Blackberry Winter – recordings after 2009

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See also Blackberry Winter, 1976-2009 recordings

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Blackberry Winter (Alec Wilder, Loonis McGlohon)

In the book Alec Wilder in Spite of Himself: A Life of the Composer, by Desmond Stone (1996), in discussing the 1976 collaborations between Alec Wilder and Loonis McGlohon, the author says on page 206, including a quote by Wilder:

“Where’s the Child I Used to Hold?” has not been widely performed since Dick Haymes sang it, but that is certainly not true for “Blackberry Winter,” another 1976 Wilder-McGlohon collaboration, one set apart by its haunting sixteenth-note motive and its unexpected harmonic and rhythmic progressions…

Wilder has recalled that he wrote the tune on a day when he was visiting McGlohon and fussing at the piano:

Something I played pleased him so I worked out the idea into a full length melody. He expressed interest in putting a lyric to it. I was convinced that my rhythmically unconventional devices would seriously hinder any attempt to find adequate words. Not at all. Mr. McGlohon, in his usual impeccable taste, found all the right words even if the phrase “blackberry winter” is unfamiliar to Northerners.

Mary Koth Lutton — from her 2010 CD album Green Mountain Dreamin’

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Art Olson — piano solo recorded at Artistic Pianos, in San Marcos, CA, on a Schimmel K230; published to YouTube on 3 July 2010

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Hilary Kole — undated live performance, published on YouTube on 20 November 2010 — A recording of the song by Kole appeared on her 2009 debut studio album Haunted Heart, (Japan) Victor VICJ-61594, and (Canada) Justin Time JTR-8543-2

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Brockport Chamber Orchestra,  arranged and conducted by Jonathan Allentoff — Great American Songbook Concert, 5 May 2011, Newman Center at The College at Brockport, Brockport, NY

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David Beebee — piano solo, published on 26 July 2011

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University of Colorado’s Women’s Vocal Jazz Choir — published on 9 December 2013

soloists: Anna Vavra and Maggie Masciarelli

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Nicki Parrott — from her 2012 album Winter Wonderland, released in Japan on Venus Records in CD, SACD, and vinyl LP formats

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Emilie Conway, accompanied by Johnny Taylor — published on 20 July 2014

video by Devi A. Chacon Cones – http://www.dublinjazzphotography.com

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Northern Lights of North Kitsap High School — 18 April 2015

The video provider says:

Grace (center, just to the right of director) performing with North Kitsap’s Northern Lights in the “Jazz Unlimited” competition at Columbia Basin College on April 18, 2015. They won FIRST PLACE in their division for non-mixed ensembles!

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Two more by classically trained vocalists:

Lachune Boyd , accompanied by Lilia Stoytcheva on piano — North Greenville University; published to YouTube on 12 January 2017

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Vocalist identified only by the YouTube account name jlv40092 — published on 1 February 2017

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