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Blue Mood

by James Spencer

An elegant, sophisticated collection of light classical, cool and blues jazz piano selections, and exotica that invoke a sentimental blue mood.
Genre: Jazz: Piano Jazz
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1. In a Blue Mood
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2. Arioso
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3. Nocturne in C Major
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4. Nocturne No. 5
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5. This Time the Dream's on Me
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6. If I Could Be with You
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7. I've Got a Crush on You
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8. It Only Happens When I Dance with You
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9. Blue World
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10. Nocturnal Tangier
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11. The Mysterious Temple of Dahkla
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12. Blue and Sentimental
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13. Blue Gardenia
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14. Someone Please Belong to Me
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
BLUE MOOD is the 2nd volume in celebrated jazz and cocktail pianist James Spencer's new album series: THE COCKTAIL PIANO HOUR. BLUE MOOD has beloved light classical, cool jazz and blues selections invoking a melancholy, sentimental and blue mood.

James Spencer is an internationally recognized jazz and classical pianist. His music has been played on radio shows including: The Cocktail Nation and Evenings At the Penthouse (Sydney, Australia), Phoenix Classical, and The Martini Hour.

Currently residing in the Bluff Park area of Long Beach, California, James is the owner of Spencer Music and Artist Development where he coaches musicians and actors, and is a US Professor for The University of West London: London College of Music's advanced diplomas and performance awards examinations.

A musicologist and author, James has released bios on Julie London, Les Baxter and Jackie Gleason as well as an encyclopedia anthology on lounge music. James is also a vegan activist and founder of the Vintage Vegan movement. He has also written bartender recipe guides.

For information on coaching, artist development/management services with James Spencer, his tour schedule and products please visit: JAMESRSPENCER.COM

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David Gasten

Odd compilation of tracks from deleted previous releases
An odd hodgepodge of deleted previously released MP3 albums from James Spencer. Some of the tracks are renamed slightly to make things even more confusing. You have two tracks from "Blue" , a whole run of tracks from "Blue Gardenia", three classical tracks from "Piano Classics for Reflection", and two tracks from his "Exotica" album (?) There are two tracks, #6 and #14, of which I am unsure of the source material; if any fans want to chime in with details, feel free to do so.

If you have already purchased the previous alums mentioned, please be aware that you are re-purchasing many of the same tracks. Otherwise, be prepared for a bumpy ride from an otherwise excellent and rare George Shearing-style pianist that sounds like he walked right out of the postwar era--there's really not anything current quite like this guy.

Program:

1. In A Blue Mood (James Spencer) (from "Blue")
2. Arioso in Ab (Johann Sebastian Bach) (from "Piano Classics For Reflection")
3. Nocturne in C Major (Edvard Grieg) (from "Piano Classics For Reflection")
4. Nocturne no. 5 (John Field) (from "Piano Classics For Reflection")
5. This Time The Dream’s On Me (Harold Arlen/Johnny Mercer) (from "Blue Gardenia")
6. If I Could Be With You {James P. Johnson/Henry Creamer) (unsure?)
7. I’ve Got A Crush On You (George and Ira Gershwin) (from "Blue Gardenia")
8. It Only Happens When I Dance With You (Irving Berlin) (from "Blue Gardenia")
9. It’s A Blue World (Robert Wright/George Forrest) (from "Blue Gardenia")
10. Nocturnal Tangier (Leopold Godowsky) (from "Exotica")
11. The Mysterious Temple of Dahkla (James Spencer) (from "Exotica")
12. Blue and Sentimental (Count Basie) (from "Blue")
13. Blue Gardenia (Lester Lee, Bob Russell) (from "Blue Gardenia")
14. Girl Talk/Someone Please Belong To Me (Bobby Troup) (unsure?)
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Jade J.

A nice blending of easy classical and soft jazz pop piano
James Spencer is in my opinion one of the most versatile pianists out there. Though I admit I prefer the late night cool bluesy mood of his album NOIR. Blue Mood has some exceptional track. On this album we hear James the composer. "In A Blue Mood" reminds me of sad 1970s film themes .. reminiscent of Theme to Love Story, or Theme To Romeo and Juliet. The album has some surprising exotic tracks too. Mysterious Temple reminds me a bit of Martin Denny.. I like the addition of of the light classical tracks. Esp the Nocturne and Arioso.

I actually wrote James as I was puzzled why he pulled some of his older albums off the market as this album had tracks I believe from Blue Gardenia, and a previous classical album. I think call Piano Classics.

James wrote back that he was starting a new series of albums and like Liberace who recorded both light classical and jazz pop. wanted to combine his classical and jazz selections into 1 series of albums instead of having them seperate. I like this album art work better too than the Blue Gardenia album art.

I wish James would get around to releasing compact disc box sets.
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J. R.

A meditative blending of Spencer's finest tracks
James is one of the most versatile pianists on the market. Both a classical and jazz player, he had previous released jazz albums under the title COCKTAIL PIANO HOUR and classical albums under the title PIANO CLASSICS. For some reason those albums aren't available. anymore. This is a bummer, but my thought is James is re -releasing these tracks combining some light classical with his relaxing cool jazz tracks. It works great.

Liberace and other pianists do it. It is nice to hear a blending of classical and jazz. I feel the album flows well. I do prefer the NOIR 24 track collection though as that is more James' signature style.

I also just picked up up his LOUNGE MUSIC COMPANION which is a great starter book for learning up the best lounge artists.

I look forward to more albums from him soon.
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