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Dreamer: Portrait of Langston Hughes

Darryl Taylor , William Warfield , Maria Corley , Erik Santos , Patricia Terry-Ross Audio CD
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listen  1. My PeopleWilliam Warfield0:25$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Heart on the Wall: HeartDarryl Taylor 1:39$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Shadow of the Blues: Shadow of the Blues: IslandMaria Corley 1:36$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The Weary BluesWilliam Warfield 2:13$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Shadow of the Blues: Shadow of the Blues: LitanyDarryl Taylor 3:31$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Songs of Separation: Songs of Separation: A Black PierrotDarryl Taylor 2:12$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Beyond the Rim of Day: Beyond the Rim of Day: March MoonDarryl Taylor 2:32$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  8. NegroWilliam Warfield 1:05$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  9. The Negro Speaks of RiversDarryl Taylor 4:31$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen10. Genius Child: My PeopleDarryl Taylor 3:35$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen11. Songs to the Dark Virgin : Song to the Dark VirginDarryl Taylor 2:14$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen12. EvilWilliam Warfield0:16$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen13. JoyDarryl Taylor0:58$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen14. Street Scene: Street Scene: Lonely HouseMaria Corley 3:54$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen15. 3 Dream Portraits: Three Dream Portraits: Minstrel ManDarryl Taylor 2:22$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen16. Sunday Morning ProphecyWilliam Warfield 1:19$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen17. Fields of Wonder: In Time of Silver Rain: Fields of Wonder: In Time of Silver RianDarryl Taylor 1:23$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen18. 4 Songs: Four Songs of Langston Hughes: Carolina CabinDarryl Taylor 1:37$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen19. Madam and the Census TakerWilliam Warfield0:55$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen20. Lovely dark and lonely one: Lovely, Dark and Lonely OneDarryl Taylor 2:10$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen21. Sylvester's Dying BedWilliam Warfield 1:20$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen22. Dreamer: Sandman / BirthErik Santos 7:05$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen23. Dreamer: Bound No'th BluesErik Santos 3:12$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen24. Dreamer: To ArtinaErik Santos 3:48$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen25. Dreamer: Down where I amErik Santos 4:00$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen26. Dreamer: The Dream Weaver / BouquetErik Santos 6:36$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen27. Still HereWilliam Warfield0:39$0.89  Buy MP3 

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  • Performer: Darryl Taylor, William Warfield, Maria Corley, Erik Santos, Patricia Terry-Ross
  • Audio CD (September 17, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos American
  • ASIN: B00006I9HH
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,445 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Eloquent, Exquisite, Exciting" August 17, 2004
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"Dreamer" is unquestionably the finest recording of original songs by black composers available today. The singing of tenor, Darryl Taylor is superb and demonstrates a vocal beauty, musicianship, and interpretive sensitivy that is rarely equaled. The selection of poems of poet laureate, Langston Hughes is first rate, and even more important, the songs themselves are original, varied and well written. I think every listener will find "Dreamer" an exciting musical experience, and I predict for Darry Taylor a distinguished career as an interpreter of art songs. For the Naxos price, buy two albums and give one to a friend!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem! October 16, 2002
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This collection is a gem! Langston Hughes was a very "musical" poet who was inspired by a variety of forms, from jazz to classical. His poetry in turn inspired a whole generation of composers, thirteen of whom are represented here in fifteen art songs. Additionally, eight Hughes poems are read by William Warfield.
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This is a fantastic collection of musical settings in the genre of jazz/blues/poetry. Langeston Hughes is without question one of the most gifted 20th century poets. His poetic works lends itself to the areas of jazz and blues as well as any artist has. He ranks for me anyway up there with the likes of Ginsberg, Kerouac, Ed Sanders and others of this genre and era for his unique contributions and trailblazing efforts in the arena of beat generation jazz, blues and poetry as a collective art form. The recitations and songs by the amazing artists on this record are simply stunning, along with the musicians/composers involved. Hughes work cuts right through the issues and moves and grooves straight to his statements. Listen to the collection titled Dreamer, music composed by Erik Santos. Other highlights for me are the Kurt Weill works Lonely House and Island, and Litany music by John Musto. Song cycles of stunning historical and artistic importance. The great tenor Darryl Taylor and the powerful recitation voice of William Warfield just take this body of work to another level. Five stars are not enough for this piece. Highly recommended. Check out my other reviews if you wish.

John W. Shearer
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