Songs and Lullabies

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
The union of pianist Fred Hersch and British vocalist Norma Winstone brings forth great results on this intimate, often exquisite recording. Aided by the illustrious vibraphonist Gary Burton on four tracks, Hersch and Winstone essay 12 songs co-written by the pair (Hersch covering the music, Winstone the lyrics). The pianist’s gorgeous touch, knowing accompaniment, and skilled improvisations are the perfect complement to Winstone’s elegant phrasing, while Burton’s airy sound meshes in a just-so manner, bringing additional variety to the project. It’s a pleasure to hear a vocal album that breaks away from tried-and-true standards. Someday, singers may well be turning ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
The union of pianist Fred Hersch and British vocalist Norma Winstone brings forth great results on this intimate, often exquisite recording. Aided by the illustrious vibraphonist Gary Burton on four tracks, Hersch and Winstone essay 12 songs co-written by the pair (Hersch covering the music, Winstone the lyrics). The pianist’s gorgeous touch, knowing accompaniment, and skilled improvisations are the perfect complement to Winstone’s elegant phrasing, while Burton’s airy sound meshes in a just-so manner, bringing additional variety to the project. It’s a pleasure to hear a vocal album that breaks away from tried-and-true standards. Someday, singers may well be turning their hands to the polished gems found on this treasurable recording.
All Music Guide - Judith Schlesinger
This is a deeply romantic CD, but not the fluffy kind: its music and words are powerful and introspective, rather than syrupy or sentimental. Fred Hersch has recorded with many fine vocalists -- Janis Siegel, Meredith d'Ambrosio, Barbara Sfraga, and Luciana Souza among them -- but this is the first time these 11 compositions are all his own, with lyrics and vocals by Azimuth co-founder Norma Winstone. Her words are intelligent and poetic, perfectly fitted to Hersch's lush melodies, and she sings with soul and grace. The songs span two decades, from Hersch's '80s trademarks "Heartsong" and "Sarabande" to recent work like the transcendentally beautiful "Endless Stars" -- which becomes "Stars" here, and also appears on his recent trio CD, Live at the Village Vanguard. Master vibist Gary Burton joins the duo on three tracks; his interplay with Hersch on "A Wish" is particularly delicious, like two fast-flowing streams tumbling and sparkling in the sun. Winstone turns the familiar "Heartsong" into "Song of Life," a purely joyful celebration. Aside from the banquet of Hersch's incomparable lyricism, there's also humor in the Monk-ish "The Eighth Deadly Sin" (procrastination) where Winstone brilliantly describes the agony of approaching a creative deadline. Songs and Lullabies offers an intimate yet universal journey, full of wistful meditations on love; warmly recorded, it's a must for fans of Hersch and Winstone and aficionados of the highest levels of jazz piano and musicianship. This CD is life-affirming, inspiring, gorgeous, and highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/1/2003
  • Label: Sunny Side
  • UPC: 016728110822
  • Catalog Number: 1108
  • Sales rank: 51,433

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Longing - Norma Winstone (5:59)
  2. 2 Stars - Norma Winstone (6:03)
  3. 3 A Wish - Norma Winstone (3:44)
  4. 4 Lost in Another Time - Norma Winstone (5:44)
  5. 5 Songs and Lullabies - Norma Winstone (5:58)
  6. 6 Spirits - Norma Winstone (6:03)
  7. 7 The Eighth Deadly Sin - Norma Winstone (3:49)
  8. 8 Bird in the Rain - Norma Winstone (5:54)
  9. 9 To Music - Norma Winstone (4:09)
  10. 10 Song of Life - Norma Winstone (5:05)
  11. 11 Invitation to the Dance - Norma Winstone (5:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fred Hersch Primary Artist, Piano
Gary Burton Vibes
Norma Winstone Voices
Technical Credits
Fred Hersch Producer
Norma Winstone Producer
A.T. Michael MacDonald Producer, Engineer, Mastering
François Zalacain Executive Producer
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