Public Jazz Lounge once again finds Joo Kraus hot on the trail of the refreshingly new. Behind the title he has taken the basic idea of using "classic tracks" from jazz, Pop and R&B, then aligning them with the multilayered phonics of Big-Band music. The resulting symbiosis is enhanced by adding up-to-date arrangements. Cool as crushed ice Jazz solos interweave with vocals in English and German, Rap fills put the right spice in the mix. Joo Kraus was able to opt the outstanding musicians from the SWR Big Band for the album, a major step toward the perfect "wide-wall" sound that had its roots in the arrangements of numerous lush R&B and Jazz productions from the 1970s. Arranger Ralf Schmid created a uniquely original new look to set both these historic music classics (such as from Sting, Joe Zawinul, Simon & Garfunkel, Mary J.Blige, George Benson, Björk, EW&F or Freddie Hubbard) and several original pieces by Joo Kraus in a completely new context.
Joo Kraus - Public Jazz Lounge