Ocean: Songs for the Night Sea Journey

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Jennifer Cutting isn't a huge name in the folk-rock world, but if Ocean: Songs for the Night Sea Journey is any indication, the Washington, DC-based songwriter, arranger and producer is well worth getting to know -- especially if one fancies folk-rock with a strong British Isles influence. Cutting, in fact, has so many British, Irish and Celtic influences that one could easily assume she has from that part of the world. But Cutting is definitely an American; she just happens to have a major appreciation of British, Irish and Celtic folk -- and that British Isles influence asserts itself quite strongly on original material like "The Gladdest Breeze," "Call of the Siren" ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Jennifer Cutting isn't a huge name in the folk-rock world, but if Ocean: Songs for the Night Sea Journey is any indication, the Washington, DC-based songwriter, arranger and producer is well worth getting to know -- especially if one fancies folk-rock with a strong British Isles influence. Cutting, in fact, has so many British, Irish and Celtic influences that one could easily assume she has from that part of the world. But Cutting is definitely an American; she just happens to have a major appreciation of British, Irish and Celtic folk -- and that British Isles influence asserts itself quite strongly on original material like "The Gladdest Breeze," "Call of the Siren" and "My Grief on the Sea" all of which underscore the tranquil, pastoral nature of her work. There are a few songs on this CD that aren't entirely original; "If You Are Near," for example, combines a classical aria by Johann Sebastian Bach with English words. But Cutting's own songs dominate this 2004 release, which demonstrates that she's a stellar writer able to coax superb performances out of the assembled group. So who is the target audience for Ocean? Anyone who has spent a lot of time savoring British folk will appreciate the way Cutting draws on influences like Fairport Convention, Sandy Denny, June Tabor and Steeleye Span; in fact, two of Cutting's guests on this album Maddy Prior and Peter Knight have been with Steeleye Span. Prior is one of the four vocalists bringing Cutting's vision to life, the others are Polly Bolton, Grace Griffith and Lisa Moscatiello. \Celtic folk enthusiasts will also enjoy the way Clannad and the Chieftains have affected some of Cutting's writing. But Cutting is her own person, and this pleasing effort lets us know that she has an appealing folk-rock vision of her own.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/17/2009
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 5065000199272
  • Catalog Number: 956316
  • Sales rank: 277,555

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jennifer Cutting Primary Artist, Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Piano-Accordion, Sampling, Button Accordion, Piano (Grand), Spoken Word, Breathing
Tony Cuffe Acoustic Guitar, Human Whistle, Low Whistle, Clarsach
Maddy Prior Vocals
Peter Maunu Electric Guitar
Gabriel Yacoub Vocal Harmony
Polly Bolton Vocals
Myron Bretholz Trombone, Bodhran
Marco Delmar Percussion, Tambourine
Andy Hamburger Drums
John Jennings Electric Guitar
Dave Mattacks Drums
Zan McLeod Acoustic Guitar, Bouzouki, Electric Guitar
Steve Missal Conga, Drums
Lisa Moscatiello Vocals, Human Whistle
Dominick Murray Vocal Harmony
Rico Petrucelli Bass
Peter Wilson Violin
Grace Griffith Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Troy Donockley Electric Guitar, Human Whistle, uillean pipes, E-bow, Low Whistle
Adrianne Harrison Vocals, Group Member
Marcio Botelho Cello
Sylvie Berger Vocal Harmony
Lisa Ponton Violin, Viola
Larry Kolota Percussion
Blake Althen Electric Guitar, Sampling, Loops
Theadocia Austen Vocals, Group Member
Kim Miller Violin
Tatiana Sarbinska Vocals, Soloist
Technical Credits
Gustav Holst Composer
Steve Morse Composer
Ed Jones Engineer
Gabriel Yacoub Arranger, Vocal Arrangements
Johann Sebastian Bach Composer
Marco Delmar Engineer
Mike Fisher Engineer
Heidi Gerber Engineer
John Jennings Producer
Charlie Pilzer Mastering
George Shilling Engineer
Jennifer Cutting Arranger, Composer, Director, Poetry, Producer
Ewan Davies Engineer
Dan Schuman Illustrations
Lawrence Marie Illustrations
Traditional Composer
Michel Van Achter Engineer
Gary Billey Engineer
Larry Kolota Programming, Engineer, Loop Programming
Blake Althen Programming, Producer, Loop
Anthony Mccann translation
Tatiana Sarbinska Artistic Director
Bob Dawson Engineer
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