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Creole Nocturne

  • 1. Just a Little While to Stay Here
    2. Creole Nocturne
    3. Keep on Gwine
    4. When It's Sleepy Time Down South
    5. Satchmo Speaks
    6. Tishomingo Blues
    7. Ambivalence
    8. Danza
    9. Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans
    10. Waltz
    11. I Don't Want Nuthin' for Christmas
    12. Kermit's Rag
    13. Song of Bernadotte
    14. Danza de las Muecas
    15. King Porter Stomp
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 19366

  • Credits
    ProducerTom McDermott & His Jazz Hellions; Tom McDermott
    EngineerMark Bingham

    Personnel: Tom McDermott (piano); Connie Jones (vocals, trumpet, cornet); Tom McDermott & His Jazz Hellions (piano).
    Audio Mixer: Mark Bingham.
    Liner Note Authors: Tom McDermott & His Jazz Hellions; Tom Piazza.
    Recording information: 06/2007-07/2007.
    Photographers: Elaine Jones; Syndey Byrd.
    Arranger: Tom McDermott & His Jazz Hellions.
    On Creole Nocturne, pianist Tom McDermott and cornetist Connie Jones offer an intimate trip back in time when jazz was still connected to the blues. The title is a nifty twist on Chopin's E-Flat Nocturne, re-imagined here as New Orleans jazz. Even though returning to New Orleans jazz strikes a traditional chord, cornet-piano duets are hardly the norm, and Creole Nocturne thus offers a twist on both the original style and McDermott and Jones' contemporary interpretation of it. The material is a mix of McDermott originals and a handful of classic tunes, and, despite the distance in time between "When It's Sleepy Time Down South" and "Danza de las Muecas" (The Wrist Dance), the material melds together well. The pianist and cornetist also have a knack for pulling in material like Louis Moreau Gottschalk's "Danza," a piece that may have more to do with the roots of jazz than jazz itself. The inclusion of such pieces along with Jelly Roll Morton's "King Porter Stomp" creates an expansive set list. The duo only varies the program on two tracks, Spencer Williams' "Tishomingo Blues" and McDermott's "I Don't Want Nuthin' for Christmas," both which feature vocals by McDermott. McDermott and Jones offer sensitive supportive backing along with imaginative solo work, making Creole Nocturne a rich, varied recording, filled with lively performances. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.

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