The Window Up Above: American Songs 1770-1998
Jazz French hornist and composer Tom Varner's ever-distinctive perspective on the American songbook with personally chosen American songs from 1770 through 1998, performed by a hand-picked group New York's best downtown jazz improvisers. From classics and lesser-known tunes from the Revolutionary War, Civil War, church hymnals, New Orleans second lines and the original pens of diverse American composers ranging from George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Hank Williams, George Jones, Tammy Wynette and Bruce Springsteen, The Window Up Above gives a delightfully surprising and rewarding panorama of the rich heritage of melodies from the New World.
wanted to do something different for this record. Instead of
playing my own compositions, I wanted to simply explore a variety of
songs that have an inner resonance, whether from family, religion,
nation or culture.