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The Idea Of North
The Early Years

Sweet, Sweet Spirit
Fragile
Triste
Takes My Breath Away
Amazing Grace
Trouble
Shed A Little Light/The Gulf War Song
Sitting In Limbo
My Funny Valentine
The 23rd Psalm
You've Got What It Takes
That Lonesome Road
Just A Closer Walk With Thee
The Irish Blessing
My Foolish Heart
Straight To My Heart
It's Alright With Me
Mas Que Nada
Neat Surprise
Singin' A Cappella
Gotta Move On
Two Sides to the Story
Fragile
Abide With Me

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!

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

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