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These quiet tracks on John Finbury's American Nocturnes is symbolic of the gloomy, yet hopeful time in which we live / keysandchrords

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About 4 months ago I discussed the album "Quatro" by the American composer John Finbury. John again collaborated with a number of musicians for this new album, such as pianist Tim Ray, cellist Eugene Friesen, harmonica player Roni Eytan, guitarist Claudio Ragazzi, accordionist Roberto Cassan, accordionist Vitor Gonçalves, and singer Peter Eldridge. But it is difficult to put the music in a certain category. Is it classical, is it New Age, or is it jazz? To me it sounds like chamber music with a jazzy twist. They are dreamy, romantic pieces that evoke the atmosphere of the end of the summer. As instruments I mainly hear piano and cello in the foreground, sometimes with guitar and accordion. And there has been left room for improvisation, and these quiet tracks are a soundtrack symbolic of the gloomy, yet hopeful time in which we live.   -  Patrick Van de Wiele

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