Credits: Jeremy Siskind – piano, Nancy Harms – voice, and Lucas Pino – woodwinds. With special guests: Kendra Shank – voice (7), Peter Eldridge – voice (6,8), and Kurt Elling – voice (2,11).
All compositions by Jeremy Siskind, except “Whispering Grass,” by Fred Fisher, Doris Fisher; “Moonlight in Vermont” by Karl Suessdorf, John Blackburn; “Everything You Need” by Adem Ilhan; and “I Could Have Danced All Night” by A.J. Lerner, F. Loewe.
Released February 24, 2015 on Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records.
Housewarming is the album of a band (Jeremy Siskind, Nancy Harms, Lucas Pino) that has played nearly 70 in-home concerts over the last two years, making new friends and converting unsuspecting audiences into jazz fans while traveling to 18 states. The music is ideal for in-home sharing – as Harms ushers a listener into the world of a piece with her innate story-telling abilities, Pino colors the music with whispering tenor work, mournful clarinet, and murmuring bass clarinet, and Siskind sonically rounds out the music with sparkling, Debussian harmony.
The music has been noticed by more than just house concert audiences – Siskind’s songs caught the attention of vocalists Kendra Shank, Peter Eldridge, and Kurt Elling, who augment the trio for an album of nine new Siskind songs as well as four covers. Themes of domesticity reverberate throughout the album, which reflects on what it means to have a place where you belong while borrowing from texts by Marilynne Robinson W.B. Yeats, Carl Sandburg, and Derek Walcott. Housewarming will be released February 24th on Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records.
Described as a “shining example” of chamber music. Siskind “has mastered [the] craft” of “showcase[ing] each player without disguise or artifice, while emphasizing the music’s detail and nuance.” ★★★★
– Downbeat, June 2015