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Sound Ideas #37 - Nocturnal Thoughts
Welcome to an hour of nocturnal thoughts and themes. Thanks for checking us out.
Artist Track Album
Jeremy Pelt Dream Catcher November
Michele Hendricks Dream a Little Dream of Me Carryin' on
Sonny Clark Deep Night Cool Struttin'
Jane Monheit So Many Stars Surrender
Quincy Jones The Midnight Sun Will Never Set Compact Jazz
Al Collins Little Red Riding Hood A Lovely Bunch of Al Jazzbo Collins and His Banditos
Stan Kenton Moon Song The Ballad Style of Stan Kention
Mose Allison Trouble in Mind Local Colors
Artie Shaw Nightmare Jazz Collector's Edition
Oscar Peterson I Couldn't Sleep a Wink Last Night Best of the Verve Songbook
Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis Nightlife Two Men with the Blues

The twilight and night are more than just the end of daylight, they have a mood, feeling, and soul to them that is different from the "productive" daylight hours. The ritual of passing from the end of one day to another lends a time of reflection and relaxation both mentally and physically. The night is the time of dreams, reflection, and even nightmares as the mind sorts out the day's learning in preparation for a new day and its opportunities.

Jeremy shares his musical dreams with us and then we continue with a second set starting with Michele's day dreaming shifting into night dreaming, Sonny's drive deep into the night, and Jane filling out the darkened night sky with so many stars and vocal winds of listening pleasure. Each provides a texture that is different but uniquely that of which the pre-nocturnal and night hours.

Quincy and Stan sooth our evening solace with a couple lush orchestrations sandwiching a familiar bed time story from Uncle Jazzbo. And our next set features the straight talking Mose doing no talking at all, but instead blowing the valves for us.  The trio of mental uncertainty and resulting insomnia from Mose, Artie, and Oscar remind us that sometimes the night can be unsettling too.

Closing out our hour Willie and Wynton ponder the night life and all its perfection and flaws, but most importantly, its certainty, and all that one can do in the darkened hours of the day.