The band Appleton was founded in 1967 by brothers John (piano,
keyboards), Chris (bass), and
Stephen Brenninkmeijer (drums). They performed as cover band in the local
area of Frankfurt. After a long hiatus the group restarted in 1998
joined by Chris Perschke (trombone), Karen Schäfer (sax), Thomas
Siffling (trumpet) and Barbara Drennan (vocals). Andreas Pompe replaced
Karen Schäfer in 2010 on sax. Belgian jazz singer Carol
Vanwelden succeeded the English singer Barbara Drennan in 2015.
Further member is Harry Terkowsky (guitars).
released 40 (2007), Friesian Chair (2010),
The White Christmas Album (2012), Here, There And
Everywhere in 2015 and this year Appleton's Choice.
The album is the substrate of the personal musical preferences of
the respective band members.
The album starts with a
rendition of Lisa Stansfield's song The Real Thing from
her eponymous album (1997). Caroll
Vanwelden has that certain timbre that puts her in dangerous
proximity to Stansfield. Abracadabra is a song by
American rock group Steve Miller Band from the same named album
(1982). Appleton takes a more leisurely approach to their
interpretation and brings it into the realm of cabaret.
Moondance is the 1970 third studio album and the single
by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison. Caroll
Vanwelden gives this song a personal vibrant note. I Feel the
Earth Move is a song written and recorded by pop
singer-songwriter Carole King, which first appeared on her album
Tapestry (1971). On Appleton's version the band expands
especially in the horn section with an outstanding arrangement.
Roxanne is not only a song by the British rock band
The Police, it's their signature song. Appleton discovers the
jazzy side of this tune. The Beatles as gifted composers are
always good for a song. Day Tripper comes from their
album Rubber Soul (1965). In their new creation Appleton
elegantly mixes elements of New Orleans Jazz, Swing, Rock and Pop.
Lonely Morning is a composition by trumpet player
Thomas Siffling, who has already made his mark with the solo album
Flow, collaborations with Club Des Belugas (The
ChinChin Sessions, Ragbag) or his trio (Cruisen).
The piece sounds miraculously harmonious with a sophisticated horn
set arrangement. Blackbird is a song by the Beatles from
their 1968 double album The Beatles. The band
introduces the original theme, but quickly gets to the point with
Siffling's and Pompe's jazzy solo improvisations.
Beatles' Let It Be (1970) is a song that best reveals
itself through a vocal performance. Carol Vanwelden uses the
superiority of the song to get the most out of it. Dusty
Springfields' Son of a Preacher Man (1968) was already a
pop standard with a reference character at the time of its
release. Originally the song was written for Aretha Franklin, who
also recorded but didn't release it. Later Aretha reconsidered her
decision after being surprised by Dusty's success, but the song
had already become Dusty's song in the minds of the audience. A
steep pattern for a singer with vocal qualities like Carol
With their album Appleton offers an exquisite
selection of well-known songs, especially from the field of Pop,
which have throughout become classics. With such a sparkling
portfolio the band set a musical firework on each festival.
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Genre: Smooth Jazz
Label: Personality Records
1) "The Real Thing" by Appleton (4:21)
2) "Abracadabra" by
3) "Moondance" by Appleton (6:00)
Feel the Earth Move" by Appleton (4:36)
5) "Roxanne" by
6) "Day Tripper" by Appleton (4:23)
"Lonely Morning" by Appleton (5:52)
8) "Blackbird" by
9) "Let It Be" by Appleton (5:15)
of a Preacher Man" by Appleton (3:46)