Reviews

José Luís Greco (composer, ES)

“Her voice is as exciting as a roller coaster. It feels like danger, like she´s going to go flying off the rails, but one is constantly reassured that she´s securely attached, firmly grounded. So many surprises, so many registers, colors, so much humor, and sometimes melancholy, all coming out of that golden throat of hers! Truly amazing.” 

David Balakrishnan (violinist and founder of Turtle Island String Quartet, USA)

“She is a seriously talented singer, and nicely set in string quartet, really beautiful original material.”

Musenblätter (DE)

“This is a virtuoso through and through and a bit bizarre, beautiful bizarre.”

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The Art Music Lounge (USA)

“This album is a killer. Nearly every track comes at you like an assault of rhythm in which the twists and turns of the music keep you on the edge of your seat.”  

“There’s an elemental, animal excitement in everything Dunér sings that grabs you by the throat and pulls you out of complacency.….” 

“….improvising like a jazz horn. Many such singers have claimed this distinction, but only a handful, Dunér, Mark Murphy and Anita O’Day among them, have ever really achieved this.”

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Fanfare Magazine (USA)

“This is a first-class creator and this is a stunning album, the music of which certainly opens up new and quite astonishing possibilities for other jazz vocal artists around the world to emulate and expand.”

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Michael Haas, Producer (Producer of The City of My Soul. Haas has produced artists such as Luciano Pavarotti & Plácido Domingo etc.)

” A unique artist of enormous talent and intelligence. A profoundly individual composer & stunning singer.”

 

Musenblätter (DE)

“….of such outstanding quality, that in the history of music, once again I have to go all the way back to Kurt Weill to find any equivalent.”

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From Baroque to Bop and Beyond (USA)

“We begin with Kairo – there are less notes here than in any single bar of Gershwin’s An American in Paris, but it is infinitely richer in content and better music.”

“Sophie Dunér has here provided a matrix for jazz-classical vocal writing in the new millennium, a means of presenting the singing voice in a context that could work within a jazz oratorio or opera.”

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The Expressionist (USA)

“Sophie Dunér has brought a new edge to the music industry. A completely new and unique genre and brand of music. A resemblance to Tim Burton´s music in his movie soundtracks.”

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Cadence Magazine  (N.Y, USA)

“As a composer, lyricist and vocalist we pretty much have to acknowledge that Sophie is a genuine triple threat.”

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Kathodik (IT)

“An album of great sophistication with a writing style that equals (sophistication) to the results by the Brodsky Quartet in Moodswing (then in the company of the likes of Sting or Rodney Bennett, for instance).

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Cadence Magazine (USA)

“Her CDs all have something going for them. That something is Ms. Dunér. This woman comes at you from all angles. She is a dynamic singer and an excellent lyricist  and composer. You really ought to check out her work.“Intriguing music – If you play it enough, they will become originals.”

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Babysue.com (USA)

“An unusual and exciting experience indeed, an amazingly expressive voice that seems particularly well-suited for a string quartet – a true original etc.”

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MusicWeb International (U.K)

“Sophie Dunér is a real one-off. Her lyrics are spellbindingly kooky. Her bizarre narratives and her off-kilter persona are always intriguing. She’s far more engaging and wacky than most artists around. The rather fascinating creature that is Sophie Dunér…..”

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Cadence Magazine (N.Y, USA)

“A singer of astonishing range and technique, a composer and a creative musician with unusual ideas. Dunér is one of the most interesting singers I’ve heard recently.”

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Svenska Dagbladet (SE)

“…the passionate and wild jazz singer Sophie Dunér.”

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Monday Afternoon Classics with Gandalf/WJFF Radio (N.Y, USA)

“Sophie Dunér is a composer of extraordinary talent – her music was widely praised by our listeners.”

Music Zoom (IT)

“Brilliant & innovative….Sophie Dunér has achieved something monumental.”

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Monday Afternoon Classics with Gandalf/WJFF Radio (N.Y, USA)

“A true renaissance woman – her singing is really post-modern jazz style, while the instrumental accompaniment is post-modern classical.”

Svenska Dagbladet (Stockholm, Sweden)

“…one of the most consistent iconoclast jazz singers in this country – 5 stars.”

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Touching Extremes (Italy)

“…an artist who doesn´t need stilettos and tit-asphyxiating dresses to allure the listener, leaving that task to the genuine curiosity that the music generates.”

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 All About Jazz Italia (IT)

“…..writing incisive, humorous, diverse, sometimes minimalist at times surrealist.”

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 Musenblätter (Germany)

“An exceptional artist, a vocal virtuoso, an outstanding talent – at eye level with Kurt Weill, Lennon/McCartney, Gordon Sumner, Ricky Lee Jones and Kate Bush.”

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All About Jazz Italia (IT)

“A multifaceted, fascinating singer with an extraordinary vocal technique, a witty writer, self-confident composer, sophisticated arranger.”

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Tokafi (DE)

“A stunningly multi-talented one-woman-army of singer, composer, painter and inventive arranger.”

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Temporary Fault (IT)

“Brecht and Hendrix with strings in a jazz club….thick substance and a distinct personality………..excellent work, worthy of the utmost attention.”

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The Expressionist (USA)

“Unique and fresh-reminds me of an era with strong vocal artists, now legends like Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, and Johnnie Mathis, but with a modern tone. 5 stars.”

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Tidningen Kulturen (ES)

“Between Kronos and Krause. Her vocal equilibrities  and her capability to switch between different styles makes her one of the most interesting singers in our country.”

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Jazz.com (USA)

“……..a rare and exotic species. Such a discovery is the enigmatic Swedish singer, composer, poet and painter Sophie Dunér. Prolific, fearless and quirky.”

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Jazz.com (USA)

“This remarkable talent wears many hats, including painter, poet and arranger .”

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Folkword (DE)

“A fabulous singer with strong techniques and the capability to sing out of the heart. A beautiful album with intriguing compositions.”

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Rootsy.nu (SE)

“Feline she switches from low-key & intimate into virtuoso pirouettes high up in the registers, as swift and imperceptibly as she slides from semi-smoky cabaret atmospheres into expressive atonalities. With a brilliant vocal art, prodigiously beautiful……..”

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Scherzo (ES)

“Radiant, the sun shines on this CD by Sophie Dunér……….a creation inspired by material from the street that sounds in the speed of a carousel.”

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Cuadernos de Jazz (ES)

“Sophie Dunér has a powerful voice: versatile, expressive and bombastic….the irony and the occasional melancholy flaneur of her lyrics are similar to the ones by Kurt Weill.”

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Lena Margret Junoff, Duke Ellington singer

“Sophie is a fantastic virtuoso , something in between Alice Babs and Sarah Vaughan. If she had met Duke Ellington with me, he would have engaged her with his orchestra. A fantastic composer and lyricist. The lyrics are enormous, too much for me to handle. Ellington would have loved her madly. I agree with all the critics in New York and in Sweden.”

C.I.M.P, Records/ Bob Rusch (who has produced artists such as Chet Baker & Cecil Taylor) – CD RELEASE 2006, (Redwood, NY)

“I was impressed by her form-filling yet ethereal vocal integration within a jazz combo and also by her original compositions. Sophie is both a personal & original singer and a composer of substance. she has written over half of the tunes for this stunning release.”

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All about Jazz Italia (IT)

“The answer to C.I.M.P and Bob Rusch, to Blue Note and Norah Jones is called Sophie Dunér.”

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Cadence Magazine (N.Y, USA)

“…..her sensibility and smarts are what make her songs — and they contribute crucially to making this record . Duner behaves according to the familiar credos of Modern Art….”

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Cadence Magazine (N.Y, USA)

“….her cryptic lyrics explore the vagaries of male-female relationships with a wryness,  authenticity & humor that springs from real life….interesting writing ably performed by four excellent musicians.”

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Nordische Musik (DE)

“…..unusual is the Swedish singer Sophie Dunér, she is much more than just a ( jazz ) singer. With her incredible width, the possibilities of her voice and loads of imagination, she creates her own song universe between jazz, chanson, folk and fast poetry slam.”

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Ingvar Loco Nordin, SONOLOCO RECORD REVIEWS 2006 (SE)

“When it comes to Sophie’s achievements they are marvellous. Her texts are fascinating, head-on, humorous, venomous, intelligent, funny and with that dark, serious strike that raises them out of the present,to a common ground without genres or brands, where the songs live their own life and stand their ground. Her melodies are almost all of the time plain hit material, and her singing, not least, is wonderful, brilliant, sexy and melancholy – and her phrasing is out of this world!”

Dusted Magazine 2006 (USA)

“Sophie Dunér comes up with something personal and persuasive to say. I hear some of Joan Armatrading in her warm, folksy way of phrasing a lyric and lacing it with falsetto trills. There’s a little Anita O’Day in there too, with a sassy insouciance sharpening some of her turns of verse. Dunér’s songsmithing is suitably idiosyncratic with imagery that leaves much to the imagination. “Jack the Ripper” finds her dealing in Yma Sumac-evocative octave leaps. The follow-up “Lonely Woman” copped from the Horace Silver songbook not Coleman, reminds me of the mellower side of Patty Waters mixed with Nina Simone.”

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Other reviews & comments:

Ingvar Loco Nordin, Music Critic, Sonoloco Record Reviews (Stockholm, SE)

“Listening to this Gummeson Gallery recording and working with the music and texts, it dawns upon me with brute force what an excellent, yes, brilliant, composer Sophie Dunér is, in a complete, genuine sterling way. Her texts – intelligent, biting, sardonic, parodic, humorous but also serious and gentle – are at one with her tunes, her arrangements, and such is the vibrant atmosphere around her creativity that I don’t fear to say that she is among the top ten writers of contemporary jazz tunes in the world. Furthermore, her interpretations of her own songs – her intonation, her phrasing, her absolute stage presence – set her apart from most of her comparable contemporaries; allows her a very special place in the limelight – and I can only wish that she will sweep the world into breathless surrender – because she’s worth it!”

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Flora Purim, Brazilian Jazz Singer (USA)

“I am very impressed. Never stop writing and singing your own music – you are already apart of a very creative group called musicians.”

Südostschweiz Presse AG (CH)

” An outstanding voice. Her marvellous way of singing and her incredible voice reminds us of how much crap music we listen to every day through the radio.”

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ABC (ES)

” On stage, a nocturne and majestic voice such as the one of Karin Krogh or Sidsel Endressen, we have the young promising singer Sophie Dunér.”

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Baadische Neuste (DE)

“I cant forget Sophie Dunér, the Swedish singer. She has an incredibly expressive voice and she was also convinsing as a composer.”

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All Music Guide, New York 1997 (USA)

“….with an intense vocal Spanish performance by Sophie Dunér.”

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Bizcaya Buru Bazaar (ES)

” The strong and expressive force in the voice of Sophie Dunér are a few things that characterize the Art Trio….”

Orkesterjournalen (SE)

“Sophie Dunér came from Boston and was a success at the Stockholm Jazz Festival.”

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Hal Crook, trombone player and Berklee College jazz improvisation professor (USA)

“You sing the shit out of the horn players.”

Luís Escolar, composer of “Livin La Vida Loca” (ES)

“You are too good for the big record labels.”