Sometimes Paris

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John Nilsen has quietly developed a loyal following and critical acclaim for his five previous releases of piano-based music, both solo and small ensemble. On his brand new record, Sometimes Paris, Nilsen's years of paying his dues really comes to fruition with a mature and varied work of intimate expression and far-reaching themes. His piano-playing falls closer to Jim Chappell than to George Winston, especially in collaboration with Nancy Rumbel on oboe or English horn, but his solo work also continues to stand out with an appeal that combines introspective improvisation with familiar sounding, warmly romantic themes. Nilsen's compositions encompass both images from nature, such as "Leaf and Vine" or "Water Dancer,"...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
John Nilsen has quietly developed a loyal following and critical acclaim for his five previous releases of piano-based music, both solo and small ensemble. On his brand new record, Sometimes Paris, Nilsen's years of paying his dues really comes to fruition with a mature and varied work of intimate expression and far-reaching themes. His piano-playing falls closer to Jim Chappell than to George Winston, especially in collaboration with Nancy Rumbel on oboe or English horn, but his solo work also continues to stand out with an appeal that combines introspective improvisation with familiar sounding, warmly romantic themes. Nilsen's compositions encompass both images from nature, such as "Leaf and Vine" or "Water Dancer," as well as times and places, such as on "Memory Lane," "Fountain of Granada," or the title piece. An especially strong track, "New October," is similar to an earlier piece, with endearing passages that linger in the memory like special times shared together with an old friend. He gives this stirring track a two-handed workout, highlighted by the soaring fretless bass of Phil Baker. For those who are wary of piano recordings because of a common glut in this genre, John Nilsen offers a fresh and refreshing view of the world around him with the dynamics of the piano and his unique style. ~ Backroads Music/Heartbeats
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/27/1995
  • Label: Magic Wing
  • UPC: 099144100622
  • Catalog Number: 1006
  • Sales rank: 407,844

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Leaf and Vine (1:50)
  2. 2 Witness Tree (4:41)
  3. 3 Memory Lane (4:41)
  4. 4 A Page of England (5:41)
  5. 5 New October (4:49)
  6. 6 Skating (4:06)
  7. 7 Sometimes Paris (4:51)
  8. 8 Eye of the Badlands (4:38)
  9. 9 Fountain of Granada (4:04)
  10. 10 Water Dancer (3:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Nilsen Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Guitar, Piano
David Friesen Bass
Phil Baker Bass
Jason Moore Percussion
Nancy Rumbel English Horn, Oboe
Technical Credits
John Nilsen Composer, Producer
Craig Carothers Producer, MIDI Production
Scot Spain Engineer
Bob Stark Engineer
Chris Bellman Mastering
Scott Spain Engineer
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