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Format: CD
Sku: 60595375
UPC: 016728110822
UPC 14: 00016728110822
Release Date: 4/1/2003
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Longing ~ Fred Hersch/Norma Winstone
2. Stars ~ Fred Hersch/Norma Winstone
3. Wish, A ~ Fred Hersch/Norma Winstone
4. Lost In Another Time ~ Fred Hersch/Norma Winstone
5. Songs & Lullabies ~ Fred Hersch/Norma Winstone
6. Spirits ~ Fred Hersch/Norma Winstone
7. Eight Deadly Sin, The ~ Fred Hersch/Norma Winstone
8. Bird In The Rain ~ Fred Hersch/Norma Winstone
9. To Music ~ Fred Hersch/Norma Winstone
10. Song Of Life ~ Fred Hersch/Norma Winstone
11. Invitation To The Dance ~ Fred Hersch/Norma Winstone
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Fred Hersch (piano); Norma Winstone (vocals); Gary Burton (vibraphone).
Muze PNote Producers: A.T. Michael MacDonald, Norma Winstone, Fred Hersch.
Muze PNote Recorded at Ambient Studios, Stamford, Connecticut.
Muze PNote Personnel: Fred Hersch (piano); Gary Burton (vibraphone).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: A.T. Michael MacDonald.
Muze PNote Recording information: Ambient Recording Company, Stamford, CT (07/2002).
Muze PNote This is a deeply romantic CD, but not the fluffy kind: its music and words are powerful and introspective, rather than syrupy or sentimental. Fred Hersch has recorded with many fine vocalists -- Janis Siegel, Meredith d'Ambrosio, Barbara Sfraga, and Luciana Souza among them -- but this is the first time these 11 compositions are all his own, with lyrics and vocals by Azimuth co-founder Norma Winstone. Her words are intelligent and poetic, perfectly fitted to Hersch's lush melodies, and she sings with soul and grace. The songs span two decades, from Hersch's '80s trademarks "Heartsong" and "Sarabande" to recent work like the transcendentally beautiful "Endless Stars" -- which becomes "Stars" here, and also appears on his recent trio CD, Live at the Village Vanguard. Master vibist Gary Burton joins the duo on three tracks; his interplay with Hersch on "A Wish" is particularly delicious, like two fast-flowing streams tumbling and sparkling in the sun. Winstone turns the familiar "Heartsong" into "Song of Life," a purely joyful celebration. Aside from the banquet of Hersch's incomparable lyricism, there's also humor in the Monk-ish "The Eighth Deadly Sin" (procrastination) where Winstone brilliantly describes the agony of approaching a creative deadline. Songs and Lullabies offers an intimate yet universal journey, full of wistful meditations on love; warmly recorded, it's a must for fans of Hersch and Winstone and aficionados of the highest levels of jazz piano and musicianship. This CD is life-affirming, inspiring, gorgeous, and highly recommended. ~ Judith Schlesinger

Engineer: A.T. Michael MacDonald

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Gary Burton

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Music Of Cole Porter

Associated Artists and Works

Alessi, Ralph
Bergonzi, Jerry
Bloom, Jane Ira
Brown, Jeri
Clayton, Jay
Delbecq, Benoit
Fun House [Digipak] ~ Delbecq, Benoit
Fred Hersh
Gori, Nico
Free Flying [Digipak] ~ Lage, Julian
LaSpina, Steve
Siegel, Janis

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 04/01/2003
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2003
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : SSC 1108
Music Label Name Label : Sunnyside
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00016728110822

Professional Reviews

JazzTimes (6/03, p.116)
- "...Throughout, SONGS & LULLABIES, an exemplary collection of Hersch originals refitted with fresh Winstone lyrics, he is water and fire, she is earth and air..."

Spirituality & Health (Vol. 7, No. 3, p.75)
- ?[G]entle, wistfully poignant jazz album?.[O]ffers inspiration in the fading light.?

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