Josh Nelson

The Sky Remains

Origin 82741

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...the most accomplished of the younger L.A. jazz pianist-arrangers...The small ensemble music in this collection is often lyrical, harmonically rich and elegant.
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Josh Nelson's series of interactive multi-media projects over the last several years have focused on space (2015's "Exploring Mars") and science fiction ephemera (2011's "Discoveries"). The latest manifestation of "The Discovery Project" comes back to earth with "The Sky Remains," Josh's love letter to Los Angeles, where he was born and raised. Avoiding the many cliches surrounding its culture, Josh presents stories that reveal a fascinating history, from forgotten architecture and landmarks that shaped daily living, to the abundant wealth of creative and inspired individuals who have flocked to and defined life in LA over the last century. With vocalists Kathleen Grace & Lillian Sengpiehl and a stellar ensemble featuring guitarist Anthony Wilson, Josh's thoughtful musical framing of its ongoing story adds another chapter to Los Angeles' cultural anthology. "Too often we tear down and forget to make way for a re-imagined tomorrow, but the sky remains the same."


Track Listing:

1 BRIDGES AND TUNNELS 6:08
2 THE SKY REMAINS 5:52
3 ON THE SIDEWALK 2:46
4 THE ARCHITECT 7:04
5 AH, LOS ANGELES 7:42
6 LOST SOULS OF SATURN 6:45
7 PITSELEH 3:56
8 PACIFIC OCEAN PARK 4:03
9 RUN 5:08
10 STAIRWAYS 7:00

Performers:

JOSH NELSON piano, Nord Electro 3, vocal
ANTHONY WILSON guitar, vocal
KATHLEEN GRACE vocal (1,2,7,9)
LILLIAN SENGPIEHL vocal (1,5,6)
ALEX BONEHAM bass
DAN SCHNELLE drums
JOSH JOHNSON alto sax, flute
CHRIS LAWRENCE trumpet, flugelhorn
BRIAN WALSH Bb clarinet, bass clarinet
LARRY GOLDINGS Hammond B3 organ
AARON SERFATY percussion

Production Info:

Produced by Josh Nelson & Anthony Wilson
Recorded & mixed by Talley Sherwood
at TriTone Studios, Los Angeles
Recorded January through July, 2017
Mastered by Peter Doell
at AfterMaster Audio Labs, Los Angeles
Photographs by Travis Flournoy, Anthony
Wilson, Jesse Ottinger, Josh Nelson
Cover design & layout by John Bishop


Reviews of The Sky Remains

All About Jazz (Dan Bilawsky)
4 1/2 STARS Josh Nelson has seen quite a bit in recent times, diving deep into the human psyche with singer Sara Gazarek, moving through inner spaces with vibraphonist Tyler Blanton, exploring retrofuturistic realms inspired by the writings of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne, and touching down on Mars for a thorough musical exploration of the Red Plane ...

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