Recently, I had a pleasure to go to a great concert, which promotes the release of a new album “Heartbeat”. It is a piece of work of a singer-songwriter Benjamin Aggerbæk and his 16 equally talented friends. Apart from the fact that Aggerbæk is one of Copenhagens most well-known singer-songwriters, he also arranges several weekly singer-songwriter events in Copenhagen, where everyone can share their music and lyrics with the public. Those places with a great atmosphere are for example Cafe Retro or Blagads Apotek.
Benjamin is a musician with a wide portfolio of jazz songs, for which inspiration may have been his musical journeys to New York, Austin, Odessa and Austin. The album can be treated as the portrait of a musician’s life on the road.
This double album is a interesting composition as it presents “One Night in an Austin Studio”, which is an acoustic version and “Heartbeat Orchestrated, same songs accompanied by orchestra, where Aggerbæk demonstrates a rare ability to handle the large format.
On the album we can find various songs with a different character beginning from the pop/blues to more diversed songs with a horn section and strings. A good example of the last mentioned can be full of joy and swing “I will forget” or “Daydream”.
My favourite song on the album is “A fool”, which presents a wide range of Benjamin voice and his vocal skills.