A THOUSAND NIGHTS AND A NIGHT (SHADOW NIGHTS -1)
DON PULLEN, STEVE SWALLOW, ROBBIE AMEEN, CARMEN LUNDY, CHARLES NEVILLE, BILLY BANG, BRANDON ROSS, EL NEGRO HORACIO HERNANDEZ, HENRY THREADGIL, MIKE CAIN, ANTHONY CARRILLO, MILTON CARDONA, ALFREDO TRIFF, ERIC SCHENKMAN, ANDY GONZALEZ
Shahrazade and the opening of the first shadow night; Blue Shalimah's Tale, Opening; Blue Shalima's Tale, Continuing; Shaharazade's shadow night lover; The Blonde Woman Escapes; The Hasheater At The Gates of the Summer City ; The Hasheater in Judgement / and the Revival of the Thousand Pound Elephant; A's Trick Ghanim ibn Ayyub's Tale and Kut al-Kulub; The Jewish Doctor's Tale Continues; Shahrazade Adrift; The Sleeper Awakened;
Zummarud's Tale Continues with the Thieves; The Brown Eyed Woman Escapes; The Red Headed Woman Remains with the Merchant; Shahrazade and the Closing of the First Shadow Night
produced by Kip Hanrahan
released March 1998 (Europe, Japan), October 1998 (US)
interior art by Ritchard Rodriguez
Record of the Year, 1998
- Jazzman, France
"this voyage through the night is one of the most beautiful, most provocative declarations of love that have ever been made in music."
-Michel Contat, Telerama (France)
***** (Five Stars) - John Ephland, Downbeat
"sensual vocals, ...elliptical drums... ...a masterpiece of works for erotic inspiration and images..."
-World Music (France)
"complete with bawdy lyrics and lavish romanticism, Hanrahan sculpts vivid imagery with grand assistance from the late great pianist Don Pullen ... A Thousand Nights and a Night is an audacious and stimulating affair thanks to Hanrahan's exquisite production and the flawless execution of these masterful musicians. Melodramatic, peppery and articulate, this may be Hanrahan's crowning achievement, which could be a bold statement considering his already impressive discography...
- Glen Asarita, All About Jazz
" Some motifs clarify, others reinforce the mystery. Like in the stories, the songs imply an infinity of musical plays and paths... ...Here you find overlapping sensualities, close to eroticism, in the voice of the music, in songs with melodies both strange and familiar... You pass through an abundance of savage and tender touches with each new message."
- Sylvain Siclier, Le Monde (France)
." An adventure of willpower, of the will to tell stories, stories penetrating deep in the tender bass line, then giving way to the charm of the voice of a very sophisticated lady, then abandoned to the furious playing of a genius of the piano, all supported by the burning latin percussion... ...There is so much love in this record. Of music, of women,
of men, of excesses of all kinds..."
- Jacques Denis, Vibrations (France)
".you stay ravaged by the record long after the last chord has stopped resonating."
Francisco Cruz, Le Monde de Musique (France)
*****" Possibly Hanrahan's finest statement to date, in concept and its bearing out... it's a fascinating document, and a triumph of narrative. ...As Resnick, as Shahrazade, whispers the [record] to a slow fade... Just lie back."
-Jeff Morris, 52nd Street Jazz
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