NIGHTFALL by QUERCUS Release date: 28.04.2017 ECM 2522

NIGHTFALL by QUERCUS

Release date: 28.04.2017
ECM 2522

An album of spine-tingling conviction
— The Irish Times *****
The sparkling stillness of this nocturnal set is uplifting
— The Times ****
Another Quercus set with not a sound out of place, but a wealth of quiet surprises just the same.
— The Guardian ****
 

Nightfall by Quercus

ECM 2522    28.04.2017

June Tabor - voice
Iain Ballamy - tenor & soprano saxophones
Huw Warren - piano

Quercus’s self-titled ECM debut won the album-of-the-year award of the German Record Critics in 2013, was widely praised by the international press, and especially celebrated in Britain where June Tabor has long reigned as “the dark voiced queen of English folk music” (to quote The Times).  Folk and jazz and chamber music become one in Quercus’s world, where recontextualizing of material is part of the process, prompting listeners to pay heightened attention even to familiar songs.  Nightfall opens with the most famous of farewells in “Auld Lang Syne”, and gently breathes new life into it, leading us into a programme that includes Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice”, the jazz standard “You Don’t Know What Love Is” and the West Side Story ballad “Somewhere”, as well as original compositions by Huw Warren and Iain Ballamy and songs from British folk tradition, in stark and moving new arrangements.      

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Track List
1. AULD LANG SYNE
(Traditional)
05:46
2. ONCE I LOVED YOU DEAR (THE IRISH GIRL)
(Traditional)
05:43
3. ON BERROW SANDS
(Traditional)
06:32
4. CHRISTCHURCH
(Huw Warren)
04:47
5. YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT LOVE IS
(Don Raye, Gene De Paul)
05:03
6. THE MANCHESTER ANGEL
(Traditional)
06:44
7. DON'T THINK TWICE IT'S ALRIGHT
(Bob Dylan)
07:22
8. EMMELINE
(Iain Ballamy)
04:00
9. THE SHEPHERD AND HIS DOG
(Traditional)
07:21
10. THE CUCKOO
(Traditional)
06:38
11. SOMEWHERE
(Leonard Bernstein)
05:32

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...taking songs that have stood the test of time... and stripping them back to their essential truth.
— The Irish Times *****