Kevin Hays
North
SSC1464
2016-08-05
North  by Kevin  Hays cover

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Scrapple From The Apple - 3:56
Elegia - 7:49
Violetta - 6:50
Schumann\'s Chamisso - 7:32
Sweet Caroline - 5:47
Where Did You Sleep Last Night - 6:24
All Things Are - 5:38
North - 5:50
I\'ll Remember April - 7:46
Morning - 4:44

 

Musicians:
Kevin Hays - piano
Rob Jost - bass & ukulele
Greg Joseph - drums

Having lived in the Sugar Hill neighborhood of Harlem for five years, pianist Kevin Hays couldnít escape the vibrations of the historic neighborhood. He was reminded of the deep musical history of Harlem when he photographed a wall that was uncovered in the midst of the Cityís continuous redevelopment. The wall was festooned with concert posters from decades past, an image Hays interpolated for the cover of his new recording, North. In New York City, Harlem is considered North. Hays isnít the only pianist to find a special meaning in the top of the compass. Glenn Gould made a well-known documentary about the tundra of Canada and his fascination with it in the late 1960s entitled The Idea of North. There is something in these latitudes that Hays finds compelling, not only for historical reasons, but for emotional and spiritual reasons, as well. Hays relates a feeling of calm that came from his prior residence in Upstate New York, a place of beauty and repose;† the album title also references finding oneís true North on oneís spiritual compass.

 

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