Laura Weinbach and Anton Patzner have been playing music together for a number of years, but 2019 marks their first release as a duo. They have chosen to expand upon the stripped-down vocal jazz found in their performance of “La Vie En Rose,” which blew up on YouTube a few years ago. What results is Live Recordings, a bilingual collection of vocal, guitar, violin, and upright bass performances that include four covers and two original songs.
Recalling Julie London’s intimate guitar/vocal arrangements, Weinbach’s beautiful performances range from the wistful (“Stranger In Paradise”), to the buoyant (“I’ve Got Butterflies”). Patzner’s playing brings to mind Stuff Smith, as he weaves in and out of these songs with the effortlessness of the jazz violin greats.
The last two songs, Laura & Anton originals both in French, fit right in among these standards — suggesting perhaps we will hear more original music from these two in the future. Until then, enjoy Live Recordings and catch them in person at their record release show on May 16.