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Salmon Is a Jumpin' / John Salman, piano

Audio Samples

>Salmon, John : Small Diamond, for piano
>Salmon, John : Imitation Rock, for piano
>Salmon, John : Purcell's Lament, for piano
>Salmon, John : Scatitude, for piano
>Salmon, John : Mari Pino, for piano
>Salmon, John : Mambo Madness, for piano
>Salmon, John : Des Abends, for piano
>Salmon, John : Bossa Bachiana, for piano
>Salmon, John : Fughetta on Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?, for piano
>Salmon, John : Blue Noon, for piano
>Salmon, John : Congo, for piano
>Salmon, Hugh Cameron C. : Child's Evening Prayer, for piano
>Salmon, John : Very Larry, for piano
>Salmon, John : Salmon is a Jumpin', for piano

Album Summary

>Salmon, John : Small Diamond, for piano
>Salmon, John : Imitation Rock, for piano
>Salmon, John : Purcell's Lament, for piano
>Salmon, John : Scatitude, for piano
>Salmon, John : Mari Pino, for piano
>Salmon, John : Mambo Madness, for piano
>Salmon, John : Des Abends, for piano
>Salmon, John : Bossa Bachiana, for piano
>Salmon, John : Fughetta on Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?, for piano
>Salmon, John : Blue Noon, for piano
>Salmon, John : Congo, for piano
>Salmon, Hugh Cameron C. : Child's Evening Prayer, for piano
>Salmon, John : Very Larry, for piano
>Salmon, John : Salmon is a Jumpin', for piano
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

In the notes to this recording John Salmon observes that he has always been a classical and jazz pianist and that his professional life has mirrored his youthful inclinations with recitals of music from the classical canon around the globe and appearances with the jazz-faculty combo at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. This is the first recording of his own piano compositions, which are unmistakably in the jazz idiom, probably even more precisely categorized as "third stream," the style that combines jazz and classical languages. The composer/pianist says, "Salmon Is a Jumpin' would have been grammatically incorrect if referring to the fish. But as an autobiographical statement it is correct, especially when I get in a B-flat blues swinging mood."

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Organ Hall, School of Music, University of North Caroli (2009-09-20&2009-09-27&2009-).

Pianist John Salmon has long been performing both classical music and jazz, playing a wide range of the former (while also teaching as a professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro since 1989), while having recorded a number of classical and jazz compositions by Dave Brubeck. This outing is a bit different, as Salmon overdubs a second piano line and varies the amount of improvising from one track to the next, while most of the compositions are originals. The swinging opener, "Small Diamond," shows the influence of Brubeck (without being a carbon copy of the jazz master's style), incorporating a lively fugue. His bittersweet, moving ballad "Purcell's Lament" was inspired in part by an opera aria, though it adds an interesting twist with a lively salsa in the midst of the piece. One could easily imagine a scat singer conjuring a lyric to go with Salmon's brilliant, inventive "Scatitude," a buoyant work that is full of joy. "Bossa Bachiana" is a compelling blend of bossa nova and Baroque music, inviting comparisons to third stream and cool artists of the late '50s and early '60s. The sole standard is "Fughetta on Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?," an intricate series of variations on the decades-old standard. The gracious, pastoral-like hymn "Child's Evening Prayer" was written by Salmon's grandfather, Hugh C.C. Salmon, a pretty melody that is perfect for meditation, while the pianist adds an improvised section that fits perfectly, before returning to recap the theme. The wild miniature blues "Very Larry" is full of sudden twists, while the showy blues "Salmon Is a Jumpin'" sounds like a perfect set closer. Those who have heard John Salmon's earlier CDs will be delighted with Salmon Is a Jumpin', while other fans of both classical music and jazz need to investigate his entertaining music. ~ Ken Dryden



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Works Details

>Salmon, John : Small Diamond, for piano
  • Performer: John Salmon (Piano)
  • Notes: Organ Hall, School of Music, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2009-09-20&2009-09-27&2009-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.

>Salmon, John : Imitation Rock, for piano
  • Performer: John Salmon (Piano)
  • Notes: Organ Hall, School of Music, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2009-09-20&2009-09-27&2009-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.

>Salmon, John : Purcell's Lament, for piano
  • Performer: John Salmon (Piano)
  • Notes: Organ Hall, School of Music, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2009-09-20&2009-09-27&2009-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 46 sec.

>Salmon, John : Scatitude, for piano
  • Performer: John Salmon (Piano)
  • Notes: Organ Hall, School of Music, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2009-09-20&2009-09-27&2009-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.

>Salmon, John : Mari Pino, for piano
  • Performer: John Salmon (Piano)
  • Notes: Organ Hall, School of Music, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2009-09-20&2009-09-27&2009-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 8 sec.

>Salmon, John : Mambo Madness, for piano
  • Performer: John Salmon (Piano)
  • Notes: Organ Hall, School of Music, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2009-09-20&2009-09-27&2009-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.

>Salmon, John : Des Abends, for piano
  • Performer: John Salmon (Piano)
  • Notes: Organ Hall, School of Music, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2009-09-20&2009-09-27&2009-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.

>Salmon, John : Bossa Bachiana, for piano
  • Performer: John Salmon (Piano)
  • Notes: Organ Hall, School of Music, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2009-09-20&2009-09-27&2009-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.

>Salmon, John : Fughetta on Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?, for piano
  • Performer: John Salmon (Piano)
  • Notes: Organ Hall, School of Music, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2009-09-20&2009-09-27&2009-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.

>Salmon, John : Blue Noon, for piano
  • Performer: John Salmon (Piano)
  • Notes: Organ Hall, School of Music, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2009-09-20&2009-09-27&2009-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.

>Salmon, John : Congo, for piano
  • Performer: John Salmon (Piano)
  • Notes: Organ Hall, School of Music, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2009-09-20&2009-09-27&2009-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 4 sec.

>Salmon, Hugh Cameron C. : Child's Evening Prayer, for piano
  • Performer: John Salmon (Piano)
  • Notes: Organ Hall, School of Music, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2009-09-20&2009-09-27&2009-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Salmon, John : Very Larry, for piano
  • Performer: John Salmon (Piano)
  • Notes: Organ Hall, School of Music, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2009-09-20&2009-09-27&2009-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 8 sec.

>Salmon, John : Salmon is a Jumpin', for piano
  • Performer: John Salmon (Piano)
  • Notes: Organ Hall, School of Music, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2009-09-20&2009-09-27&2009-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.