The duo album „Obsession“ with Lionel Loueke is the beginning of further „obsessions“ on Céline’s label with the same name. „Obsession“ means: being deeply bound to music, with love, with abandon, says Céline. Plunging into it all, with all the risks, in music and in life. The here and now, the wild moment in music and in life. The here and now, the wild moment, the adrenaline. The name „obsession“ includes the word „session“, which emphasizes the improvisational aspect. With PEARLS, Céline releases the second album on „obsession“ and adds another, more urban sound to her musical obsessions.
The “jewel of European vocal jazz” (French radio station, TSF) and adventurous pearl fisher sailed from Berlin to Brooklyn for her new album PEARLS. Co-producer Jamire Williams whose musical résumé boasts names like Herbie Hancock, Solange Knowles, John Mayer, or Robert Glasper says: „I‘ve never heard anything like Céline‘s music, she writes in such a unique way, and her vocal sound is second to none. Her vibe and flow in connection with what our band has created make this production so special.“ PEARLS creates a new color in her musical jewelry box that blends singer-songwriter melodies with urban jazz and was recorded with Lionel Loueke on guitar, Leo Genovese on piano and keys, Burniss Travis on bass and Jamire Williams on drums. Read more
This album is the culmination of a musical liaison that began as spontaneously as it still seems. Five years ago, the two musicians met for the first time in Berlin – an echo jazz-winning singer who had successfully translated the chansons of Henri Salvador, the body and stomach guitarist of Herbie Hancock, with her own four albums at Blue Note. “On the evening in Berlin, we talked not only about music, about food and life, but also
exchanged CDs,” remembers Céline Rudolph. “A little later Lionel wrote me how enthusiastic he was about my music. I spontaneously invited him to my studio session with drummer Jamire Williams in New York. There, in the Brooklyn Recording Studio, the duo-version of “Le Vent du Nord”, which can be heard on the album, was created. We were both so excited that we decided to record a whole album just for two. In 2015 we met at the A-Trane Studio in Berlin …” Read more