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SKYLARK

Written in 1941 during WW2, this is one of Hoagy Carmichael's loveliest creations, with lyrics to match by Johnny Mercer. Wikipedia states that "..the yearning expressed in the lyrics is based on Mercer's longing for Judy Garland, with whom he had an affair." Over the years, many famous vocalists have recorded the song including, K D Lang, Tony Bennet, Linda Ronstadt, Bob Dylan, Matt Monro and Aretha Franklin. It's also become a jazz standard, with versions by Art Blakey, Erroll Garner, Ella Fitzgerald, Earl Hines, Dexter Gordon and many more.

Vocal - Shamus Dark

Piano & keyboards - Rick Laughlin

Guitar & backing vocals - Paul Harvey

Saxophone - Sean Freeman

Bass - Paul Carmichael

Drums - Marc Parnell

PRODUCED by Marco Perry and Paul Harvey Video devised and photographed by David Whitney

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STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT

SINGLE DUE FOR RELEASE EARLY 2021

A very different version of a song made famous by Frank Sinatra way back in the 1960's.

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 THE END OF A LOVE AFFAIR

Written by Edward C Redding in 1951, this is another American Songbook standard recorded by vocalists and jazz artists too numerous to mention. My favourite version is by Billie Holiday, who included it on a brilliant album 'Lady In Satin', recorded late in her career. Here then is a 21st century take on the song with hip-hop beats and taken from the album 'Songs For Suicidal Lovers', available at Apple Music, Spotify and all good internet download and streaming services. 

Filmed on the waterfront, Hoboken NJ and at Caffe Reggio, Macdougal Street, Greenwich Village NYC. 

Arranged and Produced by Pete Millward

Trumpet by Michael Kurtz

NIGHT AND DAY 

This video features one of Cole Porter's most famous songs, first published in 1932. There are hundreds of versions out there, including recordings by Frank Sinatra, U2, The Temptations, Ringo Starr, Everything But The Girl and Bing Crosby. After viewing, a friend posed the question "yes, OK, but what does the video have to do with the song?" I have to confess that I was unable to come up with an answer. All I can say is that it's noir-ish, WW2-ish and trip-hoppy-ish. So shoot me!

From the 2019 album 'Through A Glass Darkly'

Arranged and Produced by Pete Millward

Mute trumpet by Michael Kurtz

 

ALL OR NOTHING AT ALL

Here's another of those largely forgotten songs from the 1930's, kept alive mostly by jazz musicians in the 21st century. It was written in 1939 by Arthur Altman, with lyrics by Jack Lawrence and recorded as a single that year by Frank Sinatra, with Harry James and his orchestra. During the big band and swing era, there were versions by Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald and the song was featured as an instrumental by John Coltrane on his 1962 album 'Ballads'. Here then is a version for the 21st century, arranged and produced in Hong Kong by Pete Millward and featuring the wonderfully atmospheric guitar of Adrian Sledmere. This track is taken from the album, 'Through A Glass Darkly' and is available worldwide at all good download and streaming sites.

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THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY

"Dark's vocals are smooth and measured: the added element of fragility that was noticeable on Trouble In Paradise is often apparent and adds another emotional level to his interpretations of these often melancholy and downbeat lyrics."      Bruce Lindsay - All About Jazz

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