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Let's Sail Away

by Jeff Rupert & Veronica Swift

Cool, swinging jazz.
Genre: Jazz: Cool Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Pernod
Jeff Rupert & Veronica Swift
2:38 album only
2. Let's Sail Away
Jeff Rupert & Veronica Swift
4:04 album only
3. Pennies from Heaven
Jeff Rupert & Veronica Swift
4:43 album only
4. Ginza Samba
Jeff Rupert & Veronica Swift
5:46 album only
5. Beauty Becomes Her
Jeff Rupert & Veronica Swift
6:36 album only
6. Rhapsody in Blue
Jeff Rupert & Veronica Swift
10:35 album only
7. Home Blues
Jeff Rupert & Veronica Swift
4:51 album only
8. Vou Deitar E Rolar / Aviso Aos Navegantes
Jeff Rupert & Veronica Swift
3:46 album only
9. My Mistress Eyes
Jeff Rupert & Veronica Swift
4:18 album only
10. Dream a Little Dream of Me
Jeff Rupert & Veronica Swift
4:20 album only
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Album Notes
[Sincere jazz musicians] aim at excellence and apparently nothing else. They are hard to buy and if bought they either backslide into honesty or lose the respect of their peers. And this is the loss that terrifies them. In any other field of American life, great reward can be used to cover the loss of honesty, but not with jazz players–a slip is known and recognized instantly. And further, while there may be some jealousies, they do not compare with those in other professions. Let a filthy kid, unknown, unheard of and unbacked sit in–and if he can do it–
he is recognized and accepted instantly. Do you know of any other field where this is true?
JOHN STEINBECK in Eddie Condon’s Scrapbook of Jazz (foreword)

The Steinbeck quote came to mind while recording this album (in the middle of a tour with this great band). The age span of the group covers fifty years, from jazz luminary Marty Morell to relative newcomer Veronica Swift. As Steinbeck opines, none of this matters in jazz as long as you can hang. I’ve worked with Richard Drexler and Marty for decades and with Charlie Silva off and on for the same period. Veronica and I have been collaborating now for three years. The common thread is swinging music, a nod to the rich jazz tradition and the joie de vivre.
For this band, the music comes to fruition without much verbal communication; the direction lies within the music itself. I am drawn to performers who hear deeply and draw on their intuition to “tell a story.”
Veronica hails from a jazz family. Her dad was jazz pianist Hod O’Brien (from Oscar Pettiford’s band and associations with Art Farmer and Chet Baker), and her talented mom is the well-known jazz vocalist Stephanie Nakasian.
You’ll notice that several of the selections have no lyrics. Veronica has deep roots as a jazz singer and understands the synergy of music and vocals. When called for on this record, she performs essentially as another horn player.
Richard and Marty have a keen sense of artistry, and we share a close working relationship. Dan Miller, Christian Herrera and Saul Dautch join the band for a jazz adaptation of the Gershwin classic Rhapsody in Blue. Dan is a seasoned jazz musician, having spent years with Harry Connick, Jr., Woody Herman, Maynard Ferguson and Tom Jones. Saul and Christian, students in the jazz program at the University of Central Florida, are filled with promise.
Pernod, composed by Johnny Mandel, is a fun piece that keeps musicians on their toes. This performance exemplifies the collaborative nature of the band.
Let’s Sail Away is a piece I wrote in the early ‘90s, originally called Looe Key. I added lyrics for Veronica to sing.
This iteration of Pennies from Heaven stems from the classic Oscar Peterson/Stan Getz recording. Veronica, Richard and I were talking about that great recording after playing a jazz festival. During breakfast the next morning, Richard sat at the piano playing Stan Getz’s solo. Veronica had written lyrics the night before and joined in. Her vocalese is marvelous!
Ginza Samba is composed by Vince Guaraldi, the pianist widely known for his soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas. This is another piece where the vocal role is that of a horn player. While I was distilling the repertoire for this album, Veronica insisted we record it. Her performance captures her essence as a jazz singer.
Beauty Becomes Her is a piece I wrote last year. I asked Veronica to add lyrics, and in doing so she demonstrated her prowess. I believe the band’s enjoyment shines through on this track.
Rhapsody in Blue is perhaps Gershwin’s most famous large-scale work. This arrangement was commissioned by the Celebration Foundation of Celebration, Florida. Given free rein, I drew from Billy Strayhorn’s adaption for the Duke Ellington band, adding a section with nods to Horace Silver, Art Blakey and Benny Golson, artists deeply rooted in the blues.
Home Blues is from Gershwin’s An American in Paris. This melodic statement is found in the middle of the original work. It appears with an additional verse here–a nice touch.
Vou Deitar e Rolar / Aviso Aos Navegantes was arranged by Veronica. It’s a wonderful vehicle for the band.
My Mistress’ Eyes is an original composed around the Shakespearean sonnet of the same name. I wrote it a few years back for a show called Shakespeare Swings! performed at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando.
As for Dream a Little Dream of Me, I’ve always been attracted to the lyric and the modulation on the bridge. Veronica sings it as if it was her own tune.
We hope you enjoy this recording. I know we enjoyed making it.
Best regards,
Jeff Rupert



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