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by Nadje Noordhuis & James Shipp

A unique and expansive project that combines intimate jazz duo interaction with celestial electronic textures.
Genre: Jazz: Chamber Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Old Mouse
Nadje Noordhuis & James Shipp
4:53 $0.99
2. October
Nadje Noordhuis & James Shipp
3:37 $0.99
3. Palhaço
Nadje Noordhuis & James Shipp
3:37 $0.99
4. Mercy Dance
Nadje Noordhuis & James Shipp
5:09 $0.99
5. Indigo
Nadje Noordhuis & James Shipp
6:31 $0.99
6. Terhin Ja Juhon Häävalssi
Nadje Noordhuis & James Shipp
3:45 $0.99
7. Wen Yora Way
Nadje Noordhuis & James Shipp
5:36 $0.99
8. Louco Ainda
Nadje Noordhuis & James Shipp
2:11 $0.99
9. South of Here
Nadje Noordhuis & James Shipp
4:07 $0.99
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Album Notes
Old Mouse - James wrote this tune at some point in 2010. While sick with a fever, the image of an old and ailing mouse came to him and made him surprisingly upset. He chose to write a piece that calls to mind not only that mouse's dotage and death but its birth and the prime of its life. It was clearly written at a time when he was listening daily to the wonderful Brazilian composer Egberto Gismonti.

October - Nadje wrote this tune at the piano, in the month of October. Unfortunately, she couldn’t think of a better title. Nadje and James recorded this tune with trumpet and vibraphone, and later added the layer of the Prophet 6 synthesizer and second trumpet part.

Palhaco - Palhaco means 'clown' in Portuguese. James learned this beautiful Egberto Gismonti composition from the album Charlie Haden and Egberto Gismonti in Montreal. He added percussion and analog synthesizer to this track after initially recording it on the vibes live with Nadje.

Mercy Dance - Nadje wrote this tune when a series of unfortunate events seemed to be unending. However, she has completely forgotten what they all were, so they couldn’t have been too bad. The track was originally recorded with vibes and flugelhorn, to which James added Erebus analog synthesizer, mellotron flutes, and concert percussion, and Nadje added an extra effected flugelhorn layer.

Indigo - Nadje wrote this about hopefulness in a new relationship. The piece was recorded live with looped trumpet, synthesizer, and vibraphone. Additional synths were added later.

Terhin Ja Juhon Haavalssi - James learned this beautiful waltz from a Finnish fiddler named Esko Jarvela, whom he met in Durham, England in the summer of 2010. Esko wrote the piece for the wedding of some Swedish friends, Terhin and Juhon. This is the only 'pure' duo track on this album, representing the sound Nadje and James have been honing live since 2012.

Wen Yora Way - Nadje wrote this for an old boyfriend who spent a lot of time on the road. The piece was recorded live, with sequencers triggering the MicroBrute and Erebus analog synthesizers, and James playing the first section of his solo with vibraphone mallets in his right hand and the keys of the MicroBrute under his left.

Louca Ainda - This tune was originally conceived as a Brazilian chorinho-style waltz written under the heavy influence of Paul Simon's 'Still Crazy After All These Years.' Vibes and trumpet were recorded simultaneously, and James added the Erebus analog synthesizer bass (or tuba!) part later.

South of Here - James wrote this tune in 2014, later adding Nadje's trumpet part for their duo. Its sound and pace were influenced by humidity and the smell of tar-bound macadam on childhood excursions to rural Virginia (where his father is from) and visits to his grandparents in Durham, North Carolina. (It is also a product of his deep love for the more pastoral side of Bill Frisell.) Vibes and trumpet were recorded together, to which wurlitzer electric piano, percussion, and a second trumpet part were added.



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