Carole Alston & Erwin Schmidt | Billy Strayhorn My Little Brown Book

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Billy Strayhorn My Little Brown Book

by Carole Alston & Erwin Schmidt

12 compositions by Billy Strayhorn - some of them sung the first time
Genre: Jazz: Chamber Jazz
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1. My Little Brown Book
2:46 album only
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2. Something to Live For
4:32 album only
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3. A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing
3:31 album only
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4. Ballad for the Very Tired and Very Sad Lotus Eaters
5:40 album only
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5. Snibor
4:19 album only
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6. The Star Crossed Lovers
3:32 album only
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7. Just a Sittin' and a Rockin'
2:43 album only
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8. Lush Life
5:30 album only
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9. Rain Check
3:33 album only
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10. Lotus Blossom
3:07 album only
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11. Kissing Bug
2:16 album only
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12. Day Dream
5:01 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The music on this album is a fantastic example of a successful symbiosis between composers and performers. Billy Strayhorn’s compositions which have accompanied us for many years, are historical Jazz masterpieces, perfect in the balance of melody, harmony and lyrics – a unique fusion of African-American and European music tradition. Strayhorn was known primarily for his collaboration with Duke Ellington, with whom he shared a penchant for French Impressionist composers. Based on their own blues and jazz tradition, together they created a new band sound, which has had a strong influence on musicians, composers and arrangers for many decades.

The classics created in this style such as "Something To Live For", "A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing", "Lush Life" or "Daydream" are genuine jewels of jazz history and it is an immense pleasure to find these compositions interpreted by two absolute top musicians on a CD.

This music needs no superficial effects, its strength lies in its direct, simple beauty, and is presented here by singer Carole Alston and pianist Erwin Schmidt with deep consideration and understanding. The full sound of Carole`s voice fits beautifully to Strayhorn's timeless melodies and she masterfully uses her nuanced timbre to reflect this in all its details. Erwin Schmidt presents himself as a perfect accompanist and stylistically confident soloist with an impressive feeling for dynamics and vast harmonic diversity. Here one never has the feeling as if something is somewhat exaggerated or distorted, both are aware of their musical identity , from which they benefit, giving this music the measure of personality it demands.

The conscious decision to exclude additional accompanying instruments allows Carole and Erwin direct musical communication and it is excellent the way they understand and take advantage of this circumstance and yet showcase this music in its entire tonal and rhythmic diversity.

Vocal / Piano Duos have a long tradition in jazz, and this album needs not shun comparisons to the productions of great artists of the past.

Carole Alston and Erwin Schmidt present themselves as absolutely convincing interpreters of Billy Strayhorn's music and thus awaken the hope for future joint projects within the framework of the "Great American Songbook".

Oliver Kent, Nov. 2015

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