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Dusk & Dawn

Album Summary

>Fauré, Gabriel : Pavane, Op. 50
>Saggese, Matteo : Dark Waltz (Farinelli), song
>Bellini, Vincenzo : Norma, opera
>Kern, Jerome : Roberta
>Waits, Tom : In The Neighborhood
>Rota, Nino : La strada
>Piazzolla, Astor : Milonga del ángel, tango (from Angel series)
>Debussy, Claude : Debussy
>Carmichael, Hoagy : Skylark
>Walton, William : Henry V
>Warren, Harry : I Only Have Eyes for You
>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
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Notes & Reviews:

In its classic mixture of classical favorites and popular songs, and in its unrelenting romantic mood as well, this release by Amy Dickson is entirely typical of major-label efforts to reach Britain's large crossover market. Its lead instrument, however, is not so typical: the saxophone, although one of pop's premier instruments, is a rare find in the concert sphere. Dickson does not really attempt to exploit this tension; her classical works are all arrangements, and her pop songs, until the very lightly jazzified reading of Harry Warren's I Only Have Eyes for You (track 11), don't make use of the saxophone's jazz capabilities. Even Smoke Gets in Your Eyes is played pretty much straight. Instead, you get an unbroken series of slow tunes that, to quote the booklet's sparse text (it's mostly given over the gauzy shots of Dickson), offer "the sound of sensuality, elegance and romance." Some of them are unconventional enough to be engaging; it's undeniably fun to hear Bellini's "Casta diva" played on a saxophone. Others, notably Tom Waits' In the Neighborhood, gain nothing from being played this way. Three works on the album are famous film themes, which split the difference between the classical and pop realms and are probably the most effective works on the disc. Producer James McMillan and his minions contribute reliably lush arrangements. In general this release will appeal to crossover lovers who have enjoyed hours of consuming codes of pure romance and want more of the same; others may find it less interesting.



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Works Details

>Fauré, Gabriel : Pavane, Op. 50
  • Performers: Amy Dickson (Saxophone); James McMillan (Keyboards); James McMillan (Harmonium); Dave Cottrell (Drums); Chris Hill (Acoustic Bass Guitar); Mark Jaimes (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Chris Big Band
  • Running Time: 7 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1887

>Saggese, Matteo : Dark Waltz (Farinelli), song
  • Performers: Mark Jaimes (Guitar); Chris Hill (Acoustic Bass Guitar); Amy Dickson (Saxophone); Mark Edwards (Piano); Dave Cottrell (Drums); James McMillan (Harmonium); James McMillan (Keyboards)
  • Conductor: Chris Big Band
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Bellini, Vincenzo : Norma, opera :: Casta diva
  • Performers: Amy Dickson (Saxophone); James McMillan (Keyboards); James McMillan (Harmonium); Dave Cottrell (Drums); Mark Jaimes (Guitar); Chris Hill (Acoustic Bass Guitar)
  • Conductor: Chris Big Band
  • Running Time: 5 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1831

>Kern, Jerome : Roberta
  • Performers: James McMillan (Keyboards); James McMillan (Harmonium); Dave Cottrell (Drums); Mark Jaimes (Guitar); Amy Dickson (Saxophone); Chris Hill (Acoustic Bass Guitar)
  • Conductor: Chris Big Band
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Waits, Tom : In The Neighborhood
  • Performers: Amy Dickson (Saxophone); James McMillan (Harmonium); Dave Cottrell (Drums); Mark Jaimes (Guitar); Chris Hill (Acoustic Bass Guitar); James McMillan (Keyboards); Mark Edwards (Piano)
  • Conductor: Chris Big Band
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Rota, Nino : La strada :: Theme
  • Performers: Amy Dickson (Saxophone); James McMillan (Keyboards); James McMillan (Harmonium); Dave Cottrell (Drums); Mark Jaimes (Guitar); Chris Hill (Acoustic Bass Guitar)
  • Conductor: Chris Big Band
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1954

>Piazzolla, Astor : Milonga del ángel, tango (from Angel series)
  • Performers: David Arch (Piano); Chris Hill (Acoustic Bass Guitar); Amy Dickson (Saxophone); James McMillan (Keyboards); James McMillan (Harmonium); Dave Cottrell (Drums); Mark Jaimes (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Chris Big Band
  • Running Time: 8 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1965

>Debussy, Claude : Debussy
  • Performers: Amy Dickson (Saxophone); James McMillan (Keyboards); James McMillan (Harmonium); Dave Cottrell (Drums); Mark Jaimes (Guitar); Chris Hill (Acoustic Bass Guitar)
  • Conductor: Chris Big Band
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906-1908

>Carmichael, Hoagy : Skylark
  • Performers: Amy Dickson (Saxophone); James McMillan (Harmonium); James McMillan (Keyboards); Dave Cottrell (Drums); Mark Jaimes (Guitar); Chris Hill (Acoustic Bass Guitar)
  • Conductor: Chris Big Band
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942

>Walton, William : Henry V :: Touch Her Soft Lips and Part
  • Performers: Amy Dickson (Saxophone); James McMillan (Keyboards); James McMillan (Harmonium); Dave Cottrell (Drums); Mark Jaimes (Guitar); Chris Hill (Acoustic Bass Guitar)
  • Conductor: Chris Big Band
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1943-1944

>Warren, Harry : I Only Have Eyes for You
  • Performers: Amy Dickson (Saxophone); James McMillan (Harmonium); Mark Edwards (Piano); Dave Cottrell (Drums); Mark Jaimes (Guitar); James McMillan (Keyboards); Chris Hill (Acoustic Bass Guitar)
  • Conductor: Chris Big Band
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934

>Chopin, Frédéric : Nocturne for piano no 2 in E flat major, Op. 9/2, CT. 109
  • Performers: Martin Cousin (Piano); James McMillan (Keyboards); James McMillan (Harmonium); Dave Cottrell (Drums); Mark Jaimes (Guitar); Chris Hill (Acoustic Bass Guitar); Amy Dickson (Saxophone)
  • Conductor: Chris Big Band
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1830-1832