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Published on Aug 14, 2009
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Nathan Granner - Wee Small Hours - arranged by Jeffrey Rukaman Post-Modern Variations on the Iconic Smash 1955 Frank Sinatra Album, "IN the Wee Small Hours of the Morning"
a Rogers and Hart tune, Sinatra and Nelson Riddle took this and fifteen other American Classics and made basically the first Concept album. That record, which is one of the Billboard top 100 records of all time (more than 1000 new albums come out a month right now) was made when he and Ava Gardner split up, or rather, when Ava left him.
Today the album is still a haunting treatise on love and I was obsessed with performing the thing, but not to be a copy-cat, I found composer / arranger Jeffrey Rukaman to take the place of Nelson Riddle. As you can hear, this is no 50's tribute, but we keep true to the piece itself, in that this and the rest of the pieces in this work are American Classics, this music while retaining it's core structure, is infinite in the way musicians have interpreted them over the decades.
This is why American Standards will never die, they are always fresh and though invoking a certain past, should also inspire toward the future.
Both Jeffrey and I have done our fair share of both new work and works that were written more than a thousand years ago *In fact, we are preparing a new opera to be finished and performed in 2012* but it is so cool to be working and living in a project where the music has surrounded us all of our lives. To make a contribution to that history is awesome and humbling.