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Dust to Dust Blues

by Louis Rosen

A father and son’s Brooklyn to Chicago road trip sets off a 14-song meditation on the nature of memory, loss, home, faith, commitment, family and the indefinite nature of time, with some spicy social commentary salted in for good measure.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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1. Dust to Dust Blues
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2. I Found You
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3. Faith in Doubt
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4. I've Seen This Movie
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5. Peace with You
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6. Everything's for Sale
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7. Every Soul (The Circling Race)
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8. Garden Days
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9. Where Are the Traces?
4:34 $0.99
10. There for You
3:27 $0.99
11. In Her Quiet Way
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12. A Soft Place to Fall
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13. The Left Side, Not the Right
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14. Song for Charlotte (More Love)
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In “Dust to Dust Blues”, a father and son’s Brooklyn to Chicago road trip sets off a 14-song meditation on the nature of memory, loss, home, faith, commitment, family and the indefinite nature of time, with a touch of social commentary salted in for good measure. With Louis writing music and lyrics (three songs in collaboration), the album is akin to a contemporary “Songs of Experience,” broadening and deepening the essential themes explored in his 2006 song cycle and recording, “South Side Stories”, which he considers more his “Songs of Innocence.”

The sound of the album achieves a unique blend of American roots, jazz, blues, pop and classical influences. The musicians joining Louis (vocals, acoustic guitar and piano) on DUST TO DUST BLUES include many of Louis’ long-standing collaborators:

David Mansfield · violin (Trk. 6, 11), lead acoustic guitar (Trk. 3, 4, 7, 8, 11, 12), mandolin (Trk. 13)
Dave Phillips · acoustic bass (Trk. 1, 3, 4, 6-14)
Rob Moose · violin (Trk. 1), electric guitar (Trk. 14)
CJ Camerieri · trumpet (Trk. 1, 3, 8, 10, 12, 14), French horn (Trk. 1, 10)
Hideaki Aomori · alto sax (Trk. 3, 8, 12), flute (Trk. 8, 10), clarinet (Trk. 12), bass clarinet (Trk. 1)
Alden Banta · baritone sax (Trk. 3)
String Trio: Max Moston · violin (Trk. 2, 5, 9)
Alissa Smith · viola (Trk. 2, 5, 9)
Clarice Jensen · cello (Trk. 2, 5, 7, 9)
Sean McDaniel · drums and percussion (Trk. 3, 6, 7, 8, 11-13)
Gary Seligson · drums and percussion (Trk. 1, 10)

Producers: Louis Rosen & Scott Lehrer
Recording and Mixing Engineer: Scott Lehrer
Additional Recording Engineer: Alex Venguer
Recorded and Mixed at 2nd Story Sound, NYC
Mastering Engineer: Oscar Zambrano
Art Direction & Design: Derek Bishop
All Songs by Louis Rosen © 2016, published by Lullwater Music, ASCAP, except “Peace With You,” “Every Soul,” and “Where Are the Traces?” by Louis Rosen & Thom Bishop © 2016, published by Lullwater Music, ASCAP and Wireless Music, BMI.
Instrumental Arrangements by Louis Rosen, except tracks 4, 6, 7, 8, 11 & 12, by Louis and David Mansfield

Here’s a sample of what the critics have said about Louis’ work:
“...a continually shifting musical patchwork of blues, folk, jazz and pop…as earthy, tuneful art song.” (NY Times on “ONE OUNCE OF TRUTH”)

“Highbrow—Brilliant” (New York Magazine Approval Matrix on “THE ACHE OF POSSIBILITY”)

“Rosen [as] songwriter and musician, charts an irresistible landscape between pop music and art song…. [He] has a James Taylor-like talent for setting intimate lyrics over catchy melodies.... Don’t miss this…" (Bloomberg News on “SOUTH SIDE STORIES”)

“... a fine and sometimes somber portrait of heartbreak and survival, joy and its absence, and love that endures even when the objects of that love are long vanished." (Chicago Tribune on “SOUTH SIDE STORIES”)

"Rosen has taken the work of one of the earliest practitioners of jazz poetry [Langston Hughes] and created symbiosis so organic, it's difficult to believe the two artists didn't work together; songs that reflect comprehension so visceral, Rosen slips a knot of race and history to reach the universal.... I found myself hypnotized.” (Broadwayworld.com on "DREAM SUITE”)

"...Soulful and rapturous...A gorgeous and heartfelt achievement, brilliantly, holistically attuned to the source material, “DREAM SUITE” is a tonic for the times, crossing many boundaries of art and spirit.” (Huffington Post)

"Elegant tunesmith Louis Rosen's latest album, “Time Was”... is gorgeous. And magnificently produced. The sense of urgency is palpable. The title song is now my current favorite song of all time...a hypnotic adaptation of E.A. Robinson’s prescient poem about “fond, imponderable dreams of wealth.” (Bloomberg News on “TIME WAS”)

“The smashing new CD, "THE ACHE OF POSSIBILITY"… an infectious sound that grabs you and never lets go…filled with the love of song.” (This Week in New York)

Louis Rosen is a composer, lyricist, author, performer and teacher. Other albums of his work include: "Act One: Piano Music from the Theater" (2017), "Dream Suite: The Langston Hughes Songs" (2016), "Time Was" (2013), "The Ache of Possibility" (2009), "One Ounce of Truth: The Nikki Giovanni Songs" (2008) and "South Side Stories" (2006); as well as two albums currently in production: "Phenomenal Woman: The Maya Angelou Songs" and "I Don’t Know Anything". Works for the musical theater include: "Book of the Night", "A Child’s Garden", "The Ugly Duckling", and an adaptation of John Steinbeck’s "The Pearl". He is the author of two books: "The South Side: The Racial Transformation of an American Neighborhood" (Ivan R. Dee, Chicago), and "Beyond Category: Music Theory from Bach through The Beatles for the Popular or Classical Musician". Awards include a 2005 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Music Composition; an NEA New American Works Grant; a Puffin Foundation Grant; Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Galileo Prize & Commission; ASCAP Awards, 1993-2017; Chicago’s John W. Schmid Award, Best New Work for Book Of The Night.

To all of the terrific musicians for bringing their brilliant and soulful musicianship to DUST TO DUST BLUES; to Scott Lehrer for his splendid ear, judgement and patience on this and countless other recordings over the past twenty-eight years and counting; to Stephen Sondheim, Thom Bishop, Jason Brett, Art Perlman, Charlotte Maier and Teddy Rosen for their generous and thoughtful listening as this recording followed its winding path to completion; and last, but hardly least to the remarkable angel, Joan McKay, who made this recording possible. Much love to all.



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