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Saturday, February 15, 2014

While My Lady Sleeps - Phineas Newborn and Dennis Farnon

Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair
While My Lady Sleeps
Phineas Newborn Jr.
Dennis Farnon And His Orchestra
RCA LPM-1474
1957

This is an outstanding, if not brilliant, example of period mood music. Note in the copy below that Phineas improvised his work on this LP. Farnon offers the orchestrated foundation, that seems to pull Phineas and his "jazz riffs", time and time again back to the "theme" of the record. The two creatives never seem to fight for attention, the blend seems perfect.

From the back cover: As Dennis says: Phineas Newborn's exciting style and amazing harmonic sense can't help but thrill the layman and professional alike. In recording this album, Phineas busy working schedule prevented us from working closely together in advance, with the result that the string arrangements were completely written when Phineas arrived in Hollywood to record. I personally feel this was the best thing that could have happened, as each side of this album is complete improvisation on Phineas' part. Working with Phineas has been the most thrilling experience I have had in years.

Moonlight In Vermont
Don't You Know I Can
Lazy Mood
Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair
While My Lady Sleeps
It's Easy To Remember
Bali Ha'i
If I Should Lose You

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