Songs & Lullabies CD (2003)

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Label Ryko Distribution
SKU 60595375
UPC 016728110822
UPC 14 00016728110822
Format CD
Release Date 4/1/2003
Author F Hersch; N Winstone
Compilation Appearance Music Of Cole Porter
Associated Artist/Work Alessi, Ralph
Associated Artist/Work Bergonzi, Jerry
Associated Artist/Work Bloom, Jane Ira
Associated Artist/Work Brown, Jeri
Associated Artist/Work Clayton, Jay
Associated Artist/Work Delbecq, Benoit
Associated Artist/Work Fred Hersh
Associated Artist/Work Gori, Nico
Technical Info
Engineer A.T. Michael MacDonald
CatalogID SSC 1108
Lable Name Sunnyside
Released 04/01/2003
Original Release 2003
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 58m : 5s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00016728110822
Musical Guests
Gary Burton
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Fred Hersch (piano); Norma Winstone (vocals); Gary Burton (vibraphone).
Producers: A.T. Michael MacDonald, Norma Winstone, Fred Hersch.
Recorded at Ambient Studios, Stamford, Connecticut.
Personnel: Fred Hersch (piano); Gary Burton (vibraphone).
Audio Mixer: A.T. Michael MacDonald.
Recording information: Ambient Recording Company, Stamford, CT (07/2002).
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
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.?
Disc 1
1 Longing
2 Stars
3 Wish, A
4 Lost In Another Time
5 Songs & Lullabies
6 Spirits
7 Eight Deadly Sin, The
8 Bird In The Rain
9 To Music
10 Song Of Life
11 Invitation To The Dance

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