The dashing, dapper, and debonaire Max Raabe evokes another era: Berlin in the 1920s. His elegant poise, suave sophistication, and silky-smooth singing voice–backed by the stylings of the brilliant 12-piece big band known as the Palast Orchester–bring a bygone time to life. And yet, there’s something strangely modern about tunes by the likes of Cole Porter and Irving Berlin. How can you not love a musical act that can move from Kurt Weill’s “Alabama Song” to the Walter Jurmann classic “Mein Gorilla hat ‘ne Villa im Zoo” (My Gorilla has a Villa in the Zoo)?, asked the Los Angeles Times, and we agree.
Raabe’s passion for the past was first roused by a humorous instrumental called “I’m Crazy About Hilda,” and before long he was collecting rare 78s in his native Germany. Audiences around the globe love his meticulous recreations of the standards, spot-on reimagining of contemporary tunes, and witty humour.