Reverend Chris | The End of Love

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The End of Love

by Reverend Chris

Creative boogie and stride interpretations of some of Rev's favorite songs.
Genre: Jazz: Stride
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Young at Heart
3:54 $0.99
2. Bywater Beauty
4:54 $0.99
3. Hazel T
4:21 $0.99
4. Smile
5:07 $0.99
5. 1999
4:30 $0.99
6. Jitterbug Waltz
5:52 $0.99
7. Blue Monk
3:27 $0.99
8. Kiss
4:45 $0.99
9. Laughlin's Laughin'
4:42 $0.99
10. No Rain
3:25 $0.99
11. Dance Me to the End of Love
4:03 $0.99
12. Yesterday
4:49 $0.99
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Album Notes
Cover photograph by Shannon Sims -
Recorded by Peter Tramo June 14, 2018 at Rittenhouse Soundworks (Philadelphia PA)
Mixed by Peter Tramo and Michael Cummings at Rittenhouse Soundworks (Philadelphia PA)

Linear Notes:

I have been blessed to have a weekly solo piano gig at Tavern on the Hill, a bar/restaurant that is a seven minute drive from my home in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia. I have been doing this since 2007 – eleven years ago as of this writing.

After an extremely busy holiday season in 2017 I decided to start the new year by abandoning any song I didn't write. I limited myself to one cover per set (three 70 minute sets) and filled the rest of the night with my own creations. This forced me to go back and review dozens of both completed and sketches of songs written in books, scraps of paper, and lyric fragments that filled my piano bench beyond its intended capacity. After about eleven weeks of this experiment I started incorporating material that wasn't my own and I shocked myself in the process.

I was surprised about what songs I wanted to play. I had known Young At Heart since I was a child, even performing it in elementary school, but never had I wanted to play it. Other songs were interpretations of songs I enjoyed in the 1990s during my teenage years. Prince's Kiss and 1999 fit in nicely with No Rain (by 90's band Blind Melon) and all three found a connection to Thelonious Monk's Blue Monk and Fats Waller's Jitterbug Waltz.

Hazel T is written by saxophonist Tom Tallitsch and it was in a book of his tunes I was going thru in preparation for a duo performance we did together. It has quickly become my favorite “stride piece”.

An unexpected discovery was one of my own compositions from 2002 or 2003: Bywater Beauty. Written while living in New Orleans after I returned home from a walk at dawn along the levees of my Bywater neighborhood after a memorably long night at Snake 'n' Jake's following a gig at the Maple Leaf. I had forgotten about this song and stumbled upon it, with no title, written out by hand on the back of another song.

The title track, Leonard Cohen's Dance Me To the End of Love, was one I learned a few years ago to honor a request of a regular patron at my weekly gig. Again, I hadn't given the song a thought in about three years until I went on my stretch of not playing any covers.

This album is dedicated to my first musical influence: my father, Michael G. Marsceill.

Christopher Marsceill
aka Reverend Chris



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