Just what the Romantic Piano Concerto series does best: three works unlikely to be encountered in the concert hall, in performances by artists who wholeheartedly—and justifiably—believe in the music. The high expectations of this series are amply realized in volume seventy-six.
Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker should have been on cloud nine after the release of their exquisite 2016 album Overnight. It was the pair’s first for Rough Trade after self-releasing their previous albums and the reviews were nothing short of glowing. And yet things didn’t pan out quite how they’d hoped. Overnight sold only modestly and, wondering if they might not get a second chance with Rough Trade, Clarke and Walker were pitched into a period of soul-searching. Were all the sacrifices and disappointments and emotional turmoil really worth it in order to pursue their dream?
This album compiles sessions recorded at three sessions in 1969 and 1973, previously released on the Lp's "Ben Webster At Ease" (CD1 1-6, 1969), "For The Cuv'nor" (CD1 7-12, 1969) and "Last Concert" (CD2, 1973).
Pianist, singer/songwriter, producer, author, and host Ben Sidran is a literate performer known for his engaging, jazz-influenced sound and laid-back, conversational style. Essentially a pianist/vocalist with a storytelling approach in the tradition of Mose Allison, Sidran grew from a supporting player with rocker Steve Miller to a solo performer, and to an award-winning radio and TV host. Along the way, he has produced albums for such luminaries as Allison, Van Morrison, Michael Franks, Rickie Lee Jones, and others.
Liebrand am has made another beautiful selection of the best and most special dance - and disco classics. The aficionado comes all the way to z "a pull which once again 4 CD" s full of 40 "dance classics" in the long (12-inch) versions, often difficult or versions that nothing like CD are available. Am not accept Liebrand takes the best recordings for optimum sound quality. 16 tracks on this part Chic's stand, C. J & Co., Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Ashford & Simpson, La Toya Jackson, Voyage, Gino Soccio, Junior and many others. Again there are of course some exclusive babies up on, inter alia, Harry Thumann Bernard Wright and Spence.
Arthur Sullivan always wanted to be known more as a serious composer than one of comic opera, and his Symphony in E minor ("Irish") and his grand opera Ivanhoe, immensely popular in its own time, have been revived in recent decades. The same cannot be said of his songs, which are all but unknown except for The Lost Chord. That chestnut is not even included on this expansive two-disc survey, a highly worthwhile look into Sullivan the song composer.