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Tommy Cecil | American Melodies

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American Melodies

by Tommy Cecil

This collection presents in-the-moment, lyrical interpretations of works by brilliant composers with disparate styles but a shared twentieth-century American aesthetic.
Genre: Jazz: Chamber Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Of Thee I Sing
6:40 album only
2. Minor Mishap
5:06 album only
3. A Little Priest
5:55 album only
4. Glad to Be Unhappy
5:48 album only
5. Bitty Ditty
6:59 album only
6. Like a Straw in the Wind
4:58 album only
7. Romance Without Words
2:33 album only
8. Out of the Past
5:42 album only
9. The Longest Time
4:31 album only
10. Black Beauty
5:37 album only
11. Winter Moon
4:17 album only
12. Rosalie
4:47 album only
13. Sure on This Shining Night
2:06 album only


Album Notes
Tommy Cecil and Nate Najar bring together their individual musical personalities for "American Melodies" yielding a varied, swinging, melodic program. Drawing from Broadway classics, jazz compositions, popular song and classical selections, they approach each track with a unique sense of aesthetic, reverence and atmosphere. From the macabre humor in Sondheim’s “A Little Priest” and the driving swing of Tommy Flanagan’s “Minor Mishap” to Ned Rorem’s poignant and beautiful “Romance Without Words,” Cecil and Najar have crafted an eclectic and picturesque journey through American music. Composers as diverse as Harold Arlen, Duke Ellington, Samuel Barber, Richard Rogers and even Billy Joel are represented in stunning audiophile sound. Tommy Cecil previously released recordings devoted to the music of Stephen Sondheim- Will Friedwald wrote in the Wall Street Journal, “...delivers blissfully swinging improvisations on such contemporary theater classics as 'Our Time'-showing that piano and bass can 'sing' more beautifully than many performers currently on Broadway." "All About Jazz" proclaimed Nate Najar to be "one of the finest classical guitarists in the business today".



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