Garry Dial & Terre Roche | Us An' Them

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Us An' Them

by Garry Dial & Terre Roche

This music was made over a period of 17 years involving musicians from many countries. It\'s parents are a jazz musician and a folksinger. National anthems done like you\'ve never heard them before.
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1. Brazilian National Anthem
3:09 album only
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2. French National Anthem
2:58 album only
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3. Guinean National Anthem
4:27 album only
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4. Czechoslovakian National Anthem
5:30 album only
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5. Israeli National Anthem
4:09 album only
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6. Italian National Anthem
4:12 album only
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7. Tibetan National Anthem
5:04 album only
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8. Austrian National Anthem
6:52 album only
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9. Indian National Anthem
8:19 album only
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10. Jamaican National Anthem
4:08 album only
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11. Greenland National Anthem
4:03 album only
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12. Esperanto Anthem for World Peace
6:00 album only
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13. Canadian National Anthem
6:15 album only
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14. Norwegian National Anthem
4:58 album only
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15. Irish National Anthem
3:13 album only
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16. United States National Anthem
2:34 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
FROM BLITZ MAGAZINE'S WEB SITE:

THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME
By Michael McDowell

US AN’THEM - Garry Dial And Terre Roche (Just Dial Roche)

Inflammatory political rhetoric has been front and center in the mass media for decades.
Even more so in this first decade of the new millennium, in which it is becoming more
readily apparent that the last days of which the Biblical books of Daniel, Ezekiel and
Revelation foretold are imminent.

In such a volatile climate, many of the world’s nations have been experiencing political
upheaval. In the process, some of its leading entertainment figures have become self-
appointed guardians of the public trust, weighing in on matters of state with varying
degrees of credibility. Sadly, many of their endeavors have also proven to be neither
selfless or bereft of impartiality.

Enter pianist Garry Dial and singer/songwriter Terre Roche; two highly regarded figures
in their respective favored idioms (jazz and folk), who have provided herein an altruistic
forum for artists to weigh in by providing their own interpretations of sixteen national
anthems. Altruistic in that they have asked nothing more of the various participants than
to deliver to the best of their ability and with faithfulness to their respective artistic
visions.

Although they both have opted to use their public podium to champion their respective
causes over the years, of the two, it is Roche whose work has gravitated more towards the
political spotlight. As cofounder of the Park Ridge, New Jersey-based Roches (with
sisters Maggie and Suzzy), Terre Roche has maintained an undercurrent of social
consciousness in her work (which in part was influenced by Gospel, folk and rock and
roll); in turn inspiring such like minded artists as the Chenille Sisters and collaborations
with Paul Simon, King Crimson’s Robert Fripp and others.

Conversely, Dial (who concurrently serves as a professor at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City) has prioritized academia in his mission statement. Nonetheless, as a one time collaborator with trumpeters Ira
Sullivan and the late Charlie Parker sideman, Robert Roland “Red Rodney” Chudnick,
Dial has as a result emphasized the passion factor in his academic discipline.

Roche and Dial actually laid the groundwork for this project in the early 1990s, gradually
entrusting the rendering of each anthem to artists either under their tutelage or with
demonstrated vision of their respective anthems as a celebratory device, rather than one
subjected to the ever changing winds of the political climate. In that respect, they have
kept the original blueprint intact while allowing each participant carte blanche within
those parameters.

Although Roche and Dial profess no particular agenda in the selection of the sixteen
anthems presented in this collection, each does have the common thread of adaptability in
both structure and execution. And although one selection does not even represent a
specific country (Esperanto, which celebrates the language founded in 1887 by
ophthalmologist Ludwig Lazarus Zamenhof as an international means of
communication), each soloist (assisted as needed by either Roche or Dial) brings just
enough of their own mission statement to the table to season the mix, with Executive
Producer Bob Justich giving them the free rein to do so.

To that effect, Brazil’s national anthem benefits from a sympathetic rendering from
Barbara Mendes with Dial’s Sergio Mendes-flavored, flute (by the New York City-based
Anne Drummond) and percussion (from Forro In The Dark’s Mauro Refosco) friendly
arrangement. Likewise, the great nation of Israel is rightfully lauded by Dial’s exuberant
score, allowing vocalist Levi Kaplan to extol its numerous virtues without succumbing to
hyperbole.

And in some instances, the universal language of music herein portrays the host nations
in unlikely yet compatible lights. Witness the quasi-Manhattan Transfer meets McCoy
Tyner and Prestige era Miles Davis romp (with Roche on lead vocals) through La
Marseillaise, the national anthem of jazz-happy France. Or the Time Further Out-era
Dave Brubeck take on Austria’s Land Der Berge, Land Am Strome.

Bridging any perceived gap is tantamount to the project’s objectives, according to Dial in
the featurette in the accompanying DVD. The DVD also includes brief and fascinating
spotlights on participating artists Susan McKeown (Ireland), Sidiki Conde (Guinea),
Samir Chatterjee (India) and Namgyal Neshi (Tibet).

Perhaps the lone exception to the project’s professed musical and cultural solidarity is
Dial’s low key take on Calixa Lavallee’s O Canada, which succeeded God Save The
Queen as Canada’s national anthem in July 1980. Rendered with its original grandeur
intact, a solid case could be made for O Canada as being the greatest of all national
anthems. Its Gospel-like reverence portrays the splendor of the provinces with the utmost
of national adoration.

However, regarded in the light of provincial public opinion having taken umbrage with
the mass media’s portrayal of Parliament and its handling of certain so-called “hot
button” issues (as reflected in the results of the 14 October national elections), Dial’s
Manhattan School Of Music colleague, Peter Eldridge may well be within reason in
downplaying the reverential elements of the piece in favor of the compassionate and
intimate ones.

To be certain, Us An’ Them is a resounding success on all counts. And given the wide
range of possibilities extant with a proposed second volume (which would benefit greatly
from the inclusion of such unlikely participants as Cuba and North Korea), Dial and
Roche may well find themselves once again sowing the seeds of their harvest for some
time to come.

2.

"Two measures into the Brazilian National Anthem I was considering renting a condo in Sao Paulo. This is one of those rare occasions when expectation proved a sad reminder of my limited perspective on what is possible. You and Garry have far exceeded the already lofty idea I anticipated. The album is like those Russian nesting dolls where you open one, and another is revealed,and another,and another. Each a perfectly calibrated gift. Each connected but separate from the one before. The connection here, of course, being the global bond of music. The fact that we're listening to national anthems is almost an aside. Any scent of pomp or ceremony is deftly deflected by the jazz flavored arrangements and realspeak vocal interpretations. Even the more traditional and familiar compositions are given a nuanced twist that made me hear them as if for the very first time. My pitch would be something like: "If world travel isn't in the cards for you this year because of money or airport anxiety, pour yourself a good wine or cold beer. Get comfortable and hit the 'play' button on "Us an'Them". You'll be transported to places you've never been and places you'll remember well." And again, I think the cover art "pops" and instantly conveys a sense of the unusual tracks secreted within. It's something of a passport, bearing stamps of officialdom and whimsy, bold fonts and cloud continents. Thanks!" - C.

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BEAM

Us An'Them
The intent of this project, from it's conception, is enough to celebrate it's birth. Extraordinary intention has produced extrordinary results. It is "real" and you can feel it. And it is a triumph.
I would love to hear someday that school kids were listening to and watching copies of this CD & DVD. Maybe beginning their own anthem projects and perhaps in the process coming to love not only music but the cultures and peoples of the world. Imagine the extraordinary results.
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KJA

Us an\'Them
If music is the universal language, Terre and Garry are some of our most creative interpreters. They have produced an international tribute that reflects a running theme of respect for cultural diversity. That sense of respect is heard and seen through a variety of anthems, performing artist(s), instrumentation, lyrics, and arrangements. The end result is a feast for the eyes and ears. After listening to the CD and then watching the DVD, I better understood the scope of the project and the long-term commitment to produce it. The musicians are world-class, the music is first-rate, and the DVD ties it all together. A very entertaining and educational listening and viewing experience. Worth the money and then some!
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Linda Leavitt

US An'Them
National anthems, gospels of place and identity, are songs that shape how we see ourselves and the rest of the world. Listening to anthems that are not our own is an emotionally direct route toward understanding other societies and the myriad of immigrant subcultures existing in our own country.

Although this collection of anthems from around the globe was seventeen years in the making, the timing of its release - just prior to the US presidential election - feels perfect. As we in the US shake off the weight of our past, apologize for our eight-year bender and prepare to rejoin the rest of the world, the moving music on this CD is exactly what we need to hear - a musical antidote to isolationism, a spectacular achievement of multi-cultural consciousness-raising.

Buy this CD for yourself, your friends and especially for your children. This is heartfelt world music like you've never heard before. The accompanying DVD alone is worth the price. When you hear Terre Roche sing the "The Star Spangled Banner," beautifully accompanying herself on guitar, make sure you have a box of tissues nearby. You'll swear you've never really heard it before.
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