Artist: Nicholas Phillips Title Of Album: American Vernacular: New Music for Solo Piano Year Of Release: 2014 Label: New Focus Recordings Genre: Contemporary Classical Quality: FLAC (image+.cue,scans) Bitrate: Lossless Total Time: 76:50 Total Size: 275 MB
Tracklist: 01. I. Buenas Noches, Buenas Aires: hommage a Alberto Ginastera [0:03:24.50] 02. II. Stella by Sunlight: hommage a Billie Holiday [0:02:50.49] 03. III. Stakes Is Higher: hommage a Ahmad Jamal and De La Soul [0:04:01.64] 04. Occidental Psalmody [0:08:34.56] 05. On the Drawing of Constellations [0:06:49.66] 06. Bill-ytude [0:04:47.74] 07. Piano Miniature # 10 "Liberace" [0:01:11.64] 08. Piano Miniature #12 [0:03:27.72] 09. Piano Miniature #13 "America never was America to me" [0:03:51.35] 10. Beloved [0:05:41.71] 11. Back Porch Requiem for John Fahey [0:07:58.62] 12. Playin' and Prayin' [0:06:42.64] 13. A Southern Prelude [0:07:04.18] 14. I. Superfractalistic [0:02:57.18] 15. II. Growing Season Blues [0:04:15.02] 16. III. Ecoutez et Repetez [0:03:07.43] The spiritual sublime is surprisingly close at hand in these pieces, the way that a motel room off the interstate keeps a Bible in the bedside table. Occidental Psalmody by Ethan Wickman and On the Drawing of Constellations by Ben Hjertmann both gaze heavenward for inspiration, while Luke Gullickson's Back Porch Requiem for John Fahey, a standout track, translates the titular guitarist's legendary fingerpicking style of American guitar playing into virtuosic pianism.But if Gullickson transforms Fahey's loping and amiable arpeggios into something a little showier, Phillips achieves the opposite with these endearingly modest interpretations. Some of the pieces in this program must be devilishly hard to play, but he'd much rather we notice the charm of the studies on "American Vernacular" than their difficulty.
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