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by James Spencer

An elegant, sophisticated, sensual, late night cocktail piano collection of cool jazz, bluesy, rhapsodic, breezy bossa nova and swingy jazz sketches that invoke the mood of cinematic film noir and romantic lounges of the 1940s-1950s.
Genre: Jazz: Piano Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Nightfall
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2. Never Let Me Go
3:29 $0.99
3. Lady of the Evening
4:12 $0.99
4. Shadowed Illusions
4:48 $0.99
5. It's so Good to Want You Bad
3:38 $0.99
6. Laura
2:36 $0.99
7. The Start of Our Affair
3:57 $0.99
8. Night Tide
2:14 $0.99
9. Bittersweet
3:27 $0.99
10. 'Round Midnight
2:43 $0.99
11. I Can't Get Started
3:02 $0.99
12. Waterfront
2:41 $0.99
13. Easy Living
4:27 $0.99
14. Angel Eyes
2:55 $0.99
15. Stormy Weather
2:58 $0.99
16. Ellingtonia
4:34 $0.99
17. Misty
2:50 $0.99
18. Tenderly
2:57 $0.99
19. Our Love Is Here to Stay
2:00 $0.99
20. As Time Goes By
5:23 $0.99
21. Autumn in New York
3:38 $0.99
22. Stars Fell on Alabama
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23. Mercerville
3:43 $0.99
24. Dedicated to You
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Album Notes
From the celebrated international jazz pianist James Spencer comes a brand new collection series THE COCKTAIL PIANO HOUR offering the choicest beloved favorites James Spencer is one of the few jazz pianists dedicated to preserving the intimacy of solo cocktail piano jazz. His albums Blue Gardenia, Blue, Exotica and Nightscape have been heard on celebrated radio podcast shows such as The Cocktail Nation and Evenings At the Penthouse (Sydney, Australia), Brian's Tiki Island (Santa Monica, CA) and The Martini Hour (New York, New York).

Starting in 2019, James Spencer will be releasing double album 24 track sets in THE COCKTAIL PIANO HOUR series. NOIR is the the first installment inspired by the sensual, mysterious, romantic, elegant, and sophisticated late night piano lounges of New York City, and Los Angeles of the 1940s-1950s; a film noir landscape of bluesy, cool jazz, bossa nova, swing and rhapsodic Liberace-esque sketches to transport you back in time to the hey day of cocktail piano.

The album cover was designed by James Spencer capturing the mood of the album.

James Spencer is the founder of Spencer Music and Artist Development located oceanside in the elegant Bluff Park area of Long Beach, California where he coaches talented artists in music and acting. James is also a US professor for the University of West London: London College of Music performance grades and advanced diploma programs.

James is a noted musicologist and author that has penned the definitive lounge encyclopedia and bios on the music of Julie London, Les Baxter and Jackie Gleason. He is vegan activist and has penned two recipe books including Vegan Tea Time. He has also created historical bar recipe guides for martinis and margaritas.

For information on coaching with James, London College of Music programs, James' new releases and tour schedule visit:




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Jazzy Snazzy

The Cocktail Piano Tradition is Alive!
I have been a fan of James Spencer's cocktail jazz piano albums for years. I have listened to his album on radio shows like Cocktail Nations and Evenings At the Penthouse. James's double album NOIR is one of the best late night jazz solo piano albums I have heard. With standards like Laura, As Time Goes Buy, as well as originals it is sure to please.

I wish James would perform publicly more but I know he runs a busy conservatory coaching artists in music and acting in Long Beach, CA. I heard him however to a rare appearance this holiday season at the Sky Room, and it was so wonderful stepping back in time. An elegant pianist, with jet black hair slicked back against his tux and white dinner jacket, it reminded me of what it must have been like hearing Carmen Cavallaro,, Liberace or Joe Bushkin perform. Very few people dare to play solo piano jazz. and I find it refreshing from most of the smooth jazz and watered down jazz on the radio today. A great artist!

G. Dawson

My favorite cocktail jazz pianist
I might be a bit biased as I was a piano student of Jim's, back about 4 years ago. I had since moved. Jim is one of the finest pianists out there. He is keeping the cocktail lounge style of piano alive. I find his piano arrangements elegant, and relaxing. I listen to them all the time in the car on my way to work.

I also highly recommend the radio show Cocktail Nation.. They play Jim's music regularly. Noir has the feel of a sexy late night cocktail bar. Great music. My favorite tracks are Bittersweet, Laura and Misty. Simply beautiful. One of the few pianists alive that can capture the ambiance of a more elegant by gone era.. I so prefer him to most of the smooth jazz watered down music on the radio. Jim is a virtuoso, the real deal.

Mildred L.

Classic Cocktail Piano at its finest!
I'm was delighted when a friend turned me on to James Spencer.

An extremely handsome, charisma tic jazz pianist that reminds me of the great pianists of my youth. It is so rare to hear current pianist playing in a 1940s-1 950s style Mr. Spencer's take on the period is perfect. This album with its 24 choice tracks could be a soundtrack to a classic film . I love to relax to this album at dinner time. So elegant. I'm just sad that there is not more albums by James as I w ould buy them instantly.

This is a great value . easily over 60 mins worth of music. Stunning playing. A bit bluesy and moody. At times sweeping and romantic ... I so prefer Mr. Spencer to most current artists who TRY to sound vintage but miss the mark.

Mr Spencer is the real deal.


I love this album. It is actually I think a combo of tracks from Mr. Spencer's previous album Nightscape with some new tracks. Either way. 24 tracks is generous and this album invokes the mood of film noir cocktail piano

No current pianist but JAMES captures the vintage retro piano sound. I feel like I'm stepping back in time. Great music.

Jade. J

Late Night Piano Lounge Music at it's Best.
WOW ! First of all I was astounded to hear James Spencer's music first on the radio show Cocktail Nation. I truly thought first time I heard him that I was listening to a classic album of George Shearing. It is so frickin' rare in this modern age of watered down elevator jazz to hear REAL pianists playing in a vintage jazz sound. I might add even rarer to hear a solo pianist play jazz without a combo. This is both daring as it takes brilliant arranging skills and virtuoso chops.

James Spencer really delivers. This album which is so generous with 24 tracks transports me back to piano bars of NYC or LA of the 40s and 50s. Sometimes his style reminds me Art Tatum and then we get cool jazz melancholoia with traces of George Shearing and Monk. This album could be a piano soundtrack for a film noir. Perfect mood music.

I love the art work too. Super noir chic. Mr. Spencer by the way also wrote a fantastic encyclopedia on the lounge style of music.