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This compelling original collection of 5 songs entitled "A Jazz Noir" includes the beautifully haunting tracks of “Miss Nina Simone” and “The Stranger”, to the unique transformation of Brubeck’s “Take Five” into his own “Take Five (Shades of Love)”, into the delicate dark sonnet of “Lovers Trance”, through to the swingin’ gypsy jazz groove of “Mad Affair”. Listen Here

Niles Thomas - A Jazz Noir

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  • After a 6 year contract under the EMI & Warner Music umbrellas, Niles took a 4 year sabbatical and has returned with a compelling original collection of 5 new songs entitled "A Jazz Noir" under the independent label, Cappello Records. We now get to hear the first new fruits of his labor, from the beautifully haunting tracks of “Miss Nina Simone” and “The Stranger”, to the unique transformation of Brubeck’s “Take Five” into his own “Take Five (Shades of Love)”, into the delicate dark sonnet of “Lovers Trance”, through to the swingin’ gypsy jazz groove of “Mad Affair”.

     

    A Jazz Noir includes a cast of key musical collaborators and special guests including trumpeter Bijon Watson (Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Diana Krall, Michael Bublé, Natalie Cole), trombonist Juliane Gralle (Diana Krall, Kurt Elling, Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra), bassist Jonathan Ahrens (Christina Aguilera, Dave Liebman, Jewel) to name a few.

     

    “It was important for me to surround myself with my friends whom I trust and have a true understanding of my musical vision”, Niles explains. “I wanted this record to be honest, raw, and a bit under-produced, including the occasional de-tuned horn to simple human mistakes while playing. As Miles Davis stated... 'Do not fear mistakes. There are none'.

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