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Newer Every Day

by Sandy Shalk

Jazz, folk, and Celtic tunes played solo on an acoustic guitar in alternate tunings.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz-Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Blue Monk
2:54 album only
2. My One and Only Love
2:44 album only
3. Be Thou My Vision
1:56 album only
4. Black and Tan Fantasy
2:52 album only
5. Round Midnight
3:07 album only
6. Take Five
3:05 album only
7. Blind Mary
2:02 album only
8. Christmas Time Is Here
2:54 album only
9. Davenport Blues
3:51 album only
10. Lament for Owen Roe O' Neil
3:32 album only
11. Tears
4:09 album only
12. Good Morning Heartache
3:01 album only
13. God Bless the Child
3:10 album only
14. Arran Boat Song
2:02 album only
15. Georgia
2:36 album only
16. I Dream of Jeannie
1:56 album only
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Album Notes

"We turn not older with years but newer every day."
Emily Dickinson

Special thanks to my good friend and acclaimed fingerstyle guitarist El McMeen whose brilliance as a guitarist is matched by his skill as a teacher and mentor. Without him, this CD would not have been possible. Deep gratitude goes to Marc Moss (Target Studios, Red Hook, NY) who provided his ears, technical expertise and exceptional musicianship to record and mix the majority of the tracks, complete the mastering, design the cover, and stick with me through the length of this project.

I am also indebted to Chris Kirby and Kevin Nemith of Digital Street Studio (Dover, DE) for recording Take Five; and Cliff Hillis for recording Lament for Owen Roe O’Neill and Tears. All amazing musicians, songwriters, and performers with wonderful engineering skills. I am grateful to my musical pals Tim Alexander, John Green, Rick Schuman, Tish Schuman, Alvin Clayton Pope and Dave Brown.

A Special Note on the guitar tunings:
I enjoy working with alternate tunings on the guitar and have a particular fondness for DADGAD. Many tunes typically associated with the jazz oeuvre on this CD are arranged in DADGAD, which I believe is a first for these tunes. These include Blue Monk, Round Midnight, Take Five, and the others as noted.
Cover picture of a Franklin OM by Marc Moss. My inside cover picture by Life on the Edges. Back cover picture by Dave Brown. Guitars by Nick Kukich (Franklin OM) and Martin Guitars. I am proud to be associated with Piney Ridge Music.
Recorded and mixed by Marc Moss of Target Studios except as noted above. ( All tunes mastered by Marc Moss at Target Studios.

This album is dedicated to my wonderful wife Christine and my sons of whom I am most proud: Ben, Alec and Colin.



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Acoustic guitar at its best
This CD is so good that it's hard to be succinct. Every time I listen I hear more nuances and beautiful turns of phrase and inspired creative choices. First off, it's seminal, in the deeply affecting rendering by Mr. Shalk of jazz tunes and standards in tunings and textures not heard before. It shows not only great skill of phrasing and string choice in the performance and arranging of tunes; it has the utmost integrity. There is not one gratuitous note--not one second of indulging any artist ego. Not one. Everything is done to honor and even elevate already rich and diverse music. It also reflects great musical maturity and intelligence. No youngster, however talented, could have pulled off this recording. It's absolutely in the desert island top 10 of acoustic guitar CD's for me.

Judith Giddings

"Newer Every Day" is a beautiful album with a great selection of tunes from O'Carolan to Monk and Ellington. The album is sweet, smooth, elegant, and uplifting. Exquisite harmonies and infectious rhythms! I especially love the jazz (which flows from Sandy so effortlessly), but the entire album is beautiful--every single song. If you're a fan of solo guitar, this one is sure to be a favorite. It's a masterpiece!

Judith Giddings

“Newer Every Day” is sweet, smooth, elegant, and uplifting. The harmonies are exquisite and rhythms are infectious. It’s impossible to listen without tapping your toes or moving to the beat! The album has a great selection of tunes from Celtic to jazz. I especially love the jazz, where Sandy is obviously very much at home, but the entire album is beautiful—every single song. If you’re a fan of solo guitar, this one is sure to be a favorite. It’s a masterpiece!!