German pianist and keyboardist Michael Amandus Quast started his
career as professional musician around the millennium. As an
accompanying musician he toured with Paul Young for several years.
Besides his numerous activities in the German-speaking area, he
also played the keys for Nik Kershaw, Johnny Logan and Midge Ure.
Two years ago he began to fulfill his wish to record a smooth jazz
He chose his middle name as his stage name, which in
Latin means "the beloved". His supporting musicians are
hand-picked and some of them are well known throughout Germany.
David Anlauff (drums), Philipp Rehm (bass), Uli Brodersen
(guitar), Ray Mahumane (guitar), Søren Jordan (guitar), Arno Haas
(alto and soprano sax), Angela Frontera (percussion), Helena Paul
and Jimi Carrow (vocals). Amandus is playing grand piano Yamaha
S4, keys and programming. The additional brass section consists of
Christian Ehringer, Igor Rudytskyy (trumpet), Thomas Sauter
(trombone) and Michael Steiner (tenor and baritone sax).
All songs are written by Michael Quast. The title of the album has
a slightly ironic touch, because with one exception it is an
instrumental album. The album starts with something tiny. But
The Mice Song quickly makes it big. Funky guitar riffs meet
groovy bass and a sophisticated horn arrangement.
is not a recommendation but the inevitable result of this sound
experience that reminds me somewhat of the music of the English
group Shakatak. Sunday School inspires with pointed
inserts and beautiful interjections of synth bass, vintage organ
sound, piano jazz and a wonderful saxophone by the popular Arno
More Like This takes it casually, but the
work on the piano is of the finest. Sing A Song features
the famous British singer Helena Paul and the combination of
vocals and piano again suggests parallels to the style of the group Shakatak.
Take the bass run of Junior's Mama Used To Say and add a
formidable easygoing piano play and you get Driving
I could swear that Hey Man is
influenced by the music of Jeff Lorber. I guess I'm not completely
wrong. One Day for a Lifetime shows more of Amandus'
slick and soulful piano style which subtly blends with Arno's
saxophone accompaniment. Rhodesbeef is an ingenious
wordplay with Rhodes and roast beef featuring Philipp Rehm on bass
and Amandus on Rhodes and Clavinet.
The final tune is entitled Shacky, which means someone
with whom one maintains a casual acquaintance. This wonderfully
describes the sassy musical relationship between Amandus and his
Amandus' Sing A Song is an overall solid smooth jazz
production which in many passages gives his pronounced talent the
opportunity to shine. With full-bodied grooves he already shows in
all parts of this project a distinctive nose for the right
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Title: Sing A Song
Genre: Smooth Jazz
1) The Mice Song (4:07)
2) Enjoy (4:27)
3) Sunday School
4) More Like This (4:15)
5) Sing a Song (3:25)
6) Driving Decompression (3:50)
7) Hey Man (4:46)
Day for a Lifetime (5:52)
9) Rhodesbeef (3:42)