Everyone can relate to the roots of Black music, to blues, rock and jazz. Yet when it comes down to it, and you put your headphones on and dive into that heavily promoted soundscape, you often find that your expectations have exceeded the promised acoustic experience.
Detlef Malinkewitz has found songs which were already hits in their own time, have defied all musical influences and have to this day lost none of their fascination, energy and joie de vivre. With these songs, he’s created an album the like of which has never been heard before.
The album “feeling good” has Black roots. It’s studded with top songs which became worldwide hits thanks to their brilliant melodies and fantastic grooves.
Songs – some of which were recorded back in the 60s and 70s – have been transported into the sound of our own day by 25 of Europe’s best musicians at one of the world’s leading recording studios.
Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” from 1964, classics like “Everlasting Love” from the legendary Motown Record Company and Sam Cooke's unmistakable R&B style in “Bring It On Home To Me” are included alongside Screamin' Jay Hawkings' “I Put A Spell On You” – which, without a doubt, represents one of the many musical highlights of this album.
The Chicago Blues of the 60s are also represented in two of the legendary Muddy Waters’ songs, performed in a completely new sound. The album is rounded off with that epic creation of the British band Procol Harum, “A Whiter Shade of Pale” from 1967, and a reinterpretation of Sinatra's worldwide hit “Fly Me to the Moon”.
The album's grand orchestration makes it clear that this album isn’t a simple pop, rock, blues or jazz album, but a crossover of all of these soundscapes, carried by Detlef Malinkewitz's incomparable voice, which serves all these genres brilliantly.