Azimuth) plus her duo work with her former husband Taylor as well as with Fred Hersch.
The program concludes with Towner's "Celeste" (first recorded by the composer with Kenny Wheeler, pictured above with Ms. Winstone and Mr. Taylor). It's another ballad with an emotionally rich vocal; the way Ms. Winstone gives each word its own weight and importance is stunning, especially near the close of the song when the duo raises the intensity only to bring the piece to a close with a gentle line "....it's so good to be home." And, you believe it.
Despite the fact that "In Concert" was recorded in 1988, this music and the performance is timeless. Norma Winstone (MBE) & John Taylor make these songs come alive, each piece a world unto itself yet part of the whole. Take your time to savor this experience – it is well worth your time!
For more information, go to www.normawinstone.com.
Here's the opening track (music by Maestro Bernstein with lyrics by Betty Comden & Adolph Green, from "On The Town"):
"Alone Together" may not be very long – barely 39 minutes – but there's so much to absorb that you'll return time and again. The program serves as a reminder of just how creative both Jay Clayton and Jerry Granelli can be. It would be quite a treat to see and hear them in person inhabiting an intimate stage as their music caresses and plays with one's soul.
For more information, go to jayclayton.com (a site in need of updating) and to www.jerrygranelli.com.
Here's the opening track - the album will be released on 1/31/2020:
"Windowsill" is a fascinating journey, adult music that makes one sit up and listen. As much as one would love it, we all have troubles and desires – Lauren Lee approaches life as the opportunity to learn every day, creating music that stands out for its honesty and sonic clarity. Do check it out!
For more information, go to www.laurenleejazz.com.
Here's the afore-mentioned "Get Off Me":