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Smoke & Noise - Songs Of Mischa Spoliansky / Melinda Hughes

Spoliansky / Hughes
Release Date: 09/13/2011 
Label:  Nimbus   Catalog #: 6139  
Composer:  Mischa Spoliansky
Performer:  Jeremy LimbMelinda HughesJamie FisherAndy Tolman,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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SMOKE AND NOISE: Songs by Mischa Spoliansky and Kiss & Tell Melinda Hughes (vocalist); Jeremy Limb (pn); various instrumentalists NIMBUS ALLIANCE NI 6139 (52:58 Text and Translation)


Melinda Hughes is a trained soprano who also sings in a cabaret style, which is the emphasis of this disc. Unlike most classical singers who cross over, her approach is totally natural and comfortable, and the result is a delightful disc.


Mischa Spoliansky was a Russian Jew born in 1898 Read more who was orphaned at the age of 11, followed his sister to Berlin, and joined the literary cabaret club Schall und Rauch, in the cellar of the Grosses Schauspielhaus in Berlin. Thus, the name of this disc (the translation of “Schall und Rauch”). In 1933 he emigrated to London, where he wrote film scores and musicals and where he died in 1985. His music is in the center of the cabaret tradition, and there is also a strong klezmer influence. Most of the 16 songs on this disc are by Spoliansky, but four are by Kiss & Tell, a modern cabaret ensemble headed by vocalist Hughes, pianist/arranger Jeremy Limb, and co-writer Lloyd Evans.


These songs are heavy in irony and humor, and are performed with abandon and musicality. Hughes can switch on a dime from tenderness to bitterness, from raucous humor to warmth. Her diction is excellent (Nimbus provides texts for those songs sung in German). Limb’s arrangements are effective, making you feel that you are sitting in a German cabaret in the 1920s. The mood is set from the beginning, with Spoliansky’s “Life’s a Swindle.” This song, from the 1931 show Alles Schwindel , is filled with irony and satire, and Hughes brings it off with remarkable spirit.


The recorded sound is natural and well balanced, and the booklet contains useful information about Spoliansky and affectionate notes about the genre by Hughes. In sum, a delightful disc.


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Works on This Recording

1. Alles Schwindel by Mischa Spoliansky
Performer:  Jeremy Limb (Piano), Melinda Hughes (Voice), Jamie Fisher (Drums),
Andy Tolman (Double Bass), Andy Smith (Trumpet), Philip Achille (Harmonica),
Martin White (Accordion)
Period: 20th Century 
2. Crunch by Mischa Spoliansky
Performer:  Jeremy Limb (Piano), Melinda Hughes (Voice), Jamie Fisher (Drums),
Andy Tolman (Double Bass), Andy Smith (Trumpet), Philip Achille (Harmonica),
Martin White (Accordion)
3. L'heure bleue by Mischa Spoliansky
Performer:  Jeremy Limb (Piano), Melinda Hughes (Voice), Jamie Fisher (Drums),
Andy Tolman (Double Bass), Andy Smith (Trumpet), Philip Achille (Harmonica),
Martin White (Accordion)
Period: 20th Century 
4. Das Gesellschaftslied "The Smart Set" by Mischa Spoliansky
Performer:  Jeremy Limb (Piano), Melinda Hughes (Voice), Jamie Fisher (Drums),
Andy Tolman (Double Bass), Andy Smith (Trumpet), Philip Achille (Harmonica),
Martin White (Accordion)
5. Carbon Footprints in my Jimmy Choos by Mischa Spoliansky
Performer:  Jeremy Limb (Piano), Melinda Hughes (Voice), Jamie Fisher (Drums),
Andy Tolman (Double Bass), Andy Smith (Trumpet), Philip Achille (Harmonica),
Martin White (Accordion)
6. Lila Lied by Mischa Spoliansky
Performer:  Jeremy Limb (Piano), Melinda Hughes (Voice), Jamie Fisher (Drums),
Andy Tolman (Double Bass), Andy Smith (Trumpet), Philip Achille (Harmonica),
Martin White (Accordion)
7. Where flamingoes fly by Mischa Spoliansky
Performer:  Jeremy Limb (Piano), Melinda Hughes (Voice), Jamie Fisher (Drums),
Andy Tolman (Double Bass), Andy Smith (Trumpet), Philip Achille (Harmonica),
Martin White (Accordion)
8. Ich bin ein Vamp! by Mischa Spoliansky
Performer:  Jeremy Limb (Piano), Melinda Hughes (Voice), Jamie Fisher (Drums),
Andy Tolman (Double Bass), Andy Smith (Trumpet), Philip Achille (Harmonica),
Martin White (Accordion)
Period: 20th Century 
9. Toy Boy by Mischa Spoliansky
Performer:  Jeremy Limb (Piano), Melinda Hughes (Voice), Jamie Fisher (Drums),
Andy Tolman (Double Bass), Andy Smith (Trumpet), Philip Achille (Harmonica),
Martin White (Accordion)
10. Auf der Mundharmonica by Mischa Spoliansky
Performer:  Jeremy Limb (Piano), Melinda Hughes (Voice), Jamie Fisher (Drums),
Andy Tolman (Double Bass), Andy Smith (Trumpet), Philip Achille (Harmonica),
Martin White (Accordion)
11. Close your eyes and wish for happiness by Mischa Spoliansky
Performer:  Jeremy Limb (Piano), Melinda Hughes (Voice), Jamie Fisher (Drums),
Andy Tolman (Double Bass), Andy Smith (Trumpet), Philip Achille (Harmonica),
Martin White (Accordion)
12. Nie wieder Liebe: Leben ohne Liebe by Mischa Spoliansky
Performer:  Jeremy Limb (Piano), Melinda Hughes (Voice), Jamie Fisher (Drums),
Andy Tolman (Double Bass), Andy Smith (Trumpet), Philip Achille (Harmonica),
Martin White (Accordion)
Period: 20th Century 
13. Kleptonmania by Mischa Spoliansky
Performer:  Jeremy Limb (Piano), Melinda Hughes (Voice), Jamie Fisher (Drums),
Andy Tolman (Double Bass), Andy Smith (Trumpet), Philip Achille (Harmonica),
Martin White (Accordion)
14. Smokers Lament by Mischa Spoliansky
Performer:  Jeremy Limb (Piano), Melinda Hughes (Voice), Jamie Fisher (Drums),
Andy Tolman (Double Bass), Andy Smith (Trumpet), Philip Achille (Harmonica),
Martin White (Accordion)
15. Don’t be afraid by Mischa Spoliansky
Performer:  Jeremy Limb (Piano), Melinda Hughes (Voice), Jamie Fisher (Drums),
Andy Tolman (Double Bass), Andy Smith (Trumpet), Philip Achille (Harmonica),
Martin White (Accordion)
16. Auf Wiedersehen by Mischa Spoliansky
Performer:  Jeremy Limb (Piano), Melinda Hughes (Voice), Jamie Fisher (Drums),
Andy Tolman (Double Bass), Andy Smith (Trumpet), Philip Achille (Harmonica),
Martin White (Accordion)

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