Nightfall Quercus

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Label: ECM

Genre: Jazz

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  • 1Auld Lang Syne05:46
  • 2Once I Loved You Dear (The Irish Girl)05:43
  • 3On Berrow Sands06:32
  • 4Christchurch04:47
  • 5You Don't Know What Love Is05:03
  • 6The Manchester Angel06:44
  • 7Don't Think Twice It's Alright07:22
  • 8Emmeline04:00
  • 9The Shepherd and His Dog07:21
  • 10The Cuckoo06:38
  • 11Somewhere05:32
  • Total Runtime01:05:28

Info for Nightfall

Quercus’s self-titled ECM debut won the album-of-the-year award of the German Record Critics in 2013, was widely praised by the international press, and especially celebrated in Britain where June Tabor has long reigned as “the dark voiced queen of English folk music” (to quote The Times). Folk and jazz and chamber music become one in Quercus’s world, where recontextualizing of material is part of the process, prompting listeners to pay heightened attention even to familiar songs. Nightfall opens with the most famous of farewells in “Auld Lang Syne”, and gently breathes new life into it, leading us into a programme that includes Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice”, the jazz standard “You Don’t Know What Love Is” and the West Side Story ballad “Somewhere”, as well as original compositions by Huw Warren and Iain Ballamy and songs from British folk tradition, in stark and moving new arrangements.

“An unlikely trio, you might think, but the combination proves quite magical. Together they create a subtle new idiom.” (The Observer)

June Tabor, vocals
Iain Ballamy, tenor and soprano saxophone
Huw Warren, piano

brings together three of the UK’s most creative and original musicians to create beautiful poignant music that transcends musical genres. Drawing on each player’s repertoire of originals, timeless folk songs and reclaimed standard repertoire, the trio subtly recolour the music with their individual palettes to create exquisite acoustic chamber music.

It would be hard to put together a group which offers more heartfelt music; from June’s gripping voice and intense delivery to Iain’s gloriously mellifluous melodies and Huw’s lyrical off-kilter musicality, the trio carries the audience on a journey through tales of love and loss, bloody battles and beguiling originals.

Booklet for Nightfall

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