NEWS

NOVEMBER CONCERTS! (DK & GERMANY) 🎶💥🍁 ✨ 

NEXT WEEK…Nov 2 - 5!!🎶🍁💥🔥 

✨ LILLY feat. GILAD HEKSELMAN & KIRK KNUFFKE ✨ 

💥 Nov 2, DEXTER, Odense 

💥 Nov 3, JAZZCENTRET, Aalborg 

💥 Nov 4, VIFTEN, Rødovre 

💥 Nov 5, NICOLAISAAL, Potsdam, Berlin 

After five wonderful concerts in DK in September, Gilad and Kirk, will be back for the part 2 of the postponed releasetour for the album, The Song Is You, that was released by Challenge Records/Double Moon in spring. 

I hope to see you!! 

Much love, 

Lilly ❤️ 

Here below are a few words about the album that was very wellreceived by the press. More info at https://www.lillysongs.com/news 

“Authenticity, intensity and nerve” / 

GAFFA ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

“ her interpretations offer an emotionally deep, truthful view, due to which these standards thus become her own songs” / Jazzthing, Germany 

““Fresh interpretations of the great American songbook” / Politiken ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 

“ LILLY: The Song is you | 
Charming, fresh and airy, but also profound and full of delicate power, that's how the music of Lilly sounds. 
(…) Lilly has taken the title to heart. She becomes one with these jazz songs. The singer has created very personal interpretations together with the Israeli guitarist Gilad Hekselman and the US cornet player Kirk Knuffke. Hekselman in particular becomes a perfect one-man orchestra on the album: rhythm, harmony, even melody and atmosphere, he delivers all this with brilliant ease and pithy grounding. Kirk Knuffke's cornet adds a tastefully tense tonal spice. A lively, extremely appealing album is what Lilly's "The song is you" has become. A discovery worth making!" 

/ Bayerisher Rundfunk -Klassik/Jazztime 

“Lilly tells with her warm voice and  her heartfelt expression that she is able to give these immortal songs, which have been recorded thousands of times, something deeply personal” / Tor Hammerø, Nettavisen & Tor de Jazz, Norge 

 

🎈 The Asiaproject 2021-23! ✨🎶  

MORE GREAT NEWS! 🔥

Two days after my first CD release in Japan.. I am VERY HAPPY to announce that I have been selected by an international jury from Japan, China and South Korea to be one of three new participants of The Asiaproject (2021-23) by JazzDanmark! 🎉 

THANK YOU SO MUCH! 🙏 I am very grateful, exited and happy and I am looking forward to it all! 🥳🎶 

Much love, Lilly ❤️ 

#jazzdanmark #asienprojektet #jazz #internationalpanel #japan #china #southkorea #grateful #happy #exited #lifeonearth 

P.S. 

More info in the link below.. in Danish though 😘

https://jazzdanmark.dk/artikler/asienprojektet-sidste-deltagere-er-fundet

 

 

CD RELEASE IN JAPAN!! ✨🎉🇯🇵📀❤️ 

✨TODAY… TENDERLY feat. Gilad Hekselman is released by Disk Union in Japan  🇯🇵🎶🎉 via their jazz label, Somethin’ Cool! 🐾 

I am VERY happy and exited to annonce this! I released this album digitally in 2017 and it received rave reviews in the US and Denmark. It was a.o. also selected as TOP 5 BEST VOCAL RELEASE 2017 by The New York City Jazz Record 🙏✨ 

So, it’s really nice that anyone who have asked for a CD copy are now able to get hold of one 📀.. and of course also that it is now available in CD stores in Japan! 🇯🇵🙌 Hopefully many Japanese people will find their way to it! It’s also possible to order via Amazon e.g. … the cover- and linernotes are in Japanese though ☺️ I am looking forward to come and play in-store concerts a.o. one fine day, when the pandemic situation in Japan allows it again! 🎶 Until then… please feel free to enjoy it (also) on CD now! 📀 … and stay tuned for more news soon about a.o. upcoming concerts in Denmark & Germany, Sep 8-12 & Nov 2-5 with Gilad Hekselman & Kirk Knuffke! 🎶💥💥 

Much love, Lilly🤗❤️ 

https://diskunion.net/jazz/ct/detail/1008325127 

#JAPAN #CDRELEASE #DISKUNION  #SOMETHINCOOL #JAZZ #TENDERLY

Here is a photo of the Disk Union Kichijoji store.

THANK YOU GRENAA!! ❤️ 🎶✨ What a F A N T A S T I C night yesterday in the silo on the harbour! ✨🌊  

🎶✨🌊 What a beautiful first concert with these two fabulous musicians and an audience that gave us a standing ovation 💥💥💥 I am SO grateful! 🙏 Much love, Lilly ❤️ 

#jazz #music #grenaa #silo #Pavillonen #summertime #premiere #newconstellation #songwriters #newlyrics #evergreensinnewcolours #playfullness #joy #lilly #vocal  #madsoleerhardsen #tenorsax #newcrooner #drummer #thomassejthen #doublebass #grateful #lifeonearth #❤️
 

✨LILLY  (vocals)  feat.✨MADS OLE ERHARDSEN (tenor sax, vocal, drums) & ✨THOMAS SEJTHEN (double bass)

✨LILLY  (vocals)  feat.✨MADS OLE ERHARDSEN (tenor sax, vocal, drums) & ✨THOMAS SEJTHEN (double bass)

NEW EXITING COLLABORATON: Premiere concert July 29th ✨LILLY  (vocals)  feat.✨MADS OLE ERHARDSEN (tenor sax, vocal, drums) & ✨THOMAS SEJTHEN (double bass)  

Yay!  NOW on THURSDAY 29 JULY at 19!  In Grenå, in the silo at the harbor!  🎶🌊💥 

Don’t miss this brand new and exciting musical collaboration that can be experienced in the summer evening light for the first time! 

Hope to see you!  ❤️ Love, Lilly

✨LILLY  (vocals)  feat.✨MADS OLE ERHARDSEN (tenor sax, vocal, drums) & ✨THOMAS SEJTHEN (double bass) 

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY! 🎶🌎🎉 I am very happy and grateful to be presented by JazzDayGermay 2021 as one of 50 Jazz artists!🙏❤️ 

I am very happy and grateful to be presented as one of 50 jazz artists by JazzDayGermany that a.o. have this beautiful statement: “Together with musicians from Germany, German-speaking countries, many others from Europe and all over the world, we want to show how diverse, creative, inspiring and entrancing jazz music can be. So we celebrate the day that is "our'" day: International Jazz Day together with the whole world.” 

This year they also cooperate with Jazzahead (tradefair and festival). 

I am looking forward to check out the other jazz artists that I am featured among! You can check it out also here:https://www.jazzdaygermany.de/home.html

Much love,

Lilly ❤️

AWESOME presentation, talk and text from Bayerisher Rundfunk - klassik / Jazztime! ❤️🎶🙏✨ 

Thanks a lot, Bayerisher Rundfunk - Klassik / Jazztime for featuring and speaking so nicely and enthusiastically about my new album, The Song Is You, feat. Gilad Hekselman & Kirk Knuffke! I at least understood the word... „grossartig“ ☺️... but after one more listen, I now also heard expressions like: “sensationell schön“... „personality pure“... „unmittelbar“.. „unverkünstlich“ 🙏❤️ If you understand (some) German like me (or maybe just enjoy to listen to it), then you can listen to the talk between Beate Sampson, Roland Spiegel and Ulli Habersetzer from about 44:17.  
Here’s the link:
https://www.br-klassik.de/themen/jazz-und-weltmusik/hoeren-wir-gutes-13042021-jazztime-100.html
The program should be available for a week! ☀️🌱🌸 

They also wrote very nicely about it on the program-website. Here is a translation in English:

"LILLY: The Song is you | 
Charming, fresh and airy, but also profound and full of delicate power, that's how the music of Lilly sounds. 
Lilly-Ann Hertzmann, singer from Denmark, has named her new album "The Song is you" and on it there are mainly jazz standards. And: Lilly has taken the title to heart. She becomes one with these jazz songs. The singer has created very personal interpretations together with the Israeli guitarist Gilad Hekselman and the US cornet player Kirk Knuffke. Hekselman in particular becomes a perfect one-man orchestra on the album: rhythm, harmony, even melody and atmosphere, he delivers all this with brilliant ease and pithy grounding. Kirk Knuffke's cornet adds a tastefully tense tonal spice. A lively, extremely appealing album is what Lilly's "The song is you" has become. A discovery worth making!"

Thanks a lot also for those fine words! 🙏❤️ See German text on the photo below or via the link above. 
 

❤️❤️❤️❤️ four fine hearts from POLITIKEN! 

 

THANK YOU, Henrik Palle, for repeated listening and fine and whimsical writing about my new album, The Song Is You, feat. Gilad Hekselman & Kirk Knuffke in todays POLITIKEN! It's a lot more column space than I had dared to hope for ... and in 2021 with all the great music from amazing musicians released every single day! 💥🎶🌏 I'm happy and grateful to have the honor today 🤗🙏❤️ 

Link to review in the digital Politiken: https://politiken.dk/kultur/musik/art8144526/Hendes-nye-plade-kan-meget-vel-blive-en-af-forårets-favoritter

Here is a translation: 

“Fresh interpretations of the great American songbook. 

Vocalist Lilly interprets low-key iconic standards and manages to coax new aspects and add something new - thanks in part to elegant accompaniment by guitar and cornet. 

It's brave what Danish vocalist Lilly tries on her latest longplayer. In more ways than one. 

Firstly, it's cheeky to name the release after the standard 'The Song Is You', that wonderful 1932 ballad written by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein for the show 'Music In The Air'. For 55 years ago, another Danish (though Portuguese-born) legend, Pedro Biker, released an album of the same title - and it's an unobtainable cult classic, costing the same as a Y chair in a reasonably playable vinyl copy. So those are big shoes to step into, one must say. 

Secondly, The Great American Songbook is such a thoroughly anthological phenomenon that one can get quite weary just thinking about yet another rendering of its greatest hits, 'That Old Feeling' (which Chet Baker delivered a somewhat definitive version of on 'Chet Baker Sings' way back in 1954) or the title track, which in addition to Biker also has a certain Frank Sinatra on the list of interpreters. Just to name a few. 

Fortunately, you can pack your anxiety and ennui away in the drag box. For while Lilly may not revolutionize the way we look at the songs we know and love, she and her musical cronies perform them with an immediacy and a willingness to tune out the minutiae that actually makes them sound fresh and anything but spoiled. That in itself is a commendable achievement, when the field of both standards interpreters and jazz vocalists is so strong, historic and current. 

Lilly, whose name on her birth certificate is Lilly-Ann Hertzman and who has several highly acclaimed albums to her credit, joins quite a broad musical stream as a vocalist: her bright voice and artless, clean delivery speak of kinship with Monica Zetterlund, our own Lise Reinau and other voices. 

Her strength is not so much a strong swinging attack, but an ingratiating and melodic approach to the material. She sings the songs without deconstructive mannerisms or contrived rephrasings. And there's no need to knock her for that when we're dealing with evergreens that have long since proven their worth beyond the individual vocalist or arranger. 

Guitarist Gilad Hekselman stands distinguished beside her with his extremely calm, pristine and thoughtful guitar playing. Like her, he doesn't strain unnecessarily to twist melodies out of joint, creating never-before-heard sounds and tones. In return, he creates low-key beauty that almost makes your eardrums spin like a cuddly cat. 

It's just so delicious to listen to, and when cornet player Kirk Knuffke, who is no stranger to Danish jazz listeners, among other things because of his fine collaboration with the New Jungle Orchestra, joins in the fun with his discreet modernism and soft tone, the music lifts itself a level. 

That's the detail 

Very often the payoff is in the detail on second listen. As when Freddie Hubbard's - indeed, not just the most obvious stuff from the treasure chest of songs - 'Up Jumped Spring' is given some subtle colouratura as a musical counterpoint to the melody line. Elsewhere, listen out for Hekselman's percussion work, which is also both funky shit and elegant pulse underscoring. 

Most original is probably the version of the folk classic 'Scarborough Fair', which makes most people think of the pop duo Simon & Garfunkel and their 1966 LP 'Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme'. But it's a good one to forget. Instead, the traditional song is served up in an ethereal-sounding version, with Knuffke's spiritual horn bringing to mind our own Palle Mikkelborg. Hekselman creates an edge, and everything blends into a wonderful whole. 

Lilly is also a fine songwriter. And her 'Five Wild Geese' is an example of that. 

It's a lovely record, nothing less. It may well become a regular on the stereo in the coming months, when the sun is gaining strength and the world is opening up, poof by poof, pleasantly but without chasing”

 

GREAT review from Norway by Tor Hammerø! 🎶🙏❤️🤗 

THANK YOU, Tor Hammerø! ❤️🙏 I am very happy and grateful that, The Song Is You, has received a very nice and fine review from Norway.. and it’s actually also my first ever from this beautiful and jazzloving country 🎶☀️🌱🏔🤗 

It is pusblished in Nettavisen here: https://www.nettavisen.no/plateanmeldelse/musikk/jazz/flott-ny-stemme/r/5-95-212233?fbclid=IwAR1K0ShcgOHLINUKlOKC3Kb7lJjPNt6sBv9Zz8rAKK0LYyZmn4Sc4---NGo

But, it can also be found here at Tor De Jazz 😘 https://torhammero.blogg.no/flott-ny-stemme-4.html from where I add the photo-collage below.

Here is an translation to English: 

GREAT «NEW» VOICE 
  Never heard of the Danish vocalist Lilly before?  Take it easy - then we are at least two.  Now you are warned anyway: she is well worth spending quality time with. 

Increasingly, Tor de Jazz is also being noticed far beyond the country's borders.  It is of course nice and it has, among other things, led to the meeting with Lilly, who will probably react if she is accused as Lilly-Ann Hertzman as well.  It has actually been a very pleasant meeting. 

 Lilly (47) has had four releases on her conscience since 2006. Much of the material has previously been written by Lilly and one of the albums, "Menneskeblomst", consists of Danish lyrics.  On her previous album, "Tenderly" from 2017, it was one of her great musical loves, the American songbook, that was on the repertoire. 

 The brilliant Israeli but US-resident guitarist Gilad Hekselman was Lilly's only travel companion on "Tenderly", but it was obviously tempting to repeat and when Lilly set course for New York in late summer 2019, Hekselman was booked again for completely understandable reasons. 

 This time, the exclusive duo has been expanded to a trio of seven of the ten songs.  Top-class cornet player, Kirk Knuffke, whom we recently met in another exquisite trio collaboration with Thommy Andersson and Josefine Cronholm, gives this treasure exactly the personal spice it asks for every time he puts the cornet to his lips. 

 With eight standard songs such as "If You Could See Me Now", "It Might as Well Be Spring" and Horace Silver's "Lonely Woman", as well as an original song and a beautiful version of the trad song "Scarborough Fair", Lilly tells with her warm voice and  her heartfelt expression that she is able to give these immortal songs, which have been recorded thousands of times, something deeply personal. 

 Hekselman, on both electric and acoustic guitar, is so definitely helping to lift the treasure to new places and that it was a warm, relaxed, but at the same time ambitious atmosphere in the studio in Brooklyn the day it was recorded, comes out very clearly through the speakers  . 

 So it took a while before Lilly's and my paths crossed.  It was very high time it should show.  "The Song Is You" is timeless music for all seasons and for many years.”

 

 

Another GREAT review from Germany! 🎶🙏❤️💥 This time from Musikansich.de  

Thanks a lot to Wolfgang Giese from Musicansich.de! The new album, The Song Is You, is rated 17 out of 20, and so is placed in the category: Sehr empfehlenswert, that means: Highly Recommended! 
But...furthermore it receives a really nice and thorough review as well! Here is the link to the review in German: https://www.musikansich.de/review.php?id=22117  
 

Here is an English translation:

The subtitle reads: "Feat. Gilad Hekselman & Kirk Knuffke. Yes, there are 
three of them. Lilly, real name Lilly-Ann Hertzman is a singer, songwriter 
and producer. She hails from Denmark, a child of Japanese and Danish 
parents. Her influences range from jazz to the singer/songwriter genre and 
folk to pop. 

She has been releasing records regularly since 2015, in both English and 
Danish. Most recently, there was a duo album with guitarist Gilad Hekselman 
in 2017. The Israeli-born musician is also on board for The Song Is You, as 
is U.S. cornet player Kirk Knuffke. 

What is striking about the album's song selection is that, with the 
exception of two tracks ("Scarborough Fair" - a traditional and "Five Wild 
Geese" - an original composition), it consists exclusively of jazz 
standards. And that usually requires a good hand, especially since as a 
listener one may often be inclined to go with originals or other well-known 
interpretations. And so I find it very gratifying that the three don't cling 
tightly and rigidly to well-known versions of the standards in question, but 
invest their own imaginations to create individual interpretations. 

"If You Could See Me Now" starts as a pure vocal-guitar duet, with Gilad 
Hekselman adding a special accent with his acoustic guitar. This is 
extremely sensitively done, the delicate, soft and smooth voice nestling 
with the guitar to form a whole, quite dreamy and encouraging to let the 
thoughts fly. 

"Up Jumped Spring" is one of the seven entries for cornetist Kirk Knuffke, 
the other three songs are in duet format. This lightly lilting song shows 
Hekselman deftly embellishing the arrangement while also taking on a strong 
rhythmic role. And on top of that, he sensitively accommodates his solo 
work, giving the song a playful and wide-ranging expression through the 
various facets of his guitar playing. 

And so all the remaining songs are also strongly marked by the versatility 
and wide range of guitarist Hekselman. From my point of view Lilly carries 
different elements of expression, from jazz sometimes Abbey Lincoln comes to 
the fore, but also the folky variant of a Joni Mitchell should be 
considered. All songs have in common that the protagonist conveys a strong 
emotional impression through her very sensitive voice, very personally 
marked. And this comes especially to the fore in the original composition 
"Five Wild Geese". Here, the various musical influences are very aptly 
matched and merged. 

Kirk Knuffke always brings the strongest jazz part into the songs with his 
contributions, influenced by modern oriented trumpet/cornet players. For 
example, he is instrumental in "modernizing" Duke Ellington's very familiar 
standard, "Prelude To A Kiss." "Scarborough Fair," the traditional English 
tune, has become one of the most unusual songs on the album. The origin of 
the song in the Middle Ages, including the atmosphere of that time, is 
transferred to the present time with what we know from the interpretation of 
Simon & Garfunkel, enriched with jazz, to a very individual sound.

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More nice words from Germany.. this time from Jazz-Fun.de! 🎶🙏☀️❤️ 

Thanks a lot, Jazz-Fun for really nice words about the new album! 
 Here translated to English:  

Jazz-fun.de thinks:
Lilly uses musical language in an extremely delicate way, not imposing her version of the story, but using the magic of mood and climate. The album offers us a variety of jazz experiences on a very high artistic level” / jazz-fun.de

Here in German...
jazz-fun.de meint: 
“Lilly nutzt die musikalische Sprache auf äußerst delikate Weise, indem sie ihre Version der Geschichte nicht aufdrängt, sondern die Magie von Stimmung und Klima nutzt. Das Album bietet uns eine Vielfalt an Jazzerlebnissen auf einem sehr hohen künstlerischen Niveau”.

Here is the direct link to the full feature in German:  https://www.jazz-fun.de/lilly-feat-gilad-hekselman-kirk-knuffke-the-song-is-you.html 

 

Really nice review from Jazz Thing in Germany! 🙏🎶❤️ 

Thanks a lot, Jazz thing, for a very nice and first review from Germany!

Below is a screenshot from the site. Here is the direct link https://www.jazzthing.de/review/lilly-the-song-is-you/

Here is a translation to English:

“Once again an album on which jazz standards are sung. But in contrast to some other colleagues, the Japanese-Danish singer Lilly and her two New York accompanists Gilad Hekselman (guitar) and Kirk Knuffke (cornet) show that in this so-called supreme discipline of jazz, the motto should always be empathy, surprise and also another level of interpretation. For when an artist dares to tackle such songs as "My Foolish Heart", "Prelude To A Kiss", "That Old Feeling" or "The Song Is You", he wants to emphasize the substance or essence of the song, but ideally also to make a piece sound not immediately recognizable or old-fashioned. Lilly, aka Lilly-Ann Hertzman, succeeds in this, her versions present themselves as artistic with a personal expression. Therefore, her interpretations offer an emotionally deep, truthful view, due to which these standards thus become her own songs. “ / Olaf Maikopf, Jazz thing 138

 


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 stars from GAFFA to THE SONG IS YOU! 


Thank you very much, Ivan Rod / GAFFA (major Danish Musicmagazine)!
5 STARS on the releaseday! 🙏🎶⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ to the new album, The Song Is You, feat. Gilad Hekselman & Kirk Knuffke. 

Here is a link to it in Danish https://gaffa.dk/anmeldelse/148338/anmeldelse-stilsikkert-smukt-vokaljazzalbum/ 

Below is also a photo of it.

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Here is a translation in English:

Lilly: The Song Is You 

REVIEW: Stylish, beautiful vocal jazz album 
GAFFA       

Album / Challenge Records 
Release D. 26.03.2021  
Reviewed by 
Ivan Rod 

When Danish/Japanese singer-songwriter/jazz composer and vocalist Lilly-Ann Hertzman released her fourth album, Tenderly, in 2017, it was to overwhelming applause. Critics on several continents deservedly praised her to the skies for the duo album, which featured standards and a collaboration with Israeli/American jazz guitarist Gilad Hekselman. 

On her new album, The Song Is You, she is heard again collaborating with Gilad Hekselman, but now also with American cornetist Kirk Knuffke. Again with a simple expression, again with material that consists predominantly of American standards. And again-again with mature gravity, sensuality and character. It's as if Lilly, along with Hekselman - and now Knuffke - has found an authenticity, intensity and nerve that suits her, the songs and the music. The Song Is You is immensely successful for the same reason. Another small work (in a series of releases that should not be put to rest. May Lilly and Hekselman continue their collaboration for many years to come). 

The new album features a single song of its own, "Five Wild Geese," which is bold and thoroughly beautiful, and which suits all the other songs from the Great American Songbook with its refreshing pulse. But also noteworthy are Lilly's versions of songs like Victor Young and Ned Washington's "My Foolish Heart," Richard Rodgers' and Oscar Hammerstein's "It Might As Well Be Spring" and Duke Ellington's "Prelude to a Kiss," and indeed of the old British/Scottish folk song, "Scarborough Fair" (immortalized by Simon & Garfunkel in 1968). 

Lilly-Ann Hertzman has an incredibly good and seemingly natural grip on the songs/ballads. It's as if they are part of her own musical DNA. As if their swing leans on her own swing. As if her voice is made for them or vice versa. And it's as if her collaboration with Gilad Hekselman is a perfect match. Her warm vocals sneak up on his string playing easily and beautifully. And now, Knuffke's tone as well. 

Considering that the entire album was recorded in just one day in New York, one has to take off one's hat and admire the musicality and virtuosity of the three, their respective, innovative starting points and their ability to work together when the record button is activated.

 

ALBUMRELEASE TODAY... two great reviews! 🎶🙏❤️ 

YAY!! It’s RELEASEDAY of my new album ::: The Song Is You ::: LILLY feat. GILAD HEKSELMAN & KIRK KNUFFKE . 

It’s available on CD+digital via Challenge Records International / trademark Double Moon Records. Listen here: https://orcd.co/bvyexkg 

Two nice album-birthday reviews: 

***** 5 STARS today from Danish GAFFA /Ivan Rod, that a.o. write: ““Lilly-Ann Hertzman has an incredibly good and seemingly natural grip on the songs / ballads. It's as if they're part of her own musical DNA. As if their swing leans up against her own swing. As if her voice is created for them or vice versa. And then it's as if her collaboration with Gilad Hekselman is a perfect match. Her warm vocals snuggle lightly and beautifully up his string playing. And now also up to Knuffke's tone. 

Given that the entire album was recorded in just one day in New York, one must take one's hat off and admire the musicality and virtuosity of the three, their respective, innovative starting point and their ability to collaborate when the record button is activated.” 

(Thanks to Google translate 

Read the full review here in Danish: https://gaffa.dk/.../anmeldelse-stilsikkert-smukt... 

And..also, Jazz Thing in Germany are happy: “ Once again an album on which jazz standards are sung. But in contrast to some other colleagues, the Japanese-Danish singer Lilly and her two New York accompanists Gilad Hekselman (guitar) and Kirk Knuffke (cornet) show that in this so-called supreme discipline of jazz, the motto should always be empathy, surprise and also another level of interpretation. For when an artist dares to tackle such songs as "My Foolish Heart", "Prelude To A Kiss", "That Old Feeling" or "The Song Is You", he wants to emphasize the substance or essence of the song, but ideally also to make a piece sound not immediately recognizable or old-fashioned. Lilly, aka Lilly-Ann Hertzman, succeeds in this, her versions present h themselves as artistic with a personal expression. Therefore, her interpretations offer an emotionally deep, truthful view, due to which these standards thus become her own songs. “/ Mai 

(Thanks to Martina Weinmar for translation)

Here is a link to the review in German: https://www.jazzthing.de/review/lilly-the-song-is-you/

 

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I am very happy and grateful to be able to release these songs and I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I enjoyed recording them that fine first day of August 2019 in Brooklyn, New York with a bunch of fine human beings.. a couple of them being truly amazing musicians too. 

Much love, 

Lilly 

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Recorded, mixed and mastered by Michael Perez-Cisneros at 

Big Orange Sheep Studio, Brooklyn, NYC 

Thanks a lot to everyone involved in making this release a reality: 

First and foremost a very warm and big thank you to Gilad and Kirk. For the spirit of joy, playfulness, openness and dedication that I was so fortunate to experience when recording this album with you fabulous guys! I am so happy and grateful for that, and for all the creative musical gifts both of you so generously shared with me.

Mr. Awesome, Michael Perez-Cisneros. Big Orange Sheep Studio. 

Patricia Frazao/ZenProduction for nice albumcover and Gulnara Khamatova for studio session photos. 

Volker Dueck/ Double Moon Records & Martina Weinmar/ MaWeMarketing, 

Boudewijn Hagemans & Sander Vos at Challenge Records International.

SINGLE RELEASE TODAY: UP JUMPED SPRING! 

GOOD NEWS! 🎶🌱🌸🌞 Spring is just around the corner and I am very happy to release Up Jumped Spring as a single and appetizer from my new album, The Song Is You, that will be released in exactly a month from today! 

'There’s a lot of joy and playfulness in this version, I think, not least thanks to the creative and versatile musical gifts from Gilad Hekselman, that’s playing both guitar and body percussion on this track, and Kirk Knuffke on cornet. I hope it will bring a spirit of spring to many hearts and souls! ❤️ Lilly

CLICK HERE FOR STREAMING / DOWNLOAD CHOICES!

NEW ALBUM RECORDED with GILAD HEKSELMAN & KIRK KNUFFKE in Brooklyn, New York! 

On August 1st 2019 I had a really nice time making music with Gilad Hekselman and Kirk Knuffke in Big Orange Sheep Studio in Brooklyn, New York.

I feel so grateful to be able to work with such incredible musicians and wonderful human beings.

Soundengineer Michael Perez-Cisneros and the crew that day in the studio was doing an amazing job in recording us and making us feel comfortable, for all those good vibes and work thank you is a very small word! 

The photographer Gulnara Khamatov was able to jump in with short notice and took a lot of photos during the beginning of the day, I post some of them here below.

A huge THANK YOU to everybody involved. I am grateful and happy and look forward to share the music with you sometime in the future!

Much love,

Lilly





 

 

Great "new" review/article in All About Jazz! 

"Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass set the bar high for guitar-vocal duos. Danish singer LILLY (-Ann Hertzman) and guitarist Gilad Hekselman touch that bar with Tenderly."

Wow! The line above is just the first one in an incredible review/article in All About Jazz by C. Michael Bailey. Reading it made me have goosebumps, smile and feel very grateful at the same time. Furthermore, his article was released on May 9 2018 over a year ago and I had not heard about it until the other day, when I was very kindly notified about it by the founder/Publisher of All About Jazz, Michael Ricci, as he thought it might be of interest for me. Oh, my...he was right! I hope you will all find it worth reading too somehow. Here are some other extracted lines from it:

" The pair reveal an immediate potent and intimate rapport, one that allows for a broad latitude of interpretation of their chosen material in such a way not to obscure the original melody, instead enhancing it in a very modern way".

"Lilly sings with ever so slightly an accent which supercharges her performances increasing it sexual appeal and allure".

"Hekselman's exacting playing enhances this. On Nick Drake's dark "Voice from the Mountain" Hekselman summons primal tones from his guitar, like that of a garage rock trooper making his way. The pair build dramatic momentum gradually, then allowing it to ebb. The one foreign language piece on the disc, "Hvem Kan Sejle" is paired with the Mancini/Mercer "Whistling Away the Dark" bolstering the Weimar comparison, the music and singing being decadently rich, like dark chocolate. This disc has much to endorse it. More standards from Lilly are in order."

 

Link to the full article is here beneath as well as a screenshot of the part of the article about my album, Tenderly, which is among seven women-releases that C. Michael Bailey starts by describing as: An embarrassment of riches...

https://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=563286

 

LILLY / JACOB FISCHER DUO 

On Friday January 18 I look forward to play another duo-concert with the wonderful and extraordinary jazzguitarist, Jacob Fischer (DK). We will be playing two sets of various jazzstandards and a premiere of a new song of mine.

Jacob is one of the absolute best and sought after jazzguitarists in Denmark as well as Scandinavia. Popular with audiences and critics alike  he has recieved numerous awards and has worked with the best Scandinavian and international musicians. He was a.o. a longtime member of violin legend Svend Asmussens quartet. You can get more info about him here: www.jacobfischer.dk

The concert will take place in Cafe Slotsbio in Hillerød (DK). I have recently been noticed that they have moved the concert to the theater-room from the cafe due to the number of tickets already sold...great!

Much love,

Lilly

Duo with jazzguitarist Jacob Fischer (DK) on Aug 31st 

On Friday Aug 31st I´ll be playing duo with jazzguitarist Jacob Fischer! He is one of the absolute best and sought after jazzguitarists in Denmark as well as Scandinavia. Popular with audiences and critics alike Fischer has recieved numerous awards and has worked with the best Scandinavian and international musicians. He was a.o. a longtime member of violin legend Svend Asmussens quartet. You can get more info about this wonderful musician here: www.jacobfischer.dk

The concert will take place at Gilleleje Bibliotek in Kulturhavn Gilleleje from 4-6 pm. Free entrace!!

Much love,

Lilly

https://www.gribskovbib.dk/arrangementer/film-musik-teater/koncert-med-live-duo-lilly-og-jacob-fischer

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