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American Classics - Brubeck: Nocturnes / John Salmon


Release Date: 08/29/2006 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559301   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Dave Brubeck
Performer:  John Salmon
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is Salmon’s second Brubeck disc for Naxos. Here he presents what are termed twenty-six Nocturnes though that’s something of a misnomer. They’re short character studies, mainly played straight with three notable exceptions where Salmon allows himself the luxury of some explicit improvisation – Recuerdo, Bluette and Koto Song. A number of the songs are also from recent albums and many have personal associations for Brubeck – family, travel, touring, special people and an air of nostalgia.

Whatever they may or may not be these are all engaging and often wistful examples of Brubeck’s art. Since he recently announced that he won’t make any more European tours due to the fatigue of the travelling it’s a moment for those of us
Read more here to reflect on his more intimate and reflective moments. They’re captured with real understanding and affection by Salmon who’s made something of a study in things Brubeckian.

So we can admire the compression but affirmative lyricism of the charming ballad Strange Meadowlark. Similarly – and how craftily programmed it is – we can enjoy the Bachian Mexicana, or should that be Mexican Bachiana of Recuerdo, which as already noted is one of the few places where Salmon has some improvisatory leeway. He brings out its suspensions nicely as indeed he does in adducing a little Erroll Garner to its veritable charms. I enjoyed the antique air of Softly, William, Softly, which derives from a never completed opera. As its title suggests Bluette is a laid back mini blues opus. And as with so many songs of his we can hear how Quiet As The Moon aspires to the condition of song. Brubeck is a wonderfully “vocal” composer.

Home Without Iola (his wife) is imbued with tristesse but another tribute to her - (I Still Am In Love With) A Girl Named Oli – has more than its share of earthy, funky Garneresque moments. There’s a touching tribute to Audrey Hepburn as well, and a trademark waltz, Viennese style, to add variety both rhythmic and thematic to the programming. Rather odd though that his Fats Waller tribute – Mr. Fats – should be in the form of a boogie; perhaps Harlem Stride was too much Fats’s thing for Brubeck to insist upon it. The range of his classical enthusiasms and interests can be gauged by his Satie homage, the roguishly titled I See, Satie.

This is another well-judged tribute to a still vital talent. There’s warmth here and wit and the kind of miniaturised impressionism that keeps Brubeck so interesting and rewarding a figure.

-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Blue Lake Tahoe by Dave Brubeck
Performer:  John Salmon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1997; USA 
Length: 0 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: University of North Carolina Music School, Greensboro (02/06/2005 - 02/27/2005); University of North Carolina Music School, Greensboro (04/17/2005) 
2.
Looking at a Rainbow by Dave Brubeck
Performer:  John Salmon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1997; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Notes: University of North Carolina Music School, Greensboro (02/06/2005 - 02/27/2005); University of North Carolina Music School, Greensboro (04/17/2005) 
3.
Nostalgia de México by Dave Brubeck
Performer:  John Salmon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1997; USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Notes: University of North Carolina Music School, Greensboro (02/06/2005 - 02/27/2005); University of North Carolina Music School, Greensboro (04/17/2005) 
4.
Strange Meadowlark by Dave Brubeck
Performer:  John Salmon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Notes: University of North Carolina Music School, Greensboro (02/06/2005 - 02/27/2005); University of North Carolina Music School, Greensboro (04/17/2005) 
5.
Recuerdo by Dave Brubeck
Performer:  John Salmon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1997; USA 
Length: 4 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: University of North Carolina Music School, Greensboro (02/06/2005 - 02/27/2005); University of North Carolina Music School, Greensboro (04/17/2005) 
6.
Softly, William, Softly by Dave Brubeck
Performer:  John Salmon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1997; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Notes: University of North Carolina Music School, Greensboro (02/06/2005 - 02/27/2005); University of North Carolina Music School, Greensboro (04/17/2005) 
7.
Study in Fourths by Dave Brubeck
Performer:  John Salmon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1997; USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: University of North Carolina Music School, Greensboro (02/06/2005 - 02/27/2005); University of North Carolina Music School, Greensboro (04/17/2005) 
8.
Chorale by Dave Brubeck
Performer:  John Salmon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1997; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Notes: University of North Carolina Music School, Greensboro (02/06/2005 - 02/27/2005); University of North Carolina Music School, Greensboro (04/17/2005) 
9.
Upstage Rhumba by Dave Brubeck
Performer:  John Salmon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1997; USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Notes: University of North Carolina Music School, Greensboro (02/06/2005 - 02/27/2005); University of North Carolina Music School, Greensboro (04/17/2005) 
10.
Bluette by Dave Brubeck
Performer:  John Salmon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1997; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: University of North Carolina Music School, Greensboro (02/06/2005 - 02/27/2005); University of North Carolina Music School, Greensboro (04/17/2005) 
11.
Quiet as the Moon by Dave Brubeck
Performer:  John Salmon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1997; USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Notes: University of North Carolina Music School, Greensboro (02/06/2005 - 02/27/2005); University of North Carolina Music School, Greensboro (04/17/2005) 
12.
Lost Waltz by Dave Brubeck
Performer:  John Salmon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1997; USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: University of North Carolina Music School, Greensboro (02/06/2005 - 02/27/2005); University of North Carolina Music School, Greensboro (04/17/2005) 
13.
The Desert and the Parched Land by Dave Brubeck
Performer:  John Salmon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: University of North Carolina Music School, Greensboro (02/06/2005 - 02/27/2005); University of North Carolina Music School, Greensboro (04/17/2005) 
14.
Five for Ten Small Fingers by Dave Brubeck
Performer:  John Salmon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1997; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Notes: University of North Carolina Music School, Greensboro (02/06/2005 - 02/27/2005); University of North Carolina Music School, Greensboro (04/17/2005) 
15.
Soaring by Dave Brubeck
Performer:  John Salmon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1997; USA 
Length: 0 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: University of North Carolina Music School, Greensboro (02/06/2005 - 02/27/2005); University of North Carolina Music School, Greensboro (04/17/2005) 
16.
Lullaby by Dave Brubeck
Performer:  John Salmon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1997; USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Notes: University of North Carolina Music School, Greensboro (02/06/2005 - 02/27/2005); University of North Carolina Music School, Greensboro (04/17/2005) 
17.
Home Without Iola by Dave Brubeck
Performer:  John Salmon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1997; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: University of North Carolina Music School, Greensboro (02/06/2005 - 02/27/2005); University of North Carolina Music School, Greensboro (04/17/2005) 
18.
A Girl named Oli (I still am in love with...) by Dave Brubeck
Performer:  John Salmon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1997; USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: University of North Carolina Music School, Greensboro (02/06/2005 - 02/27/2005); University of North Carolina Music School, Greensboro (04/17/2005) 
19.
Joshua Redman by Dave Brubeck
Performer:  John Salmon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1997; USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: University of North Carolina Music School, Greensboro (02/06/2005 - 02/27/2005); University of North Carolina Music School, Greensboro (04/17/2005) 
20.
Audrey by Dave Brubeck
Performer:  John Salmon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1997; USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: University of North Carolina Music School, Greensboro (02/06/2005 - 02/27/2005); University of North Carolina Music School, Greensboro (04/17/2005) 
21.
Memories of a Viennese Park by Dave Brubeck
Performer:  John Salmon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1997; USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: University of North Carolina Music School, Greensboro (02/06/2005 - 02/27/2005); University of North Carolina Music School, Greensboro (04/17/2005) 
22.
Koto Song by Dave Brubeck
Performer:  John Salmon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 5 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: University of North Carolina Music School, Greensboro (02/06/2005 - 02/27/2005); University of North Carolina Music School, Greensboro (04/17/2005) 
23.
Mr. Fats by Dave Brubeck
Performer:  John Salmon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1997; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes: University of North Carolina Music School, Greensboro (02/06/2005 - 02/27/2005); University of North Carolina Music School, Greensboro (04/17/2005) 
24.
A Misty Morning by Dave Brubeck
Performer:  John Salmon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1997; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: University of North Carolina Music School, Greensboro (02/06/2005 - 02/27/2005); University of North Carolina Music School, Greensboro (04/17/2005) 
25.
I see, Satie by Dave Brubeck
Performer:  John Salmon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1997; USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: University of North Carolina Music School, Greensboro (02/06/2005 - 02/27/2005); University of North Carolina Music School, Greensboro (04/17/2005) 
26.
Going to sleep by Dave Brubeck
Performer:  John Salmon (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1997; USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: University of North Carolina Music School, Greensboro (02/06/2005 - 02/27/2005); University of North Carolina Music School, Greensboro (04/17/2005) 

Sound Samples

Nocturnes: No. 1. Blue Lake Tahoe
Nocturnes: No. 2. Looking at a Rainbow
Nocturnes: No. 3. Nostalgia de Mexico
Nocturnes: No. 4. Strange Meadowlark
Nocturnes: No. 5. Recuerdo
Nocturnes: No. 6. Softly, William, Softly
Nocturnes: No. 7. Study in Fourths
Nocturnes: No. 8. Chorale
Nocturnes: No. 9. Upstage Rhumba
Nocturnes: No. 10. Bluette
Nocturnes: No. 11. Quiet as the Moon
Nocturnes: No. 12. Lost Waltz
Nocturnes: No. 13. The Desert and the Parched Land
Nocturnes: No. 14. Five for Ten Small Fingers
Nocturnes: No. 15. Soaring
Nocturnes: No. 16. Lullaby
Nocturnes: No. 17. Home Without Iola
A Girl Named Oli: (I Still am in Love with)
Nocturnes: No. 18. Joshua Redman
Nocturnes: No. 19. Audrey
Nocturnes: No. 20. Memories of a Viennese Park
Nocturnes: No. 21. Koto Song
Mr. Fats
Nocturnes: No. 22. A Misty Morning
Nocturnes: No. 23. I See, Satie
Nocturnes: No. 24. Going To Sleep

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