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Classically trained pianist Simone Dinnerstein and singer/songwriter/guitarist Tift Merritt met when the latter interviewed the former for a magazine. The pair discovered a creative compatibility that resulted in this rewarding project. Presented like one of the duo's concerts, the album jumps from classical pieces such as Schubert’s “Night and Dreams” and traditional songs like “Wayfaring Stranger” to jazz standards (Billie Holiday’s “Don’t Explain”) and four Merritt originals. Dinnerstein performs Bach’s “Prelude in B Minor” before Merritt gives a vocal and acoustic guitar delivery of her own “Still Not Home.” The two shared arranging duties on four numbers and used established arrangements on others, including violinist Jenny Scheinman’s for the sublime Patty Griffin–penned title track. “The Cohen Variations” was commissioned by Dinnerstein and is Daniel Felsenfield’s solo piano interpretation of Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne.” Night closes perfectly with a quietly uplifting rendition of Johnny Nash’s “I Can See Clearly Now.”

Customer Reviews

This is amazing

This album is brave and vulnerable and exactly the kind of album I love to listen to. The Schubert and Dido's Lament are worth the price of the album alone. Thank you for this.

I don't understand...

….why this newly released album is receiving negative reviews. This music sounds absolutely exquisite. While the vocals are not the most passionate or powerful, the compositions themselves are worthy of at least a 4 star review.


I just love this album - it's a wonderful mix of simple and wondrous, unique and accessible.

I see negative reviews and can only think they are due to unmet expectations based on Dinnerstein's classical pedigree. Let her expand her horizons (and maybe expand your own?).


Genre: Classical

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein is one of the fastest rising classical performers of the early 21st century, with a flourishing international career as a soloist and a number of popular and award-winning recordings to her credit. Although her repertoire is broad, ranging from the Baroque to contemporary premieres, she has gained a reputation as a musician with a special affinity of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Born in New York City, she studied at the Manhattan School of Music, graduated from...
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