Category Archives: gothicjazz

Chabliz

Thinking about some of the great bands I have featured before my mind wandered on to the warm, beautiful voice of Petra de Winter and her wonderful band Chabliz. So I set out to see what they had been up to.
Earlier this month they dropped their latest release “Straight Stories”. It’s been a few years in the making, but masterpieces take time. They recorded and produced this album themselves, a pretty heavy load I would have to guess.
As I mentioned the album is called “Straight Stories” and you need it in your collection.

Chabliz are the popnoir / gothicjazz band from the Netherlands, featuring the awesome voice of Petra de Winter, Pim van Riezen (piano) & Marcel Peters (acoustic double bass).

So, we’re all caught up right?  So let’s get to the music, the wonderful dark delicious sound that is Chabliz.

Here is the awesome title track from their previous album performed live @ de Regentenkamer, The Hague, during the album release show of the new “Straight Stories” album (2017):
Nightporter

“Nightporter” written by Petra de Winter and Marcel Peters. They wrote the song after watching Liliane Cavani’s movie “The Nightporter.”
“We apologize for the bad sound quality of this live video. For the bathroom/ swimming pool sound of it. Some of our fans abroad were waiting to watch a live video of our album release concert, so here it is. Hopefully it will give an impression anyway, despite the bad sound quality of this live video.” Chabliz

 

From the new album an amazing live version of the Michael Jackson song, a version like you have never heard before. This is totally unique, and beautiful in it’s dark grandeur. Throw in a touch of Bach, some opera and punk rock and you have the Chabliz concoction, awesome.
Billie Jean

Recorded & filmed by RikJanssen  & Eline van Hooff at June 12, 2016.

 

As I mentioned above it has taken a few years to bring this album, this masterpiece to fruition. In the meantime they were performing these songs here, there and everywhere. Honing the style and the arrangements. This is from a couple of years ago a very unique presentation (with a very cute angel) of track seven from the album.
Imitating Angels

Written by The Nymphs(Inger)
Little angel : Naomi Peters
Regie, camera, montage – Riske de Vries
Directed by Riske de Vries
Light & assist – Caroline Keman, Paula Vonhof, Marieke Huisman Visagie – Esther Phaff
Color grading – Tess van Schie.
Song production and mixing: Pim van Riezen and Petra de Winter
Song arrangement : Chabliz
Song mastering: Pim van Riezen, Arizona mastering, Petra de Winter.
Song recording: Pim van Riezen and Ap de Ree

 

Well you knew I wouldn’t let you go without a chance to listen to the album. But do yourself a favor and get your own copy, the song “Poppies in Flanders Fields” alone is worth the price of the album. I’m so glad they included it on the album.  A beautiful tribute to those that gave all.

Straight Stories

 

Petra de Winter

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Petra de Winter is a wonderful singer who hails from The Hague, Netherlands. Petra is a singer, songwriter, in management at Chabliz. She is also a singer/songwriter/producer at Olsen Winter and Singer-songwriter at Chabliz. Petra also gives vocal workshops and vocal coaching to adults and children. I wonder when she gets time to sleep.

I posted this first video on my old blog a while back, but today being the 100 year anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme seemed like a fitting use of this beautiful song.
Petra is in wonderful voice and the full backing of the amazing Chabliz is perfection.

Poppies in Flanders Fields

Chabliz song about WW1 ( The Great War ), composed by Gerrit Vennema. The song starts as a jazzy ballad and ends with operatic Wagnerian rock. Chabliz singer Petra de Winter went to the WW1 battlefields in Belgium and France and read several books about the subject. Chabliz drummer Ap de Ree has a special interest in the historic military aspects of WW1. They were very impressed about what they saw on their trips to the battlefields and spoke about it with composer Gerrit Vennema, who got inspired. Gerrit read some books about the subject and composed this song. Chabliz arranged it and strangely they managed to catch the atmosphere of the big war graveyards in Belgium and France. This song is a tribute to all fallen soldiers, from all nationalities, especially in WW1. Composer Gerrit Vennema is a good friend of the band and gave his permission to promote this song at Soundcloud and other (social) media. John McCrae wrote the words in May 1915. He was one of the war poets, one of the soldiers who fought in WW1.

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A strangely hypnotic re-write to a classic, a wonderful performance and the beautiful voice of Petra. What more could you ask for?
Brilliant, just brilliant.
Strange Fish

“Strange Fish” is an adaptation of the classic song “Strange Fruit”. We wrote new lyrics for this jazz standard, following the current situation of people fleeing war. This song is dedicated to all the refugees of war, and is our musical contribution to the political debate; a small, personal initiative of a few musicians.

“Strange Fruit” is originally written by Abel Meeropol (aka Lewis Allan) and sung by among others Billie Holiday and Nina Simone.
Singer-songwriter Petra de Winter wrote this adaptation of the lyrics, together with Richard Underscore. Lyrics-advice by Catself.

This is a live home recording, made by René ten Cate. Mixing and mastering by Mosound Productions.
Vocals: Petra de Winter. Piano : René ten Cate. Saxophone : Nicko Christiansen.

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More from Chabliz at the old blog, please ignore the stupid “Content Warning” Blogger / Google slapped on it.  Who knows one year they might get down to the investigation they promised month ago. But not holding my breath, hence the move to here.