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Albums by Cæcilie Norby

1
Stepping Stone Stepping Stone 3:26    
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Track length:3:26
Artist: Cæcilie Norby
Performer: Cæcilie Norby / vocals Lars Danielsson / cello, bass, acoustic guitars, tambourine Leszek Możdżer / piano Nguyên Lê / electric guitars, electronics Robert Mehmet Ikiz / drums & percussion
Producer: Produced by Lars Danielsson & Cæcilie Norby Executive Producer: Siggi Loch
Genre: Jazz
Studio: Recorded at Copenhagen Piano Studio, Denmark by Freddy Albrektsen & Christian Alex Petersen. Assistant Engineer: Julian Barfoed. Mixed at Copenhagen Piano Studio by Freddy Albrektsen. Mastered at Tia Dia Studios, Mölnlycke, Sweden by Bo Savik.
Publisher: Unknown
Composer: Stephen Booker
Aimee Duffy
ISRC: DEA891300265
2
Winter Lady Winter Lady 3:53    
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Track length:3:53
Artist: Cæcilie Norby
Performer: Cæcilie Norby / vocals Lars Danielsson / cello, bass, acoustic guitars, tambourine Leszek Możdżer / piano Nguyên Lê / electric guitars, electronics Robert Mehmet Ikiz / drums & percussion
Genre: Jazz
Studio: Recorded at Copenhagen Piano Studio, Denmark by Freddy Albrektsen & Christian Alex Petersen. Assistant Engineer: Julian Barfoed. Mixed at Copenhagen Piano Studio by Freddy Albrektsen. Mastered at Tia Dia Studios, Mölnlycke, Sweden by Bo Savik.
Publisher: Unknown
Composer: Leonard Cohen
ISRC: DEA891300266
3
In My Secret Life In My Secret Life 3:20    
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Track length:3:20
Artist: Cæcilie Norby
Performer: Cæcilie Norby / vocals Lars Danielsson / cello, bass, acoustic guitars, tambourine Leszek Możdżer / piano Nguyên Lê / electric guitars, electronics Robert Mehmet Ikiz / drums & percussion
Genre: Jazz
Studio: Recorded at Copenhagen Piano Studio, Denmark by Freddy Albrektsen & Christian Alex Petersen. Assistant Engineer: Julian Barfoed. Mixed at Copenhagen Piano Studio by Freddy Albrektsen. Mastered at Tia Dia Studios, Mölnlycke, Sweden by Bo Savik.
Publisher: Unknown
Composer: Sharon Robinson
Leonard Cohen
ISRC: DEA891300267
4
Papa Was a Rolling Stone Papa Was a Rolling Stone 4:39    
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Track length:4:39
Artist: Cæcilie Norby
Performer: Cæcilie Norby / vocals Lars Danielsson / cello, bass, acoustic guitars, tambourine Leszek Możdżer / piano Nguyên Lê / electric guitars, electronics Robert Mehmet Ikiz / drums & percussion
Genre: Jazz
Studio: Recorded at Copenhagen Piano Studio, Denmark by Freddy Albrektsen & Christian Alex Petersen. Assistant Engineer: Julian Barfoed. Mixed at Copenhagen Piano Studio by Freddy Albrektsen. Mastered at Tia Dia Studios, Mölnlycke, Sweden by Bo Savik.
Publisher: Unknown
Composer: Norman Whitfield
Barrett Strong
ISRC: DEA891300268
5
Diamonds and Gold Diamonds and Gold 3:55    
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Track length:3:55
Artist: Cæcilie Norby
Performer: Cæcilie Norby / vocals Lars Danielsson / cello, bass, acoustic guitars, tambourine Leszek Możdżer / piano Nguyên Lê / electric guitars, electronics Robert Mehmet Ikiz / drums & percussion
Genre: Jazz
Studio: Recorded at Copenhagen Piano Studio, Denmark by Freddy Albrektsen & Christian Alex Petersen. Assistant Engineer: Julian Barfoed. Mixed at Copenhagen Piano Studio by Freddy Albrektsen. Mastered at Tia Dia Studios, Mölnlycke, Sweden by Bo Savik.
Publisher: Unknown
Composer: Tom Waits
ISRC: DEA891300269
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Like a Rolling Stone Like a Rolling Stone 3:52    
Album only
Track length:3:52
Artist: Cæcilie Norby
Performer: Cæcilie Norby / vocals Lars Danielsson / cello, bass, acoustic guitars, tambourine Leszek Możdżer / piano Nguyên Lê / electric guitars, electronics Robert Mehmet Ikiz / drums & percussion
Genre: Jazz
Studio: Recorded at Copenhagen Piano Studio, Denmark by Freddy Albrektsen & Christian Alex Petersen. Assistant Engineer: Julian Barfoed. Mixed at Copenhagen Piano Studio by Freddy Albrektsen. Mastered at Tia Dia Studios, Mölnlycke, Sweden by Bo Savik.
Publisher: Unknown
Composer: Bob Dylan
ISRC: DEA891300270
7
Hurt Hurt 4:46    
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Track length:4:46
Artist: Cæcilie Norby
Performer: Cæcilie Norby / vocals Lars Danielsson / cello, bass, acoustic guitars, tambourine Leszek Możdżer / piano Nguyên Lê / electric guitars, electronics Robert Mehmet Ikiz / drums & percussion
Genre: Jazz
Studio: Recorded at Copenhagen Piano Studio, Denmark by Freddy Albrektsen & Christian Alex Petersen. Assistant Engineer: Julian Barfoed. Mixed at Copenhagen Piano Studio by Freddy Albrektsen. Mastered at Tia Dia Studios, Mölnlycke, Sweden by Bo Savik.
Publisher: Unknown
Composer: Trent Reznor
ISRC: DEA891300271
8
Hearts and Bones Hearts and Bones 5:08    
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Track length:5:08
Artist: Cæcilie Norby
Performer: Cæcilie Norby / vocals Lars Danielsson / cello, bass, acoustic guitars, tambourine Leszek Możdżer / piano Nguyên Lê / electric guitars, electronics Robert Mehmet Ikiz / drums & percussion
Genre: Jazz
Studio: Recorded at Copenhagen Piano Studio, Denmark by Freddy Albrektsen & Christian Alex Petersen. Assistant Engineer: Julian Barfoed. Mixed at Copenhagen Piano Studio by Freddy Albrektsen. Mastered at Tia Dia Studios, Mölnlycke, Sweden by Bo Savik.
Publisher: Unknown
Composer: Paul Simon
ISRC: DEA891300272
9
Silent Ways Silent Ways 3:28    
Album only
Track length:3:28
Artist: Cæcilie Norby
Performer: Cæcilie Norby / vocals Lars Danielsson / cello, bass, acoustic guitars, tambourine Leszek Możdżer / piano Nguyên Lê / electric guitars, electronics Robert Mehmet Ikiz / drums & percussion
Genre: Jazz
Studio: Recorded at Copenhagen Piano Studio, Denmark by Freddy Albrektsen & Christian Alex Petersen. Assistant Engineer: Julian Barfoed. Mixed at Copenhagen Piano Studio by Freddy Albrektsen. Mastered at Tia Dia Studios, Mölnlycke, Sweden by Bo Savik.
Publisher: Edition ACT Publishing
Composer: Wolfgang Haffner
ISRC: DEA891300273
10
Have You Ever Seen the Rain Have You Ever Seen the Rain 4:08    
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Track length:4:08
Artist: Cæcilie Norby
Performer: Cæcilie Norby / vocals Lars Danielsson / cello, bass, acoustic guitars, tambourine Leszek Możdżer / piano Nguyên Lê / electric guitars, electronics Robert Mehmet Ikiz / drums & percussion
Genre: Jazz
Studio: Recorded at Copenhagen Piano Studio, Denmark by Freddy Albrektsen & Christian Alex Petersen. Assistant Engineer: Julian Barfoed. Mixed at Copenhagen Piano Studio by Freddy Albrektsen. Mastered at Tia Dia Studios, Mölnlycke, Sweden by Bo Savik.
Publisher: Unknown
Composer: John Fogerty
ISRC: DEA891300274
11
Black Hole Sun Black Hole Sun 5:03    
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Track length:5:03
Artist: Cæcilie Norby
Performer: Cæcilie Norby / vocals Lars Danielsson / cello, bass, acoustic guitars, tambourine Leszek Możdżer / piano Nguyên Lê / electric guitars, electronics Robert Mehmet Ikiz / drums & percussion
Genre: Jazz
Studio: Recorded at Copenhagen Piano Studio, Denmark by Freddy Albrektsen & Christian Alex Petersen. Assistant Engineer: Julian Barfoed. Mixed at Copenhagen Piano Studio by Freddy Albrektsen. Mastered at Tia Dia Studios, Mölnlycke, Sweden by Bo Savik.
Publisher: Unknown
Composer: Christopher Cornell
ISRC: DEA891300275
12
Hymnen Hymnen 4:09    
Album only
Track length:4:09
Artist: Cæcilie Norby
Performer: Cæcilie Norby / vocals Lars Danielsson / cello, bass, acoustic guitars, tambourine Leszek Możdżer / piano Nguyên Lê / electric guitars, electronics Robert Mehmet Ikiz / drums & percussion
Genre: Jazz
Studio: Recorded at Copenhagen Piano Studio, Denmark by Freddy Albrektsen & Christian Alex Petersen. Assistant Engineer: Julian Barfoed. Mixed at Copenhagen Piano Studio by Freddy Albrektsen. Mastered at Tia Dia Studios, Mölnlycke, Sweden by Bo Savik.
Publisher: Edition ACT Publishing
Composer: Lars Danielsson
ISRC: DEA891300276

It's not all that long ago that the boundaries between classical, pop and jazz were easily defined, in the European middle classes especially, there was seldom a way back when a direction seemed to be defined. And so it was that the 14 year-old Dane Caecilie Norby found herself in the classical world – her mother was an opera singer, her father a composer – until one day a school party shook the foundations of her musical structures. Music by Creedence Clearwater Revival was being played and it fascinated her: "Up to then, it had been Mozart who had charmed my inner princess, but that night made it fully clear to me that that music was the same thing in different wrapping paper," she recalls. "My young, innocent, cultivated universe made entirely of classical music had been changed forever. Dylan didn't hit the notes when singing, Fogerty played the same four chords over and over, very loudly, and yet it worked: I was riveted by the melancholy feeling of this melodic soul-rock."

Since then, Norby listens solely to her heart and evaluates the musical quality of melodies fully free of genre restrictions. She became a star in her own country with her funk-jazz band "Frontline" and the pop duo "One Two" together with Nina Forsberg, before her bridge between the genres caused an international furore, becoming the first Scandinavian woman to be signed by Blue Note. It is a path between worlds that her ACT debut "Arabesque" (9723-2) defined two years ago: She wrote her own lyrics to classical works, from Rimski-Korsakov and Ravel to Michel Legrand, and transported them to jazz with the aid of her husband Lars Danielsson and their band.

Now, with her second ACT album "Silent Ways" she goes back in the other direction to some extent. She selected a dozen of her favourite singer/songwriter melodies – including "Hymnen" by herself and her husband, and charged them up with classical and jazz influences. The almost chamber-musical, tranquil form hinted at by the album's name is classical, as is the emotional expressiveness of her interpretations – just listen to her meditative, almost spiritual versions of the Leonard-Cohen songs "Winter Lady" and "In My Secret Life". The jazzy approach lies in the singing technique, in the arrangement, and of course the hand-picked musicians in the band improvising magically together.

"At the start of recording, we demanded that all the musicians put their life story on the table," Norby reports. And how they did! The unmistakable Asian lines of star guitarist Nguyên Lê are especially apparent on "Like A Rolling Stone". Leszek Możdżer contributes the swirling rhythmic and melodramatic harmonies of the eastern European music tradition, most obviously on "Black Hole Sun". Drummer and percussionist Robert Mehmet Ikiz brings the polyrhythmic of his Turkish roots and the Nordic groove of his Swedish homeland with him. Lars Danielsson then refines it all with his enchantingly melodious bass and cello lines. 

A powerful, thrilling, convincing mix, on the classics like Bob Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone", John Fogerty's "Have You Ever Seen The Rain" and Paul Simon's "Hearts And Bones", on the earthly tracks like Barrett Strong's "Papa Was A Rolling Stone", the originally bulky works like Tom Waits' "Diamonds And Gold", the Indie-rock anthem "Hurt" by Nine Inch Nails genius Trent Reznor or on the loungey title track "Silent Ways" composed by Wolfgang Haffner, to which Norby contributes her wonderful lyrics. It is "the sound of the new, European jazz" that vocalist Caecilie Norby stands for like no other, the way she best defines it.

Cæcilie Norby / vocals
Lars Danielsson / cello, bass, acoustic guitars, tambourine
Leszek Możdżer / piano
Nguyên Lê / electric guitars, electronics
Robert Mehmet Ikiz / drums & percussion

Further Musicians:
Special Guest:
Marius Neset / tenor & soprano sax

 

Produced by Lars Danielsson & Cæcilie Norby
Executive Producer: Siggi Loch

Recorded at Copenhagen Piano Studio, Denmark by Freddy Albrektsen & Christian Alex Petersen.
Assistant Engineer: Julian Barfoed.
Mixed at Copenhagen Piano Studio by Freddy Albrektsen.
Mastered at Tia Dia Studios, Mölnlycke, Sweden by Bo Savik.

 

2013 Act Music

About Cæcilie Norby:

Musical pigeonholes have never interested Danish singer Cæcilie Norby: “I have always been in search of catchy melodies – if you want to have a hit in the pop world, you need a strong melody. In jazz the central subject is that which opens a piece and, in classical music, even the grandest orchestral arrangements may become boring and flat if they aren’t carried by a natural melody.” For Norby it is the melody that is the essence of music, and the decisive criteria according to which she evaluates and chooses music which is free of any genre boundaries. It is an approach which mirrors her extraordinary career and is probably also the secret of her success.

As the daughter of classical musicians – her mother, Solveig Lumholt, was an opera singer and her father, Erik Norby, was a composer – it was the discovery of jazz with its bluesy, swinging and cool moments which brought the decision to follow in her parents’ footsteps. A short while later, whilst stil...