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Love, My Old Friend

by Willamette Singers

The Willamette Singers is an ensemble which explores vocal jazz music suitable to small groups of skilled and flexible musicians.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Lady Bird
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2. Will You Still Be Mine
4:28 $0.99
3. Aha!
2:37 $0.99
4. A Struggle
5:13 $0.99
5. One Touch of Heaven
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6. Hey Jude
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7. Before the Rain
3:19 $0.99
8. Let Me Leave
4:23 $0.99
9. Little Sunflower
6:43 $0.99
10. Sinking
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11. Cloud Cover
4:42 $0.99
12. Love, My Old Friend
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Album Notes
Dear vocal jazz lover,
We have enjoyed a wonderful year of music-making in the Willamette Singers. We performed for the Northwest Regional Convention of the American Choral Directors Association held in Seattle, Wash. In addition, our 2012–2013 CD, “I’ll Sing for You,” won three prestigious awards from Downbeat Magazine. Harris Long was selected as the best collegiate jazz vocalist, Matt Sazima was chosen as the best collegiate vocal jazz arranger for his arrangement of “Skylark,” and the Willamette Singers were selected as the best large vocal jazz ensemble in the country. If you had the opportunity to see and hear the Singers this past year, I am sure you’ll agree the group continues to be an outstanding representation of Willamette’s vocal jazz program.
As always, our repertoire was quite varied, but this time there was a special twist. Graduating senior Matt Sazima either composed or arranged five of the twelve selections on this CD. He composed both combo feature tunes, “A Struggle” and “Cloud Cover.” In addition, he composed “Sinking,” featuring senior Alec Chase, and the title track, “Love, My Old Friend,” featuring senior vocalist Harris Long
and our fine bass player Thomas Shipley. Sazima also arranged “Hey Jude,” featuring senior Wade Pritchard, and “Let Me Leave,” in which he is the featured soloist.
We were blessed to have our outstanding four-member combo back this past year and a wonderful group of skilled vocalists. As a result, I chose literature that was extremely difficult, and the group responded to the challenge with superior commitment and performance.
Once again, this recording project is bittersweet for me because it signals the last musical project with our seniors. We had an excellent group of seniors, represented by the percussion work of Zach Kambour throughout the CD, as well as vocalists Harris Long on “Love, My Old Friend” and “Let me Leave;” Alec Chase on “Sinking” and “Little Sunflower;” Paige Lancourt on “Aha!;” Maddy Ross on “One Touch of Heaven;” Wade Pritchard on “Hey Jude;” and Benny Kuo on “Will You Still Be Mine.” The future of Singers is represented by Collyn Johnson’s scat solo on “Lady Bird,” Maddy Goldman’s lyric solo on “Will You Still Be Mine,” Madison Hall’s beautiful solo on “Aha!” and Thomas Shipley’s bass solo on “Love, My Old Friend.” The future is bright indeed with these soloists and returning combo members Thomas Shipley and Jarrett Tracy.
This album has a little bit of something for everyone and, as always, that great Willamette Singer sound. Thank you to all of the many jazz lovers who continue to support our music. Special thanks goes to the students who worked so diligently to make this recording and to their parents who have supported their musical endeavors. This was a very special year, and I will cherish it in my memory.
Wallace H. Long Jr. Director, Willamette Singers



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