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Ocean: Songs for the Night Sea Journey
     

Ocean: Songs for the Night Sea Journey

by Jennifer Cutting
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/17/2009
Label:
Imports
UPC:
5065000199272
catalogNumber:
956316
Rank:
99167

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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
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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