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This project was a joy to record. Mark and I had been planning to do a studio CD (which would become Too Hot for Words) but when Hans and Sabine Nagel-Heyer asked if they could record our Hamburg show for a live CD, we realized that we'd need some more material. So we worked up a whole other series of songs specifically for the tour of Germany. The all-star band was really "on" that night, with spectacular solo and ensemble playing by Ed Polcer, Allan Vaché, Tom Artin, Phil Flanigan & Ed Metz Jr., bringing Mark's musical arrangements to life. And did I mention the piano? Terrific. For me, it was one of the most exciting nights ever.
My memory of the trip to Germany is, however, bittersweet. Two days after the Hamburg concert, my father fell ill, and worsened over the course of the week. I left for home well before the tour ended, getting there just in time to give him a kiss and say goodbye. It's incredible, isn't it, how our joys and sorrows can be so inextricably entwined? So With Thee I Swing holds a special place in my heart, since it always makes me think of Dad, how much we loved each other, and how he would have loved that CD!
Released December 1997 (Nagel Heyer, NHR-040CD)
Mark Shane, Piano
Recorded live at the Hanse-Merkur Auditorium
Produced by Sabine and Hans Nagel-Heyer
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