Odyssey: a brilliant debut CD by Nathalie Kraemer

The only shortcoming of this CD is… its duration of only twenty-two minutes. This debut disc includes six songs that Nathalie Kraemer, a young German artist who lives in Canada, sings with her powerful and expressive voice. Most notable are C’est ça la vie, a lyric-driven chanson, Darling, a wonderful jazz ballad, and Sick Obsession, a true rock anthem. George Koller, one of the best Canadian jazz musicians of the moment, was entrusted with the minimalist yet creative arrangement, and accompanied Kramer on the bass, the synthesizer and the amazing C. Bechstein D 280 concert grand piano at Toronto’s Number 9 studios. Kraemer’s debut CD is an enriching discovery.