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Wordless Rhymes

by Dave Nachmanoff

Instrumental interpretations of Al Stewart's songs.
Genre: World: World Fusion
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1. Sand In Your Shoes
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2. Flying Sorcery
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3. Merlin's Time
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4. Soho, Needless To Say
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5. In Brooklyn
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6. Red Toupee
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7. Timeless Skies
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8. Antarctica
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9. Carol
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10. Girl On A Bicycle
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11. Year Of The Cat
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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As a teenager, I was a big fan of Al Stewart, the king of historical folk-rock. After learning many of his songs, I met his long-time collaborator and guitarist, Peter White, in 1984. In 1994, after a show in San Francisco, I got the nerve up to ask Peter if he'd jam with me. That fateful night led to an audition at Al's home. Ten years later, I found myself touring the US and the UK as Al's sideman - truly a dream come true.

People have been requesting that I do an instrumental CD for years, and I wanted to pay tribute to a man who has greatly influenced my songwriting and guitar style. This led to a recording of instrumental versions of Al Stewart's songs. Al was supportive of the idea; his only request being that I rearrange the songs as much as possible, which I've done on most tracks. If you've never heard the original versions of these songs with lyrics, you must try to do so!


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Jeff H.

Acoustic Sorcery - Nice Tribute To Al!
A must for all Al Stewart fans. Dave's arrangements of Al's songs are fresh and innovative. A Brazilian feel on Flying Sorcery, a snipet of Jazz on Soho Needless to Say, and a touch of Klezmmer on Carol. Al asked Dave to rearrange the songs as much as possible and I believe he has done a great job! It is worth it for the Girl on a Bicyle composed by Al and Dave.

Jim Maguire

Fabulous new arrangements of great classics.
Awesome guitar work on very refreshing arrangements of some of Al Stewarts best. It's like having eleven new favorite Al Stewart songs to listen to.

Bob Baker

Sincerity, creative interpretation and virtuosity blended
Fans and even casual listeners of Al Stewart -as well as anyone who appreciates top-notch musicianship, creative arrangements and fine production- will enjoy this one again and again. Because it's so dynamic (from Dave's Django-flavored take on "Soho [Needless to Say]" of the mid-seventies (ironically and delightfully reminiscent of Al's mid-nineties' swing endeavor with this arrangement) to the reggae and psuedo-psychedelic teasers of "Red Toupee" and "Antarctica"), "Wordless Rhymes" draws from a vast landscape of textures, voicings and moods. Even if “Year of the Cat” were the only Al Stewart song with which I was familiar, Dave’s instrumental take on it alone would find me clamoring to hear the other originals for comparison to Dave’s arrangements. Dave is among the more recent of the significant legacy of noteworthy Al Stewart sidekicks spanning nearly four decades (Jimmy Page, Rick Wakeman, Peter White, Laurence Juber, Paul Robinson and many more). His many talents, including that of first-rate soloist, shine each time he accompanies Al on stage. With "Wordless Rhymes," Dave Nachmanoff pays a first-class and most audible tribute to one of the finer, if under-recognized, songwriters and storytellers recorded. With it, Dave stokes his own growing catalog with another gem. Personal favorite: “In Brooklyn”.

Dave Schofield

What a gem!
Superb adaptation of (mostly) Al's songs. By working with Al, Dave seems to deeply understand Al's music and presents a new and fresh perspective to each one performed on the album. More of these please Dave!

Ernest Sears

Wordless Rhymes
We saw Dave with Al Stewart at the Mucky Duck in Houston...and he was outstanding...not just his playing but his spirit was a great combination with Al...I bought the CD online and it's one of my favorites. I wish he'd do more instrumentals.

Ken Swope

Some interesting new takes on classic songs
This was a fun listen the first time through and I continue to hear new things every time I listen to the CD. As a long time (25+ years) fan of Al Stewart, I was surprised that some of the songs were scarcely recognizable at first. This made it all the more fun to listen to. I think fans of both Dave & Al will enjoy this offering.

Miguel C.

Excellent!
Great new versions of Al Stewart classics! I look forward to seeing Dave perform along with Al, live this week in Melbourne, FL!

Bryan Boyne

Outstanding!
I've been a fan of Al Stewart's music since he first came to Houston in the 1970's. I first heard Dave a few weeks back as he accompanied Al at a small intimate venue here- a very nice show. This cd is excellent in it's own right, and my familiarity and fondness of the original songs makes it ring a special chord with me. Dave's musicianship is excellent and his inventive adaptations are interesting and joyful. I'll eagerly await the next one- there are too many great Al Stewart tunes for this not to be just the first in a series!!!

Dieter Merten

very good interpretations
I know the songs of Al Stewart for about 30 years.
So I was very surprised to listen to the new interpretations from Dave. They are excellent and this cd is one of my favorites.

Thomas W

Very good live performer
I haven't actually heard the album of these remixed songs, but I'm sure it's a worthwhile purchase.
Having seen Dave and Al together in Germany recently (Nov. 2006) I can say that Dave brings energy and expertise to the reproduction of Al's songs.
They put on a fine show which was well-received by the hundred or so people in the small venue.
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