The Sidewalks of New York: Tin Pan Alley

The Sidewalks of New York: Tin Pan Alley

by Uri Caine Orchestra


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Pianist Uri Caine's work is always intriguing, but this CD is something very different. Sidewalks of New York comes off like the soundtrack to an as yet unmade documentary about Tin Pan Alley at the turn of the century, complete with sound effects of horses and people on the street, folks celebrating in a rowdy saloon, and so on. "The Sidewalks of New York" serves as a recurring theme, first as a dreamy solo by Caine, later with Ralph Alessi's distant trumpet, and finally in a bar with a determined singer. Other familiar pieces include Eubie Blake's still challenging "Charleston Rag," a low-fidelity "Memphis Blues" that's made to sound as if it's being played on an ancient Victrola, and the timeless "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." There are some hilarious, long forgotten pieces like "Has Anybody Here Seen Kelly?" and Irving Berlin's whimsical "Cohen Owes Me Ninety Seven Dollars"; as well as revivals of once popular but now long forgotten tunes like the tear jerking "After the Ball" and the draggy narrative "Nobody." The talented supporting cast includes clarinetist Don Byron, trumpeter Dave Douglas, and violinist Mark Feldman. As a concept package complete with period photographs, Sidewalks is very successful, but the numerous sound effects make repeated listening a little more difficult. Perhaps Caine should introduce himself to documentary maker Ken Burns and suggest a Tin Pan Alley project.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/10/1999
Label: Winter & Winter
UPC: 0025091003822
catalogNumber: 38
Rank: 196686

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Uri Caine Orchestra   Primary Artist
Don Byron   Clarinet
Bob Stewart   Tuba
Dominic Cortese   Accordion,Vocals
Ralph Alessi   Trumpet
Sadiq Bey   Vocals
Uri Caine   Piano,Vocals
Robert DeBellis   Flute
Dave Douglas   Trumpet
Mark Feldman   Violin
James Genus   Bass
Paul Hernandez   Vocals
Ben Perowsky   Drums
Barbara Walker   Vocals
Josh Roseman   Trombone
Eddy Davis   Banjo
Nancy Anderson   Vocals
Nancy Opel   Vocals
Stuart Zagnit   Vocals

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Uri Caine   Director,Art Direction,Musical Director
Joe Ferla   Engineer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Stefan Winter   Producer
Johannes Wohlleben   Engineer
L. Wolfe Gilbert   Composer
George Norton   Composer
Edward Laska   Composer
Günter Mattei   Artwork
Rolf Bauer   Engineer
Helmut Nirk   Engineer
Lewis F. Muir   Composer
Adrian von Ripka   Engineer

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