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Until I Find the Words

by Steve Hiltner & Phil Orr

This album captures the spirit of Sustainable Jazz: fresh and lyrical, jubilant or introspective, unified in spirit while drawing from diverse rhythms. Melodies on sax and clarinet, underlain by an inventive piano style that can sound like an orchestra.
Genre: Jazz: Mainstream Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. In the Company of Friends
Steve Hiltner & Phil Orr
5:04 $0.99
2. Crying It Out
Steve Hiltner & Phil Orr
2:40 $0.99
3. Princetonian Thoroughfare
Steve Hiltner & Phil Orr
3:26 $0.99
4. Lejos De Aqui
Steve Hiltner & Phil Orr
6:06 $0.99
5. Ruum to Rumba
Steve Hiltner & Phil Orr
4:09 $0.99
6. Cheery in Theory
Steve Hiltner & Phil Orr
5:38 $0.99
7. Where Did You Go?
Steve Hiltner & Phil Orr
2:35 $0.99
8. Until I Find the Words
Steve Hiltner & Phil Orr
3:17 $0.99
9. Funky River
Steve Hiltner & Phil Orr
3:57 $0.99
10. Fed Up
Steve Hiltner & Phil Orr
4:41 $0.99
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Album Notes
Each tune on this album has its own special feel, from ballad to bounce, tango to swing. These are some of the original compositions that saxophonist/clarinetist Steve Hiltner and pianist Phil Orr perform at concerts and private parties, recorded in a studio with a gorgeous piano sound. Album photographs were taken by the composer, who is also a naturalist, with bubbles trapped in ice on the cover, thawing to the liquid mysteries of a vernal pool on the inside. Steve takes his inspiration from the mainstream jazz of great saxophonists like Dexter Gordon, the gorgeous ballads of Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn and John Coltrane, the positive energy and buoyancy of latin styles, and the endless creativity of nature.

Based in Princeton, NJ, Steve is known not only for his Sustainable Jazz, but for writing and performing climate change theater, writing extensively about nature and sustainability, and leading nature walks in his favorite nature preserve, Herrontown Woods. Phil is a composer and band leader in his own right, comfortable in a broad range of genres, whose sympathies and facility give the compositions on this album a rich, inventive setting.

Some brief liner notes:

In the Company of Friends--What we feel for our audience.

Crying It Out (At the Bawl)--Memories of midwestern dance halls from a distant era.

Princetonian Thoroughfare--Street life, with a touch of Bud Powell's Parisian Thoroughfare

Lejos de Aqui (Far From Here)--Long distance love--some know it well.

Ruum To Rumba--Life is better if there's ruum to rumba.

Cheery in Theory--A musical account of a pretty flower that starts taking over the garden.

Where Did You Go?--Anyone who has lost someone dear without warning will know this feeling.

Until I Find the Words--A tango. "Until I find the words, I'll play this melody, this simple melody, to tell you of my love."

Funky River--This river gets funky in a good way.

Fed Up--An unusual, driving groove that waited decades for its melody to come along.



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