Alexander Scriabin’s Ragtime Band – David Gordon Trio

SAMCD004

TRACKS
1. Praeludium Mysterium
2. Alexander Scriabin's Ragtime Band (Irving Berlin, adapted by D. Gordon)
3. Scriabin's Depressed
4. Cakewalk (Claude Debussy, adapted by D. Gordon)
5. Prelude for Both Hands
6. Famous Etude
7. Tres Lindas Cubanas (danzón, Antonio Maria Romeu)
8. Nuances
9. Choro Mazurka
10. El Pollito (tango, Francesco Canaro)
11. Rootless Sonata
12. Improbable hip
13 .Passinha (choro, Pixinguinha)
14. River

In the centenary year of Alexander Scriabin, the great piano poet-composer and mystic, the David Gordon Trio brings together diverse musical strands from the year 1915 to create an amazing tapestry of music from the time: boogie-woogie, tango and choro rub shoulders with the eponymous rag, which gets the makeover to end all makeovers, and with interpretations of Scriabin's miniatures - his billets-doux to eternity - seen through the prism of popular music of the time. 'Tremendous musical skill at the service of powerful emotions' London Jazz News

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Dido & Aeneas – Respectable Groove

SAMCD003

TRACKS
1. Music for a While
2. Overture
3. He loves me, he loves me not...
4. Don't worry...
5. ...be happy
6. Enter the Witches
7. Hocus Pocus
8. The Furies are unleashed
9. The Perfect Couple
10. Stag Night
11. Aeneas fooled
12. Destruction's Our Delight
13. Dido wronged
14. He loves me not

In this fresh interpretation of an opera written by Henry Purcell over 300 years ago, Respectable Groove give us a portrayal of Dido & Aeneas painted in colours, atmospheres and whispers to create mysterious, joyous, grotesque and tragic entertainment.

In the words of The Times' Alyn Shipton:
'Not just a matter of adding jazz rhythms to a baroque original ... dramatic sensation, unusual atmosphere and fresh improvisation'.

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Le Tombeau d’une Tipula – Nallen & Gordon Duo

SAMCD002

TRACKS
1-3 Henk Badings - Sonata
1 Allegro
2 Adagio
3 Andante
4-9 David Gordon - Le tombeau d'une Tipula
4 dancing
5 singing
6 alarm
7 thanksgiving
8 amputation
9 ascent
10 Roxanna Panufnik - Remember
11 Nigel Butterley - The White-throated Warbler
12 Heinrich Poos - Variations on an Old English Song
13-16 Herbert Murrill - Sonata
13 Largo
14 Presto
15 Recitative
16 Finale
17-19 Carl Rütti - Sonatine
17 Allegro amabile
18 Pastorelle
19 Jig
20 Edmund Rubbra - Passacaglia sopra 'Plusieurs regrets'
21 Martin Shaw - Air & Variations
22 Alan Langford - Song

'David Gordon's taut keyboard playing is an excellent foil to Evelyn Nallen's plangent sound...a disc to alter the image of these instruments' - The Independent on Sunday

In this fresh interpretation of an opera written by Henry Purcell over 300 years ago, Respectable Groove give us a portrayal of Dido & Aeneas painted in colours, atmospheres and whispers to create mysterious, joyous, grotesque and tragic entertainment.

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Mysterious Barracudas – Respectable Groove

SAMCD001

TRACKS
1. La Rotta della Manfredina
2. Trotto
3. Loose Connections (John McSherry)
4. Les Baricades Misterieuses/Mysterious Barracudas (F.Couperin / David Gordon)
5. Mike's Tune
6. Mister Sam (David Gordon)
7. Strange Bird of Paradise (David Gordon, after Borodin)
8. April Fool
9. Achavari Waltz (Kathryn Tickell)
10. Chorinho (Lyle Mays)
11. Henderson the Rain King (Richard Jeffries)
12. April 3rd (Donal Lunny)
13. Drink to me only with thine eyes (trad.)

Evelyn Nallen 'pushes the supposed technical and timbral limitations of the instrument to spine-tingling extremes, with noises that conjure up both birdsong and wing-fluttering. She can swing, and she can play a simple tune sweetly, with little embellishment.' - The Guardian

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Tell-Tale Ducks – Respectable Groove

TRACKS
1. Tell-Tale Ducks
2. In No Mood
3. Air
4. No Calypso
5. The Rocky Road to Dublin
6. She Moves Through the Fair
7. Think of Other Things
8. Local Aesthetic
9. Folia and Friends
10. Lucky with the Weather

David Gordon has been making heads turn for a while now as a harpsichordist of great invention. It is testament to him and recorder player Evelyn Nallen to have created this excellent quartet which also includes Richard Jefferies on double bass and percussionist Ichiro Tatsuhara (one of a few japanese bodhran players). Their sound brings in classical, irish traditional, samba and minimalist jazz and the end result is something not to be missed.

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