, among them Tom Lund, one of Norway’s finest Latin jazz-guitarists, founder of the renowned group Trio de Janeiro.
Having thus gathered a lot of experience and "paid her dues," Inger Marie finally decided to enter the studio to record her debut solo album Make This Moment. The time was right. Years of singing had matured her voice into an instrument of impressive sensitivity and perfection. Producer Lars Martin Myhre, himself a brilliant musician and a major artist in Norway, says that never has he got a bigger surprise than the one he got when Inger Marie started singing in the studio. She was displaying a voice so controlled, so beautiful and so personal at her first recording date, that the seasoned producer was left with his mouth open, stunned in admiration of the awareness and the warm and direct communication in her voice.
Make This Moment was originally released in Norway in October of 2004, and received rave reviews and instant recognition by jazz affectionados. After some months Inger Marie's voice started touching hearts and impressing music lovers in places far from Norway. Japanese record buyers discovered her album, which started selling hundreds, then thousands in Japanese record stores. Record companies in Korea, The Philippines, Hong Kong, and soon also Japan, licensed the album and launched local releases. Now the album has been released in most of Asia, as well as in Europe, and has touched the hearts and souls of thousands of listeners.
"[Make This Moment] is a nice reminder that vocal performances do not always have to be unbridled exhibitions of melismatic acrobatics. Indeed the hallmark of the album is an admirable restraint, and even austerity in the vocals and instrumentation... Make This Moment is an encouraging debut solo recording by a promising talent. Gundersen and her band treat their material with the utmost respect and delicacy. The album is a refreshingly tasteful affair." - Stephen Latessa, allaboutjazz.com
- Inger Marie Gundersen (vocals)
- Oscar Jansen (piano)
- Ole Kristian Kvamme (bass)
- Geir Age Johnsen (drums)
- Kristoffer Hansen (piano)
- Per Sigmond (trumpet)
- Olvind G. Stomer (saxophone)
Inger Marie Gundersen Make This Moment Track Listing:
1. Let It Be Me
2. Make This Moment
3. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
4. Just A Song Before I Go
5. Melancholy Blue
6. Song For You Far Away
7. But Beautiful
8. Always On My Mind
9. Blame It On My Youth