Title - 'American Melodies'
Artist - Tommy Cecil & Nate Najar
For those not in the know, Tommy Cecil and Nate Najar bring together their individual musical personalities for their new album 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 on American Melodies.
1. 'Of Thee I Sing' (6:40)
2. 'Minor Mishap' (5:06)
3. 'A Little Priest' (5:55)
4. 'Glad To Be Unhappy' (5:49)
5. 'Bitty Ditty' (6:59)
6. 'Like A Straw In The Wind' (4:59)
7. 'Romance Without Words' (2:34)
8. 'Out Of The Past' (5:43)
9. 'The Longest Time' (4:310
10. 'Black Beauty' (5:380
11. 'Winter Moon' (4:17)
12. 'Rosalie' (4:47)
13. 'Sure On This Shining Night' (2:07)
On an album where Composers as diverse as Harold Arlen, Duke Ellington, Samuel Barber, Richard Rogers and even Billy Joel are represented in stunning audiophile sound, they begin with achingly beautiful 'Of Thee I Sing' and the perky, and upbeat 'Minor Mishap,' which are in turn backed by the playful 'A Little Priest,' the orthodox, yet alluring 'Glad To Be Unhappy' and then we get the foot-tappin joy of 'Ditty Ditty.'
Next up is the gentle summer's breeze of 'Like A Straw In The Wind' which is followed by a quietly plaintive 'Romance Without Words,' the slightly more melodic duo of 'Out Of The Past' and Billy Joel's 'The Longest Time,' before we get the finger-snappin' hipsway of 'Black Beauty,' with the album rounding out on the sturdy 'Winter Moon,' the assured 'Rosalie,' closing on the profoundly stoic, yet magnificently orchestrated 'Sure On This Shining Night.'
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