Dusk & Dawn

Dusk & Dawn

by Amy Dickson
     
 

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In its classic mixture of classical favorites and popular songs, and in its unrelenting romantic mood as well, this release by Amy Dickson is entirely typical of major-label efforts to reach Britain's large crossover market. Its lead instrument, however, is not so typical: the saxophone, although one of pop's premier instruments, is a rare find in the concert sphere.

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In its classic mixture of classical favorites and popular songs, and in its unrelenting romantic mood as well, this release by Amy Dickson is entirely typical of major-label efforts to reach Britain's large crossover market. Its lead instrument, however, is not so typical: the saxophone, although one of pop's premier instruments, is a rare find in the concert sphere. Dickson does not really attempt to exploit this tension; her classical works are all arrangements, and her pop songs, until the very lightly jazzified reading of Harry Warren's "I Only Have Eyes for You" (track 11), don't make use of the saxophone's jazz capabilities. Even "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" is played pretty much straight. Instead, you get an unbroken series of slow tunes that, to quote the booklet's sparse text (it's mostly given over the gauzy shots of Dickson), offer "the sound of sensuality, elegance and romance." Some of them are unconventional enough to be engaging; it's undeniably fun to hear Bellini's "Casta diva" played on a saxophone. Others, notably Tom Waits' "In the Neighborhood," gain nothing from being played this way. Three works on the album are famous film themes, which split the difference between the classical and pop realms and are probably the most effective works on the disc. Producer James McMillan and his minions contribute reliably lush arrangements. In general this release will appeal to crossover lovers who have enjoyed hours of consuming codes of pure romance and want more of the same; others may find it less interesting.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/30/2013
Label:
Sony Import
UPC:
0887254795728
catalogNumber:
5479572
Rank:
297239

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Amy Dickson   Primary Artist,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
London Session Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Chris Walden   Conductor,Performing Ensemble
Mark Jaimes   Guitar (Nylon String)
Martin Cousin   Piano
James McMillan   Bass,Harmonium,Keyboards
David Arch   Piano
Mark Edwards   Piano
Dave Cottrell   Drums

Technical Credits

Vicenzo Bellini   Composer
Gabriel Fauré   Composer
Nino Rota   Composer
William Walton   Composer
Astor Piazzolla   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Tom Waits   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Frédéric Chopin   Composer
Claude Debussy   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Matteo Saggese   Composer
Chris Walden   Arranger
Nan Schwartz   Arranger
Liam Toner   Executive Producer
Chris Dunlop   Cover Photo
Amy Dickson   Liner Notes
James McMillan   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Gary Thomas   Engineer
Paul Marc Mitchell   Art Direction

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