Personnel: Ute Lemper (vocals); Peter Scherer (arranger, piano, keyboards, bass); Mark Shulman (guitar, cello); John Parricelli (guitar); Laurie Anderson, Elena Barere, Irvine Arditti, Galina Solodchin, Martin Burgess, Howard Ball (violin); Donna Tecco, Mary Hammann (viola); Michael Mace,
Jeanne LeBlanc, David Heiss, Eugene Moye (cello); Hugh Webb, Chris Haigh (harp); Pete Whyman (clarinet, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Karen Street (accordion); Pete Long, Mick Foster (tenor saxophone); Stuart Brooks, Paul Eshelby (trumpet); Chris Dean (trombone); Pip Eastop, Michael Thompson (horns); Robert Ziegler (piano, Hammond B-3 organ, keyboards, Moog synthesizer); Rutledge Turnlund (bass); Todd Turkisher (drums, percussion).
Producers: Ute Lemper, Peter Scherer, Todd Turkisher, Robert Ziegler.
Recorded in July 2002.
Ute Lemper has enjoyed a remarkably varied career, achieving success on the stage, in film, in concert performances, and as a recording artist and interpreter of Berlin cabaret songs, French chanson, and the works of Kurt Weill. BUT ONE DAY is a return of sorts to core repertoire for the German chanteuse. While her previous album, PUNISHING KISS, was somewhat of a departure, with songs written specifically for her by the likes of Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, and Nick Cave, this release finds the sultry diva applying her distinctive cabaret style to songs by Jacques Brel, Astor Piazzolla, and Weill, among others.
Lemper's dynamic delivery serves her well in the Piazzolla tangos "Buenos Aires" and "Oblivion" and Brel's passionate plea "Ne me quitte pas," and she offers fresh versions of Weill's "September Song" and "Speak Low." The disc links back to its predecessor via the presence of brand new material, this time in the form of five compositions by Lemper herself. These vividly personal reflections are effective vehicles for her unique style and they fit in well with the older masterworks. Standouts include the smoldering title track and "Lena," a dreamy narrative that features the violin work of Laurie Anderson.
What the critics say...
Entertainment Weekly (3/14/03, p.66) - "...The chanteuse smolders in Piazolla tangos and wrenching Brel chansons..." - Rating: B
- September Song
- I Surrender
- Speak Low
- Ne Me Quitte Pas
- But One Day
- Buenos Aires
- Living Without You
- Little Face
- Ballad Of Marie Sanders
- On Brecht-Epilogue