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Issue 1097

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Friederike Klum & James Pearson: Somebody To Love Me launch Ronnie Scotts, London 07/2/20

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Friederike Krum (the award-winning German Mezzo-Soprano)
has teamed up with the artistic director of Ronnie Scotts, pianist James Pearson presenting all things Gershwin and this delightful album launch at the club got off to a swinging start.

Ms Krum is charismatic for sure and she is one of those artists that lights up a room when she enters and her engaging voice and vocally delivery is top-notch.

The synergy between Pearson and Friederike is fascinating. Pearson feels his way through like a gold prospector on the hunt for a gem, his technique is fierce but gentle, playful and above all subtle, as they merge their musical minds together with a lovely lightness of touch and crystal clarity.

Her voice is distinct and strong with the right hint of vulnerability and playfulness. She was born to crossover and sing classic jazz too! Such evergreens as "Summertime" and "The Man I Love" hit the mark and her enthusiasm and gusto are infectious. There's a gap in the market for this wonderfully, unfettered approach.

This album has all the hallmarks of success about it and the moonlighting seems to have paid off. It's a fitting testament to the mastery of Gershwin.

PHOTOS: EMRYS BAIRD
Words Emrys Baird

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