||Carry on Wise Guy CD (2006) |
Hannes Bieger music CDs The debut solo album by German house producer Hannes Bieger, Carry on Wise Guy is, on the surface, a relentlessly pleasant blend of downtempo beats, acid jazz horns and electric piano, and occasional R&B diva vocals. So basically, Carry on Wise Guy is fundamentally indistinguishable from dozens of similar records that one hears playing in the bars of trendy boutique hotels the world over. However, Bieger steers away from most of the clichés of the style throughout the album, and several songs depart from the usual template in new and intriguing ways. For example, the Damien Rice-like vocalist on the moody "Slow Down" makes for a nice change from the usual anonymous N'Dea Davenport wannabes, the three-part "Luncheonette" has more in common with Brian Eno's ambient music than the average downtempo lounge record, and some of the vocal tracks, particularly "The Scene" and "Life Matters," work as St. Etienne-style elegant dance-pop, not just background mood music. Carry on Wise Guy doesn't entirely transcend its genre, but it certainly stands out. ~ Stewart Mason
UK 'Best Of' compilation for the R&B/dance diva. Two CDs featuring 28 tracks. Disc two features 10 remixes. 2001 release.
Recording information: Boomclap Studio, Berlin, Germany.
Photographer: Hannes Bieger.
Personnel: Pat C., Urzula Amen, Fat Joe, Marishka Phillips, Izzi Dunn, Pat Appleton (vocals); Hannes Bieger (guitar, Wurlitzer organ, programming); Sebastian Borkowski (tenor saxophone).
Audio Mixer: Hannes Bieger.
||Science Fiction Jazz, Vol. 10 CD (2007) |
Hannes Bieger CD discography Audio Remixer: Anders Trentemoller.
Personnel: Ane Brun, Philippo Fierens, Carina Andersson (vocals); Brad Somatik (guitar, piano, synthesizer); James Duncan (trumpet); Marc Mac (Fender Rhodes piano, synthesizer, bass guitar); Hannes Bieger (Fender Rhodes piano, mini-Moog synthesizer); Luke Parkhouse (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixers: Morgan Geist; Kelley Polar; Brad Somatik.