On Wednesday, January 28, 2015, Alfred Nicol wrote me,
You may remember all of my excited talk about the songs I was writing back in the spring of 2012 at the Newburyport Literary Festival. Well, I'm excited to announce the completion of a project that I've put all of my creative energy into over the past few years, ever since classical / flamenco guitarist John Tavano invited me to write lyrics for his songs. It's an eclectic mix: four of the songs are in French, five in English; the musical style ranges from Parisian café to smoky bar room torch-song. I've attached the title song for you to hear —
It's one of the two tracks where I get to sing!
Four years in the making, the CD is a recording of nine original songs by John Tavano and Alfred Nicol, featuring the beautiful, vulnerable voice of Ann Harter. We've gathered some of the finest musicians around to create a sound
unlike anything you're likely to hear on the radio. Chris Plante, formerly of The Brew, plays melodica and keyboards; Alex Sandman is superb on bass; Aaron Zaroulis, who was drummer for The Brew, appears on several tracks. Albert Lamar, who was part of the Mississippi Symphony for fifteen years and who has performed in orchestras for Ray Charles and The Chieftains, plays flute and sax for us. And of course the master guitarist John Tavano, who composed these melodies, brings his own vision and musicianship to the recordings.
The Subtle Thread
Released January 1, 2015