Night

March 19, 2013 | Format: MP3

$10.99
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 15, 2013
  • Release Date: March 19, 2013
  • Label: Sony Classical
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  • Total Length: 50:58
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  • ASIN: B00BPP2QEW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,413 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By John Kwok HALL OF FAME on March 19, 2013
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"Night" is a remarkable achievement from a most unlikely pair of friends, Julliard-trained classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein and alt country singer-songwriter Tift Merritt. It is an album replete with songs of "solemn intimacy", to quote a National Public Radio commentator, which invite the listener to listen further, as though these were performed live in the sanctuary of the listener's own room; a musical dialogue between two close friends whose musical roots stretch from American bluegrass, folk and country music (Merritt) to folk and classical music (Dinnerstein). Opening with a song composed and sung by singer Tift Merritt on guitar, a lament about the meaning of songs ("Only in Songs"), with Simone Dinnerstein joining towards the end, "Night" segues almost instantaneously into a Schubert lied ("Night and Dreams") sung in English by Merritt, with a brief interlude by her on harmonica that is an unorthodox, yet surprisingly appropriate, addition, with Dinnerstein a most sympathetic accompanist. Merritt doesn't try changing her style of singing from song to song, whether it is her own country music compositions, jazz, folk and rock songs or the Schubert lied, sounding as though she could be Edith Piaf - if Piaf had sung in English - in a soft voice pregnant with despair and longing, especially on the songs "Night and Dreams", "Don't Explain", "Dido's Lament", "I Shall Weep At Night" (composed for this album by Brad Mehldau), "Wayfaring Stranger", "I Will Give My Love An Apple", and "Night" (composed for this album by Patty Griffin). Merritt's singing will not only remind knowledgeable listeners of Edith Piaf, but also, Suzanne Vega too; the latter especially on "Night".Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Ward on March 25, 2013
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I have been a Simone Dinnerstein fan ever since she came out with her Berlin concert. This one did not disappoint me either. I don't buy as many CD,s anymore since the arrival of specialized Internet radios,but this one will always remain in my special collection. She has a most unusual clarity and depth of interpretation, refreshing!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Erik North on April 14, 2013
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Even though the music-buying public often seems to be drowning in a sea of "American Idol"/"The Voice"/"America's Got Talent" contestants, and the usual showboating divas of the Whitney Houston/Mariah Carey stripe, it is good to know that there are singers these days who choose heart and subtlety over volume and melisma. One of them is Tift Merritt, who, even without the benefit of major radio airplay, has had a solid eleven-year career so far of combining contemporary Americana songwriting with the old-school country-rock of her heroes Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris. And knowing that Linda and Emmy have had a history of collaborating with others, Tift does the same on NIGHT, here working with the classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein.

This is about as minimalist a recording as I've heard in ages, as it is just the two women from different musical styles bringing those styles to bear here. Simone is very graceful at the piano, and Tift is, of course, plugging away mostly on acoustic rhythm guitar, and, occasionally, harmonica. The musical palette on display is exceptionally brilliant, ranging from the works of Franz Schubert ("Night And Dreams"), Henry Purcell ("Dido's Lament") and J.S. Bach ("Prelude In B Minor") to more contemporary adaptations of Johnny Nash's 1972 hit "I Can See Clearly Now", Patti Griffin's "Night", and a couple of Tift's songs ("Feel Of The World"; "Still Not Home"), plus traditional American folk ballads like "Wayfaring Stranger" and "I Will Give My Love An Apple." But perhaps the most unusual turn is Simone's performance of "The Cohen Variations", adapted by Daniel Felsenfeld from the legendary Canadian folk songwriter Leonard Cohen's 1965 ballad "Suzanne" (made famous by Judy Collins).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Booth on March 30, 2013
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This is a superb effort from two talented musicians. My highest recommendation. Tiff's voice is amazing and the songs are hauntingly spars, yet so beautiful. I look forward to another collaboration from these two...
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Kornbluth TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 19, 2013
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When I first met Tift Merritt, I thought she was the girl next door.

I said as much: "You seem like such a... oh... little sister... a nice kid. Can you rip it up?"

She took my head off: "Hey, I don't do this job because I'm s***** at it."

No fooling. 'Another Country' and 'Traveling Alone' may sound, on first hearing, like CDs built for listener comfort, but if you listen more closely, you discover how she subverts the conventions of the female singer-songwriter who's blessed with a sweet voice.

So it surprises me not at all that Tift Merritt has teamed up with Simone Dinnerstein, the classical pianist who recorded Bach's Goldberg Variations, received over-the-moon reviews and became the concert hall equivalent of a rock star.

Their collaboration is called "Night," named for a Patty Griffin song on the CD but also for the time of day when our hearing is most acute, when we are most open to culture that's... different. Make no mistake: this is an art record. They wouldn't mind a commercial success, but they're not courting it. "Night" is a ferociously ambitious CD, and the proof is not just in the grooves, but in a telephone conversation.

Like this...

Jesse: How did this collaboration come to be?

Tift: I interviewed Simone for my radio show, The Spark, on Marfa, Texas Public Radio. And Gramophone Magazine asked me to interview her --- they wanted someone outside of classical music. We started going to each other's concerts. We became friends. Then Simone said, `We need to collaborate.'

Jesse: And you said?

Tift: `No. So much could go wrong.'

Jesse: What changed your mind?

Tift: I surrendered when Duke University gave us the time and means to put a concert together.
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