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Moon River

by Heather Keizur & Steve Christofferson

The passionate chanteuse, enamored with songs of love, and the exquisite pianist, weaving a subtle tapestry of sound around the poignant lyrics and melodies.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. You Are There
Heather Keizur & Steve Christofferson
4:08 $0.99
2. Always on My Mind
Heather Keizur & Steve Christofferson
4:49 $0.99
3. L'etang
Heather Keizur & Steve Christofferson
4:02 $0.99
4. The Summer Knows (Theme from Summer of '42)
Heather Keizur & Steve Christofferson
4:44 $0.99
5. Autrefois
Heather Keizur & Steve Christofferson
4:21 $0.99
6. Almost Blue
Heather Keizur & Steve Christofferson
3:18 $0.99
7. Ne me quitte pas
Heather Keizur & Steve Christofferson
4:42 $0.99
8. Petite Maline
Heather Keizur & Steve Christofferson
4:51 $0.99
9. Moon River
Heather Keizur & Steve Christofferson
4:07 $0.99
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Album Notes
"This is not so much a jazz album as it is an intimate pairing of like-minded musicians performing as they might
do for a few friends in their living room. Heather Keizur is a new name to me but she demonstrates skill and frankly,
a lot of caring in the nine selections heard here. Interestingly, four of them are in French and she handles the language
with ease, and often with passion. I was especially enamored with her version of the Jacques Brel tune “Ne Me Quitte Pas,” also known as “If You Go Away.”
Her musical partner is longtime Portland favorite Steve Christofferson. He is well suited to his role here,
having worked for decades in the same capacity with an-other PDX all-star, Nancy King. The duo brings idyllic communication to the session, bringing on almost recital like quality to the proceedings. The pianist adds some extra luster with occasional forays on Rhodes and melodica.
The entire album shines with great feeling and musicianship from both artists. Still, a guy has to have a couple
of faves. Mine were the Johnny Mandel-Dave Frishberg beauty “You Are There,” and the Legrand-Bergman ballad
“The Summer Knows.” Aside from the “French connection,” the remaining tunes include the pretty pop opus
“Almost Blue;” a country sounding thing called “Always On My Mind;” and the Mancini-Mercer evergreen, “Moon
River.” Keizur always delivers a rare sense of intimacy on these very warm renditions, and Christofferson is more
a musical partner than simply an accompanist. Kudos to them both on a beautifully crafted performance."
George Fendell, The Jazz Society of Oregon
After four years of recording over forty songs only the very best made it onto this special album engineered by Sacha Muller, mastered by Dana White with photography by Emily Lux.

David K Mathews (formerly with Etta James and currently with Santana) writes this about "Moon River":

"Two friends...making music together, informed by a common sensibilité.
The passionate chanteuse, enamored with songs of love, and the exquisite pianist, weaving a subtle tapestry of sound around the poignant lyrics and melodies.
Knowing Heather and Steve for many years, and having performed and recorded with them, I’m certain that I’m not alone in hearing something unique, something magical.
From the Coplandesque opening of Johnny Mandel’s “You Are There,” a pastoral mood is set for the heartfelt reading of Dave Frishberg’s nostalgic lyric. The qualities of this remarkable duo really start to become evident from the first measures of “L’Etang.” On this waltz, the piano evokes Satie’s “Gymnopédies” and Heather’s languid vocal perfectly follows suit, transporting the listener to the glories of the Fin de siècle with its attendant wonders of the music of Chabrier, Debussy and Ravel.
“The Summer Knows” continues the atmosphere with an ethereal performance of Michel Legrand’s more contemporary masterpiece where Steve's melodica recalls Toots Thielemans, and the lines between melody and accompaniment are mysteriously blurred. The vocal at times is reminiscent of both Barbra Streisand and Julie Andrews.
“Ne me quitte pas” is a miraculous example of two musical spirits being “sur la même longueur d’onde.” The rhythm and dynamics of this performance ebb and flow “comme les vagues de l’ocean” along with the emotion of the lyrics, as Heather reminds one of how Piaf might have sung this song. The storm passes and the sea is calm again...all is still.
Each song has its own unique atmosphere, waiting to be revealed..."



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