Petra van Nuis & Dennis Luxion | Because We're Night People

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Because We're Night People

by Petra van Nuis & Dennis Luxion

An intimate, dreamy and meditative album of all night themed jazz standards - lush vocals and impressionistic piano accompaniment.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Street of Dreams (Live)
Petra van Nuis & Dennis Luxion
5:23 $0.99
2. Night People (Live)
Petra van Nuis & Dennis Luxion
5:48 $0.99
3. The Piano Player (A Thousand and One Saloons) [Live]
Petra van Nuis & Dennis Luxion
4:13 $0.99
4. Moonlight Saving Time (Live)
Petra van Nuis & Dennis Luxion
2:59 $0.99
5. You and the Night and the Music (Live)
Petra van Nuis & Dennis Luxion
4:10 $0.99
6. While My Lover Sleeps (Live)
Petra van Nuis & Dennis Luxion
4:36 $0.99
7. Small Day Tomorrow (Live)
Petra van Nuis & Dennis Luxion
4:22 $0.99
8. Dreamsville (Live)
Petra van Nuis & Dennis Luxion
4:25 $0.99
9. No Moon at All (Live)
Petra van Nuis & Dennis Luxion
3:25 $0.99
10. The Night We Called It a Day (Live)
Petra van Nuis & Dennis Luxion
6:28 $0.99
11. Shadows of Paris (Live)
Petra van Nuis & Dennis Luxion
3:57 $0.99
12. Black Coffee (Live)
Petra van Nuis & Dennis Luxion
5:39 $0.99
13. Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep (Live)
Petra van Nuis & Dennis Luxion
4:14 $0.99
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Album Notes
After several years and countless gigs together, acclaimed Chicago jazz vocal/piano duo Petra van Nuis and Dennis Luxion have documented their synergistic collaboration with "Because We're Night People."

Petra and Dennis recorded "Because We're Night People" live at Chicago's PianoForte, a conducive listening space with a fantastic piano. Dennis says: “In the recording studio, one is tempted to play it safe and strive for a controlled perfection that lacks the spontaneity of a live performance: a scripted dialogue, not an intimate conversation. I prefer the latter.”

"Because We're Night People" features thirteen night-themed selections. Petra explains, “By nature and work requirements Dennis and I are bona fide night people -- thus, this collection. We love the slower tempos. The dreamy, moody material inspires us. These songs were chosen to portray the varied emotions that occur in that magical suspended time after midnight and before the early bird's chirp asks why you're still awake.”

Dennis adds, “Some night people are attracted to the activity, social scene, and music of bars and nightclubs. But others are attracted to the relative quiet, solitude, and intimacy that can be found at night, a time of introspection. As a musician, I often find myself amid the first type of night people, whereas personally I am of the second type. Hopefully both are represented on this recording.”

Obscurities like "Night People," "Shadows Of Paris" and singer/pianist Meredith d' Ambrosio's "The Piano Player (A Thousand And One Saloons)" contrast with familiar favorites like "Count Your Blessings Instead Of Sheep." Lush and tender interpretations of "Dreamsville"and "While My Lover Sleeps" are balanced with swingers "Moonlight Saving Time" and "No Moon At All."

The Chicago Tribune calls Dennis Luxion “a veteran Chicago pianist of impeccable taste and considerable harmonic imagination.” A top-call sideman and a leader of his own ensembles, Dennis' early career started in Europe where for several years he was trumpeter Chet Baker's pianist making a number of recordings, television/radio appearances and tours throughout Europe. Since returning stateside, Luxion has worked with such legends as: Steve Allen, Conte Candoli, Bill Frisell, Sheila Jordan, Morgana King, Lee Konitz, Houston Person, Claudio Roditi, Archie Shepp, Gunther Schuller and Toots Thielemans, among others. In 2012, Luxion's Quartet toured Southern Africa as part of the Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad program administered by Jazz at Lincoln Center for the US State Department’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. Luxion’s compositions and arrangements have been featured on many recordings including Chet Baker’s “Leaving.”

Petra van Nuis is a jazz vocalist described in Downbeat Magazine as having “a light, gorgeous, and fairly delicate voice…a gift for melody and plenty of rhythmic confidence.” In addition to regular Chicago appearances, Petra appears nationally at festivals including the Cleveland Classic Jazz Party, the Roswell Jazz Festival and the Chautauqua Jazz Party with such swing luminaries as Dan Barrett, Nicki Parrott, Ken Peplowski, John Di Martino and Rossano Sportiello. Petra has fronted her popular Chicago-style Recession Seven band for a decade. Featuring veteran horn-men Eric Schneider, Russ Phillips and Bob Ojeda, the classic swing collective has been featured at regional jazz societies, the Chicago Jazz Festival and on their 2012 recording "Live In Chicago." Petra's twenty year musical collaboration with her husband, guitarist Andy Brown, has been documented on "Lessons Lyrical" and "Far Away Places," two critically acclaimed albums re-issued on the Japanese label Muzak and used as in flight entertainment by All Nippon Airways, Japan's largest airline.

In his liner notes for "Because We're Night People," Michael Steinman of the popular Jazz Lives blog hails "two singular souls allied by a deep purpose, to make us feel, to make us remember our nocturnal lives in their songs... the best efforts of two inventive explorers who do their best work after the sun goes down."

Press Quotes:

Petra van Nuis gives lyrics the kind of attention and understanding that makes each of them sound special, as if written just for her. Luxion provides the kind of accompaniment that all singers dream of having... a vocal album that rates among the best of the year.
Joe Lang, Jersey Jazz Magazine

The pair’s intimate collaboration makes this a highlight among 2018 vocal albums...also an important recording for listeners who cherish fine piano playing. His keyboard touch and inventive harmonic transitions have Ms. van Nuis floating...throughout, she sustains long notes perfectly in tune, supported by Luxion’s flawless accompaniment. The two are distinctive...delicious...just the right blend of sadness and wit...This will have a long stay on most listeners’ shelves.
Doug Ramsey, Rifftides

Van Nuis’ elegant style and rich voice superbly match Luxion’s resonant and lyrical pianism as the two musicians feed of each other’s spontaneity. They delve deep into the essence of each tune giving it a uniquely personal treatment that is as reflective of their own individual artistry as it is of the original composition...Thanks to van Nuis and Luxion’s immense talents and seamless camaraderie the music is deeply moving and subtly provocative. In sum it is satisfyingly multilayered disc that delights more with each spin.
Hrayr Attarian, Chicago Jazz Magazine

It's been a great year for vocalists, Petra ranks alongside the best of them, and anyone looking for a sympathetic accompanist such as Dennis need only contact the Chicago Local 10-208.
The music is 11 out of 10 high enough?
Lance Liddle, Bebop Spoken Here (UK)

Hey world, it’s time you found out what Chicagoans and Japanese already know, “Petra Sings” isn’t just the name of Van Nuis’s website. Luxion’s piano is one of her constants and the two of them tear it up here. Pure saloon jazz vocal that would make Sinatra proud he referred to himself as a saloon singer, this is one of those sets that will usher your taste into adulthood.  Killer stuff.
Chris Spector, Midwest Record

A voice quickly becoming cherished by the Japanese audience, the bright and beautiful Petra releases her latest...shades of Bill Evans appear from Dennis’ superb performance, the vocals and piano perfectly in tune with each other...the applause at the end are the only thing by which one realizes this breathtaking album and its quality sound were actually recorded live...a definite recommendation.
Keizo Takada, Record Collectors Magazine (Japan)

An album that is both hauntingly atmospheric and filled with creative substance...she with her refined grace and emotive vocals and he with his vibrant lyricism...Luxion plays darkly shimmering lines, like moonlight on the surface of a pond, on an impressionistic take of trumpeter Chet Baker's "While My Lover Sleeps." Van Nuis intones a warm and passionate lullaby over the pianist's serene and fluid chords.
Hrayr Attarian, All About Jazz

“a subtle and inviting jazz singer... performed with the sensitive and inventive pianist Dennis Luxion... a warm ballad date that even sounds good in the middle of the day”
Scott Yanow, Syncopated Times

“One of those rare recordings that just grabs you and holds on until the last Lady Day, Blossom Dearie and very few others, Petra conveys the meaning of a lyric in a very direct manner...a singer who gets it and puts it across to the listener...accompaniment is limited to the solo piano of Dennis Luxion, who is subtle and a picture of perfection....I hope to hear more from Petra and would suggest this to her: don't change a thing.”
George Fendel, High Standards Jazz

“The texture of her delicate, graceful voice is reminiscent of Blossom Dearie’s but uniquely chic and charming...Let such a voice sing to the masterful backing of seasoned pianist Dennis Luxion, and the world created is rich and intimate...the perfect record to listen to after being liberated from work...unwinding both body and soul.”
Eiji Kitahara, Jazz Life Magazine (Japan)

“Captivating many fans with her sweet-sounding voice reminiscent of Beverly Kenney and Blossom Dearie, she has now managed to outdo herself with her latest album... standards are showcased in a graceful, mature fashion.”
Kazune Hayata, CD Journal (Japan)

“An enchanting elegance clothes Petra as she sings in a relaxed tempo, pondering the meaning behind the words....a very well-suited duo...Dennis Luxion, a pianist appreciated by connoisseurs for backing Chet Baker in the‘80s.”
Stereo Magazine (Japan)

“Her signature charm is found in the coexistence of her relaxed feel and cool intelligence...a place where the agony, comfort, and hope of life meet...the world painted is profound...a recommended listen as the nights begin to draw in.”
Toshiro Kobari, Jazz Critique Magazine (Japan)

“A Chicago-based duo record by a beautiful, intelligent singer and a seasoned pianist known for his performance with Chet Baker. The silky smooth voice and lyrical piano come alongside the listener's after hours as they touch his soul.”
Japan Jazz Magazine (Japan)



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