Lee McClure | Jazz Preludes for Piano

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A Jazz Christmas Like You’ve Never Heard Lee McClure website “Symphony No.1 - Montage” The Leeward Islands by Eclectix Quintet, electric flute, voice, guitar, bass, percussion Suite from The Voyage for two pianos Elohim And Adam for soprano, narrator and orchestra

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Jazz Preludes for Piano

by Lee McClure

Develops the tradition of George Gershwin. Contains the most melodic compositions in the last 50 years of new classical music. The 17 preludes are an enchanting lexicon of Jazz styles from Ragtime to Salsa to contemporary Bebop.
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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1. Samba for Benny
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2. New York Nights
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3. Sylvie?
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4. Iberian Backbeat
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5. Bobbin on Bijou's Boat
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6. Barry's Saudade
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7. My Cuban Dream
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8. Windjammer Waltz
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9. Mambo Oceano
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10. Film Noir Memoir
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11. Highland House
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12. Night Shifts
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13. In Trouble Again
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14. Lucca & Lee
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15. Syosset Train Ride
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16. Honeymoon for Suzy
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17. Dizzy's Tango
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Album Notes
Bringing new life to the legacy of George Gershwin, "Jazz Preludes for Piano" encompass a captivating lexicon of Jazz styles from Ragtime to contemporary Bebop. McClure's 17 piano miniatures in Book I & II provide an entrée into the world of Jazz rarely heard in the new classical piano repertoire.

Appealing to all audiences, the Preludes have a lyric integrity that qualifies McClure as one of the most melodic composers in the last 50 years of classical music. They capture authentic rhythms of •Ragtime •Swing •Tango •Jazz-Waltz •Latin-Jazz •Mambo •Samba •Jazz-Rock-beat •Bebop and •Ballads in the style of Bill Evans. The classical influences include Gottschalk, Joplin, Gershwin and Ravel.

The album features McClure's dynamic and personal interpretations created on a virtual piano with expansive concert hall acoustics. Prelude #10 "Film Noir Memoir" is performed by pianist and Juilliard graduate, Bruce Lazarus.

Track Notes:
1) Samba for Benny - for Benny Golson
2) New York Nights - four scenes from a cappella octet, "Innvocation" - in memory of Ron Whyte
3) Sylvie? - eHarmony date in 2013
4) Iberian Backbeat - inspired by Bruce Springsteen and Junior Mance
5) Bobbin on Bijou's Boat - eHarmony date in 2009
6) Barry's Saudade - in memory of Barry Wedgle
7) My Cuban Dream - from my dream in 1993
8) Windjammer Waltz - from ballet "The Voyage"
9) Mambo Oceano - Florida Postcard, 2014
10) Film Noir Memoir - Reflections of a femme fatale - performed by Bruce Lazarus - dedicated to Richard Goldberg
11) Highland House - for Lenny Charles
12) Night Shifts - cab driving in NYC
13) In Trouble Again - self portrait
14) Lucca & Lee - for Lucca Labanco
15) Syosset Train Ride - a Ragtime cannon from my dream in 2011
16) Honeymoon for Suzy - for my fiancée in 1990
17) Dizzy's Tango - from my dream in 2001 - dedicated to William Schimmel

Heard on 40 radio stations in 2008 McClure's CD "A Jazz Christmas Like You've Never Heard" was reviewed in O's Place Jazz Magazine by Oscar Groomes who wrote this album has "a band exploding through classic spirited bebop arrangements with vocalist Margaret Dorn soaring on improvised vocals on top. The music is great and the lyrics are familiar. For sure Lee has managed to transform, twist and provoke our imaginations with this work."

Founded by McClure in 1985 the Eclectix Chamber Orchestra has presented the music of over 100 living composers. Puzzling as it may seem, Eclectix has stirred controversy by championing new listener-friendly music that is not atonal or minimal. The New York Times has written: "Eclectix is a group dedicated to presenting melodic music in the tradition of Debussy, Gershwin, and Ellington. Most of this repertory grew out of a tonal, melody-accompaniment tradition, and a lot of it by way of American popular culture."

About McClure's orchestral piece "Hiatus" The New York Times wrote "it was probably the most distinguished piece on the program: the harmonies had bite and the musical ideas seemed both organic and Mr. McClure's own."

McClure's classical works include two operas, a symphony, choral and chamber works. See Youtube links including his "Symphony No.1 Montage." His Electric flute music includes "The Leeward Islands" - "Through A Glass Darkly" and the CD "Black Light" with guitarist Barry Wedgle and percussionist Eddie Hall.



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