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Idea Of North: The Early Years

Song NameComposerArranger
Sweet, Sweet Spirit Idea Of North
FragileStingIdea Of North
TristeAndrew Piper
Takes My Breath AwayAndrew Piper
Amazing GraceAndrew Piper
Trouble Idea Of North
Shed A Little Light/The Gulf War SongIdea Of North
Sitting In LimboIdea Of North
My Funny ValentineRichard Rodgers / Lorenz Hart / Kirby Shaw
The 23rd PsalmBobby McFerrin
You've Got What It TakesIdea Of North
That Lonesome RoadJames TaylorIdea Of North
Just A Closer Walk With TheeIdea Of North
The Irish BlessingIdea Of North
My Foolish HeartAndrew Piper
Straight To My HeartAndrew Piper
It's Alright With MeJames Morrison
Mas Que NadaAndrew Piper
Neat SurpriseTrish Delaney-Brown
Singin' A CappellaAndrew Piper
Gotta Move OnTrish Delaney-Brown
Two Sides to the StoryAndrew Piper
FragileStingIdea of North
Abide With MeJudy Bailey

A four piece mixed group from Australia, "The Idea of North" has compiled an eclectic mix of songs, performed and arranged in an accessible contemporary jazz style. About half are accompanied; the melody line on "My Funny Valentine" is played by a flugelhorn, and there is bass and percussion on several other songs (bassist Duncan Brown plays in the snappin' and poppin' style of the "Seinfeld" theme). "The 23rd Psalm" (arranged by McFerrin) and "Irish Blessing" reveals a traditional side, and "Just a Closer Walk With Thee" has a gospel inflection and ragtime vocal horn solo. James Taylor's "Shed a Little Light" and "That Lonesome Road" are included, as is Harry Connick's "Trouble." This is a "crossover" record: it could qualify in either the contemporary or jazz categories. The second CD.has guest artists, James Morrison on Trombone on "Mas Que Nada," and "Fragile," the only two very lightly accompanied songs. This is an impressive, confident CD, reminiscent of the Real Group, and all the tunes are so beautifully arranged, selected and performed, it's hard to pick favorites - so we just sat back and enjoyed the sweet jazzy ride. The full color, beautifully photographed liner notes are a perfect complement to the music. Recommended!

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Harmony Sweepstakes National Champions 2003

Item code: 2478C | 2 CDs | $16.95 |add item to cart
Contemporary  | A Cappella | Mixed | Australia
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