Shadows and Music
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The spirit of jazz permeates these delightful and imaginative works by Robert Nelson.

A previous release on Albany TROY381 of vocal/orchestral works by Phoenix-born Robert Nelson revealed a composer with a rich, romantic style that could be compared to that of Howard Hanson or Samuel Barber. A pupil of Ingolf Dahl and Halsey Stevens, Nelson here reveals another side to his personality. Up South, suggested by both Krager and Marmolejo of the Moores School, reveals Nelson's affinity for both classical and jazz. The work is a veritable history of jazz, with each movement reflecting, respectively, the roots of jazz in the spirituals of the Old South, the Harlem Renaissance of the 1930s, and the emergence of jazz-fusion in the 1960s. The jazz spirit also imbues the duo-piano piece Impressions/Expressions. A more overtly pop sound runs through the arrangements for voice and orchestra of Creole Songs, and the final work, Shadows and Music, applies the story of the famed acting sisters Dorothy and Lillian Gish to the changes music went through during their heydays. This is a highly revealing look at a composer who came of age during the 1960s and 1970s.
Contents:
Robert Nelson, composer
Up South
Woodrow Witt, saxophone, Noe Marmolego, trumpet, Moores School of Music Jazz & Symphony Orchestra, Franz Krager, conductor

Robert Nelson, composer
Impressions/Expressions
Ruth Tomfohrde, piano, Timothy Hester, piano

Robert Nelson, composer
Creole Songs
Debria Brown, mezzo-dramatique, Moores School of Music Symphony Orchestra, Franz Krager, conductor

Robert Nelson, composer
Shados and Music
Laura Coker Llana, soprano, Catherine Nguyen, mezzo-soprano, Eden Somer, violin, Charles Tauber, piano

Review:
"Fans of American vocal repertoire and connoisseurs of film history will want to hear this." (American Record Guide)
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