When her third LP "Bebab" was issued, Barbara established her own record label in 1985. Having received the German jazz critics award, her popularity increased tremendously in Europe and grew during the nineties into a world wide reputation, followed by three recordings on ENJA and three on the international jazz label VERVE. On these recordings she worked a. o.
with Ray Anderson, Randy Brecker, Dennis Chambers, Roy Hargrove, Mitch Watkins, and Jeff 'Tain' Watts. Dennerlein's performances on the Hammond organ include solo performances as well as up to quintet formations with her "Bebab" band. With MIDI interfaces, built into pedals and manuals of her Hammond B-3 organ she adds synthesizers and samplers to her sound. With her bass pedal playing she replaces the rather weak Hammond pedal sound. After a variety of projects and after playing with renown unconventional musicians, such as Friedrich Gulda, Barbara Dennerlein started playing the pipe organ in 1994, finally recording a jazz album on church organ in 2002.
Since 2003 she also develops jazz projects in cooperation with symphonic orchestras. Barbara Dennerlein has been composing since the beginning of her career. Her first album already included four own titles. Her compositions vary from traditional blues schemes, romantic, melancholic ballads to tempo driven compositions with elements of swing, bebop, funk and Latin rhythms. The fast rhythm, often characterizing her interpretations of well known standards, require artistic pedal foot work in many of her own compositions.
Dennerlein often uses changing bars, as well as unconventional harmonic changes to confer narrative and figurative expression to her compositions. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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