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Songs We Heard

Artist: Dominic Alldis

Date of Release: 28/09/2009

Catalogue no: CANZCD6

Label: Canzona Music

Price: £12

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Track Listing

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Title

Duration

1

 

Rock-a-bye Baby

2

 

London Bridge is Falling Down

3

 

Girls and Boys Come Out To Play

4

 

Three Blind Mice

5

 

Old King Cole

6

 

I Saw Three Ships

7

 

Sunday's Child (original)

8

 

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

9

 

Alouette

10

 

Oranges and Lemons

11

 

Hush, Little Baby

12

 

First Steps (original)

13

 

Frère Jacques

14

 

Cradle Song

15

 

Wakyumwa Katambanga

16

 

Edo Lullaby

17

 

Awakening (original)

18

 

Little Swallow

19

 

The Grand Old Duke of York

 

 

 

 

Appearances by

Stephen Keogh

Is there a musical tradition as timeless or as universal as the singing of nursery rhymes and lullabies to children? These songs have provided many generations with their first experience of music and continue to enjoy the same popularity today.

When considering new repertoire for my jazz piano trio, it occurred to me that such well-known themes could also provide a rich source of musical inspiration; their melodic simplicity and harmonic clarity make them ideal material for improvisation. And so the idea for ‘Songs We Heard’ was born.

The album features many nursery rhymes well-loved in the English speaking world, including favourites such as ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’ and ‘Three Blind Mice’, as well as the French songs ‘Alouette’ and ‘Frère Jacques’. Often these melodies are also known across other cultures, but set to different words. My research into international songs for children also led me to uncover several unfamiliar musical gems: ‘Cradle Song’ from Sweden, ‘Little Swallow’ from China, ‘Edo Lullaby’ from Japan and ‘Wakyumwa Katambanga’ from Kenya. Three original themes inspired by reminiscences of my own childhood complete the set.

 

Reviews

 

10/08/0009 Philip Clark

"These relics plucked from childhood are like slices of Proustian madeleine cake that unlock wistful memories and associations..."

Philip Clark

 

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