«Uten deg» is the debut of Gro-Marthe Dickson and her Cole Porter project «D-lovely». On this recording, Dickson is putting her mark on the music by interpreting and re-poeming a few of the lyrics from his wide collection into Norwegian language.
An intent of the project is aiming to present jazz music with a sensibility that brings out unexposed sides in the music of one of the great composers in the era of popular music. The music, which in its original form is showtunes and Tin Pan Alley pop, has been through a type of recycling. It is presented in rather traditional swing- and latin arrangements (made by Dickson and Westlund), but with harmonic variations that pillars the message of the Norwegian lyrics. Occasionally, Dickson’s love for soul and gospel is shining through.
The lyrics in their purity can be read as stand-alone poems, and can be described as clouds. They come with wind and breeze, rain or snow, they are gloomy and misty, they are feathery, they are dancing around the sun and the moon, and they forecast the weather. One can hear some of the theatrical from Porter’s original lyrics, but the essential in the re-poeming lies the sentimental, the romantic and the nostalgic.
The album was recorded live 3rd of June 2018 in Urban Sound Studios (Oslo), by Aleksander Sjølie, is mixed by Sjølie and Dickson, and mastered by Christ Sansom in Propeller Recordings.