Gordon Webster | Blues Till Dawn

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Blues Till Dawn

by Gordon Webster

Bluesy jazz; It's well after midnight and you want to slow things down. Create the perfect mood with this collection of soulful piano playing, singing and trombone playing.
Genre: Jazz: Piano Jazz
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1. Don't Go to Strangers
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2. The Very Thought of You
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3. Mo' Better Blues
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4. Gee Baby Ain't I Good to You
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5. Georgia On My Mind
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6. When Did You Leave Heaven?
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7. Things Ain't What They Used to Be
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8. What the World Needs Now
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9. Makin' Whoopie
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10. Just Squeeze Me
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11. Girl From Ipanema
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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It's well after midnight and you want to slow things down. Create the perfect mood with this collection of soulful piano playing, singing and trombone playing. Featuring special guests: amazing singer Brianna Thomas, and trombonist extraordinaire Roland Barber. Whether you're dancing or just listening, this album is guaranteed to put you in a perfect late night groove.

Pianist Gordon Webster is one of the most sought after musicians in the lindy hop world. His tremendous musicianship and passion, supported by his first-hand knowledge of social dancing, have inspired lindy hoppers at hundreds of dance events worldwide. Drawing on influences as diverse as Fats Waller, Count Basie, Oscar Peterson and Gene Harris, Webster serves up a smorgasbord of styles unified by one characteristic: irresistible danceability. Blues Till Dawn is a collection of slow, bluesy jazz tracks influenced by the sultry atmosphere of a late night dancing event in the lindy hop/blues scene.

Here's what dancers are saying about Gordon Webster:

"...an extremely rare combination of eloquence, passion, and accessibility - like a shot of something pure that goes straight to the head and heart."
--Elizabeth Miller, dance instructor, event promoter
Boston, MA

"Gordon plays every note like it's the last note he's going to play in his entire life."
--Steven Mitchell, worldwide lindy hop instructor

"Gord's very well musically educated, and it's evident. However, it's HOW he plays that makes the biggest impact - his soul wells up in his hands and either flows or explodes out through his fingers and into the keys. He's incredibly moving. Incredibly."
--Michelle Long, dancer
Rochester, NY


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Billy Bakelite

Just keeps getting better with each listen
What is so wondrous about this CD is the orchestration and musical phrasing; how, at times, the slightest breath of a trombone can lay so simply yet eloquently between the vocals and the piano. Each listen provides a bit deeper appreciation for this incredible integration of musicians who are each stellar on their own, but even better being so completely in synch.

A real gem.

James E. Jer-Don

Awesome!
This is the best version of "Georgia on My Mind" I have heard since ray Charles did it. great disc. You won't regret this purchase.

vandereycken Johan


De Cd verveelt nooit,mooie afwisseling -musikaal/vocaal.

Tamara Turner, CD Baby


Few vocalists can transfix their listeners in such a way to render them speechless. In the same vein as Ella and Billie, Brianna Thomas ties the tongue with so much genius in her musicality, that to analyze her approach, to try and capture her presence through words would be futile and bordering on irrelevant. But what may not be as obvious to the listener right off the bat is that of equal elegance and moving artistry: the piano playing of Gordon Webster. Here is a man whose phrases rise up to meet his singer in what is no less than divine conversation: two musical voices, as fluid as smoke rising in the corner of a NY jazz club. Thomas’s brilliance as a deeply feeling vocalist is markedly highlighted by the unusual, emotionally-rich voice that Gordon draws out of the keyboard. He plays the keys as if he were playing a stringed instrument; he’s able to pull out long, supple lines that grow and soar in connected waves. He’s one of the few players who can lift the piano out of the percussion section (with its hammers) and resurrects it in the name of the strings it holds inside, strings that could be bowed if the right player could hear it in his mind’s eye. That player is Webster. This is three-dimensional jazz at its fullest: jazz that shrugs off its own skin simply because its emotional impact is beyond cognitive understanding. When Gordon plays solo, backed by his combo, it’s no different: the music is far beyond being about the notes and rather, simply begins with the story, the emotion, the pure experience.

Julia Boma-Fischer

Yummy
Great slow stuff: every track on this CD is moving. The spaces between the notes are just as good as the notes themselves.

Nathan Stewart

WOW
I found this album on my first trip to CD BABY. It is a wonderful piece of work showcasing a very entertaining pianist and featuring Brianna Thomes. I suspect that Ms Thomas will be a really big star in music... The inclusion of the trombone came as a surprise... a very pleasant surprise. Mr. Webster's piano is a thing of beauty. I loved the balance in each piece. Nothing overdone...everthing played allowing the music to rule. I will be looking for new albums by Mr Webster and will patiently wait 'til Ms Thomas hits the big time. I hope it won't take long for either event to occur.

ruth de silva

blues till dawn
i am captivated and transfixed whenever i put this cd on, the world stops and i am transported by the music. stunning arrangements and fantastic musicianship. highly recommend this gem of a cd