The Sky Remains
JOSH NELSON

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Album · 2017

Tracklist

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. Stairway (7:00)

Line-up/Musicians

Josh Nelson: piano, Nord Electro 3, vocals
Anthony Wilson: guitar, vocals
Kathleen Grace: vocals (1,2,7,9)
Lillian Sengpiehl: vocals (1,5,6)
Josh Johnson: alto saxophone, flute
Chris Lawrence: trumpet, flugelhorn
Brian Walsh: Bb clarinet, bass clarinet
Larry Goldings: Hammond B-3 organ
Alex Boneham: bass
Dan Schnelle: drums
Aaron Serfaty: percussion

About this release

Origin Records 82741(US)

Recorded at TriTone Studios, Los Angeles,January through July, 2017

Thanks to snobb for the addition and js for the updates

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Josh Nelson’s “The Sky Remains” is a tough one to define. What do we have here, a modern art pop concept album, a contemporary third stream jazz album, a cinematic soundtrack to a movie not made yet? Possibly the best definition would be that this is a composer’s personal pastiche that combines all three of the aforementioned elements, but in all fairness, not all of these compositions are Josh’s, but although some of the pieces were penned by others, they all combine to create Nelson’s very moving look at a select history of the city of Los Angeles. Its hard not to think of Joni Mitchell when you encounter a bittersweet ode to ‘the city of angels’ such as “the Sky Remains”. Truth be told, sometimes Josh’s combination of thoughtful folk pop, jazz and panoramic soundscapes can recall Joni’s best work, but then there are other elements that help Josh’s work stand apart on its own.

The soundtrack like sound of this album appears right off the bat on the opening cut on which soaring wordless vocals state a theme that might have you picturing a favorite Robert Altman ‘Americana’ flick. Apparently concerts of these peices have featured movies and pictures, how perfect for a concept album about the city of movie making dreams. As we move past this opening track we encounter many great treats such as “Ah, Los Angeles, with its repeating buildup chorus recalling the heyday of great art pop in the early 70s. Russ Garcia’s enchanting “Lost Soul’s of Saturn” combines exotica and Latin jazz, its hard to think of two genres that personify Southern California more than those two. “The Architect” is the ‘jazziest’ number as it allows the soloists a chance to go off. Elsewhere, this album’s blend of creative vocal songs and jazz influenced composition blend to build the sometimes melancholy, but always hopeful atmosphere of a city that has a richer history than many would give it credit for. An added plus is a booklet that comes with the CD that explains many of the fascinating stories that inspired this music.

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