Really Just Friends (2017)
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Really Just Friends

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Imagine sunny Kadriorg Park on an early spring evening in February. This is exactly the atmosphere in Kumu auditorium, starting from the very first notes of the concert by Estonian singer-songwriter Helin-Mari Arder and Andy Fite – an American jazz guitarist, singer and songwriter living in Sweden. Winter jazz really does bring springtime closer! The concert started without a longer talk and the music seized the audience right away. The first song was from the new album “Really Just Friends”, which is mostly comprised of original tunes by Andy Fite..

..With the listeners the duo took faster and slower steps, laughed and cried. There were serious moments and some raw language, some bebop scatting from Helin-Mari Arder and surprising and humorous vocal improvisational moments from Andy Fite, including, for example, a very nice surprise: a solo on kazoo! We must also mention his excellent technique on guitar..

..The emotionally varied colors of the songs, with love as leitmotif, and the vitality and humanity they expressed, created a dynamic that somehow bound up the whole concert as if it was one story. The encore songs also carried the same energy. In the first of them, “How Many Times Do I Have to Say I’m Sorry”, Helin-Mari Arder’s masterfully phrased solo was especially memorable..

* Excerpt from Triin Kala’s article, about the CD presentation concert, at Kumu, Tallinn on February 18, 2017. Find the full article below.

The CD is a studio recording.

Product Description

  1. I Don’t Believe in You
          
  2. No Way, No Chance, No Deal
          
  3. My Candy’s Gone
  4. I Guess You Thought I’d Wait
  5. You’re Pretty
          
  6. Really Just Friends
  7. My Joy in Living
  8. If You’re in Love with Me
  9. How Many Times do I have to Say I’m Sorry
          
  10. Whatever it Was
  11. Two
  12. When I see Your Face
  13. A Penetrating Glance
  14. When You’re Not Good Enough
          
  15. Your Candy’s Gone
  16. That’s the Way the Cookie Crumbles

Really Just Friends
Helin-Mari Arder & Andy Fite

Lyrics by Andy Fite, music and arrangements by Andy Fite and Helin-Mari Arder.

  • Helin-Mari Arder – vocals
  • Andy Fite – vocals, guitar, kazoo

Recorded on july-august 2016, january 2017, at Stockholm. Other Street Music AG-1701


Echoes from the CD presentation concert:

Helin-Mari Arder and Andy Fite Bring Springtime Closer

Triin Kala

Imagine sunny Kadriorg Park on an early spring evening in February. This is exactly the atmosphere in Kumu auditorium, starting from the very first notes of the concert by Estonian singer-songwriter Helin-Mari Arder and Andy Fite – an American jazz guitarist, singer and songwriter living in Sweden. Winter jazz really does bring springtime closer!

This beautiful duo, working together for about ten years now, performed in the Winter Jazz Festival nine years ago. The joy of meeting again was great, both for the audience and the artists themselves. Both musicians have created a lot of music on their own through the years. And it is only natural that two so hard-working and talented artists recognized this in each other already ten years ago and united it on stage. This has led to a magical interaction that is solid as a rock, but yet so warm and beautiful.

The concert started without a longer talk and the music seized the audience right away. The first song was from the new album “Really Just Friends”, which is mostly comprised of original tunes by Andy Fite. After that there was the nicely swinging “Do You Know What? (I’m Starting to Like You)” from the first CD (I’m Starting to Like You). The whole repertoire was in English and the songs were by turns from the first and the newest CD.

With the listeners the duo took faster and slower steps, laughed and cried. There were serious moments and some raw language, some bebop scatting from Helin-Mari Arder and surprising and humorous vocal improvisational moments from Andy Fite, including, for example, a very nice surprise: a solo on kazoo! We must also mention his excellent technique on guitar.

The emotionally varied colors of the songs, with love as leitmotif, and the vitality and humanity they expressed, created a dynamic that somehow bound up the whole concert as if it was one story. The encore songs also carried the same energy. In the first of them, “How Many Times Do I Have to Say I’m Sorry”, Helin-Mari Arder’s masterfully phrased solo was especially memorable. The connection between the audience and the artists remained strong until the very last – third— encore. There too the duo kept their excellent sense of humor, improvising a speech-like vocal duet (not real words), a spicy argument in the everyday life of a couple.

As I was walking home after the concert and thinking about it, I realized I was smiling, and for good reason. Helin-Mari Arder and Andy Fite gave so much of themselves, and I believe that both younger and older listeners were very positively charged by this concert. To conclude my impressions of this sincere, beautiful and utterly professional concert I can say just one thing: amazing!

Helin-Mari Arder ja Andy Fite
Concert at Kumu, Tallinn, February 18, 2017

Koosseis:
Helin-Mari Arder – voice
Andy Fite – voice, guitar

See the photos of the concert here.

Find the original article here (in estonian).