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I Don't Know Anything

by Louis Rosen

An “Album in Three Acts” - Act I: "I Don't Know Anything"; Act II: "My Third Act"; Act III: "A First Farewell" - wrapped in a unique fusion of folk, jazz, rock, blues and classical idioms, a style that can be thought of as folk-chamber music.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Before the Window Closes
3:27 $0.99
2. Kathleen O'Toole
5:43 $0.99
3. I Don't Know Anything
4:55 $0.99
4. Guru, Please Tell Me
2:36 $0.99
5. Limitless World
3:18 $0.99
6. Interlude I: Acquainted with Night (Song Without Words)
4:06 $0.99
7. My Third Act
2:50 $0.99
8. The History of Friendship
5:19 $0.99
9. Unknown Name, Unknown Number
3:13 $0.99
10. Then Came You
5:20 $0.99
11. Slow Goes the Night
2:59 $0.99
12. Interlude II: Later Than Never (Song Without Words)
3:42 $0.99
13. I Sing This Song for You
4:24 $0.99
14. What Are the Odds?
3:58 $0.99
15. In the Hour of His Leaving
3:04 $0.99
16. Morning Soul
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Album Notes
I DON’T KNOW ANYTHING (Di-tone Records) is Louis Rosen's ninth album and third solo album. It includes fourteen songs and two instrumental interludes. The recording is structured as “An Album in Three Acts” -- Act I: "I Don't Know Anything"; Act II: "My Third Act"; Act III: "A First Farewell" -- wrapped in a unique fusion of folk, jazz, rock, blues and classical idioms, a style that Louis considers folk-chamber music.

Here's a sampling of what the critics have had to say about Louis Rosen’s albums over the years:

“You might describe Mr. Rosen’s uncategorizable, continually shifting musical patchwork of blues, folk, jazz and pop as earthy, tuneful art song.” (NY Times)

Louis Rosen has, over time, revealed that he is a musician of such an uncommon genius among writers of dramatic narrative music that it may soon be less heretical – even for most avid Gershwin acolytes – to talk of his music in the same breath as they do The Master. (JazzdaGama)

"Catchy new pop standards..." (New York Magazine: The Approval Matrix)

“Phenomenal Woman: The Maya Angelou Songs” is a CD that will stir your being into paradise. I know it did mine.” (Times Square Chronicles)

“I've never been so seduced by music completely new to me yet as embraceable as any from the classic American songbook.” (Bloomberg News)

“’DUST TO DUST BLUES’ - CD OF THE WEEK, 12-16-17. "I select one new CD each week that I find particularly outstanding. These are recordings I would definitely add to my own collection." (WFMT’S nationally syndicated “The Midnight Special”)

"With 'Dream Suite' (The Langston Hughes Songs], Rosen has respectfully taken the work of one of the earliest practitioners of jazz poetry 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.” (Cabaret Scenes)

“The Best Of Broadway (And Off-) 2017: The album that has me enchanted is “Act One: Piano Music from the Theater”, which includes his music from James Lapine’s adaptation of the Moss Hart autobiography and other works. Exquisitely played and intimately recorded, these works taken together have the fleeting, transportive power of études by Chopin or Debussy; I find myself listening to them again and again…" (Deadline—Hollywood)

“Music that stirs the soul.” (Huffington Post)

All Songs — Music and Lyrics by Louis Rosen
Except “Kathleen O’Toole” and “What Are the Odds?” – Music by Louis Rosen, Lyrics by Louis Rosen and Arthur Perlman

Produced by Louis Rosen & Scott Lehrer
Recording and Mixing Engineer: Scott Lehrer
Recorded and Mixed at 2ND STORY SOUND, NYC
Mastering Engineer: Oscar Zambrano
Art Direction & Design by Derek Bishop

Louis Rosen • Lead and Harmony Vocals and Acoustic Guitar; and Nylon String Guitar (Tracks 12 & 14)
David Mansfield • Electric Guitar (Trks. 1 & 4); Acoustic Lead Guitar (Trks. 7 & 9); Nylon String Guitar (Trks. 8 & 13)
• from yMusic Ensemble:
Rob Moose • Violin (Trks. 3, 5, 6, 11, 15); Viola (Trks. 2 & 6); Electric Guitars (Trks. 3 & 16)
CJ Camerieri • Trumpet (Trks. 1, 8, 10, 12, 13); French Horn (Trks. 2, 10, 14)
Hideaki Aomori • Flute (Trks. 8, 10, 12); Clarinet (Trks. 2, 12, 14); Bass Clarinet (Trks. 1, 2, 10); Alto Saxophone
(Trk. 1 & 8); Tenor Saxophone (Trk. 13)
Nadia Sirota • Viola (Trks. 5, 11 & 15)
Gabriel Cabezas • Cello (Trks. 2, 3, 5, 11, 15)
Max Moston • Violin (Trks. 10, 11, 12, 15); Viola (Trk. 12)
Sarah Roth-Hewitt • Cello (Trks. 10, 12, 14)
Clarice Jensen • Cello (Trk. 6)
Andrew Sterman • Clarinet (Trk. 6)
Erik Charlston • Vibraphone (Trks. 3, 5, 10)
Dave Phillips • Acoustic Bass (Trks. 4, 5, 7); Electric Bass (Trks. 1, 8, 10, 13, 16)
Gary Seligson • Drums & Percussion (Trks. 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16)
Marialena Difabbio • Harmony Vocals (Trks. 2 & 13)

All songs © 2019 by Louis Rosen/Lullwater Music, ASCAP, except “Kathleen O’Toole” and “What Are the Odds?” © 2019 by Louis Rosen/Lullwater Music, ASCAP and Arthur Perlman, Forest Knolls Music, ASCAP.

DT-244 © & P 2019 by Louis Rosen. Distribution by Di-tone Records. All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized Duplication is a violation of applicable law.

Louis dedicates this album in three acts with tremendous gratitude and affection to a remarkable friend and angel, Joan McKay, without whom neither these songs nor this recording would exist.

Louis Rosen is a composer, lyricist, performer, author and educator. Recordings of his work include nine albums: I DON’T KNOW ANYTHING (2020); PHENOMENAL WOMAN: THE MAYA ANGELOU SONGS (2018); DUST TO DUST BLUES (2017); ACT ONE: PIANO MUSIC FOR 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). ("Dream Suite", "One Ounce of Truth" and "Phenomenal Woman" comprise THE BLACK LOOM TRILOGY.) Theater compositions include two musicals: BOOK OF THE NIGHT (Goodman Theater) and A CHILD’S GARDEN (off-Broadway); and 30 scores for productions on Broadway (including James Lapine’s ACT ONE at Lincoln Center), off-Broadway and at major regional theaters around the country. BOOKS include the memoir/oral narrative, THE SOUTH SIDE: THE RACIAL TRANSFORMATION OF AN AMERICAN NEIGHBORHOOD (1998); and BEYOND CATEGORY: MUSIC THEORY FROM BACH THROUGH THE BEATLES (2015). Awards include a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Music Composition; the NEA New American Works Grant; The 2nd Gilman & Gonzalez Falla Musical Theater Award; ASCAP Awards, 1993-2020; a Puffin Foundation Grant; an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Galileo Prize & Commission; Chicago's John W. Schmid Award, Best New Work for "Book Of The Night", among others. For more information visit www.louisrosen.com.



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