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TIM SPARKS : RECORDINGS ON CD

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The Nutcracker & Balkan Dreams Suite CD - $12.00
by Tim Sparks

CD Only:


CD with PDF of guitar tablature for the Nutcracker Suite: (NOTE: the tab PDF file will be emailed to you as soon as you place your order)

 
NOTE FOR ORDERS of THE NUTCRACKER: due to a shipping glitch, you will be charged $5.70 for shipping. $2 will be refunded to you until we get this fixed.



The Nutcracker

NEW 20th anniversary re-issue

"An exhilarating, odd-meter minefield inspired by Near Eastern music. An important recording from a gifted composer, arranger and performer." - Guitar Player Magazine


Little Princess CD - $15.00
by Tim Sparks



Little Princess CD with three individual transcriptions: "Little Princess", "A Few Bowls Terkish" and "Oh Daddy, That's Good" - $24.00




"Virtually every one of these ten cuts is an example of how intuitive, sophisticated, and creative Sparks is, not only as a player and interpreter, but as an arranger so canny that the listener would think all of these songs were written in the current era... Brilliant work and the best Sparks record to date." - Thom Jurek, Allmusic

Sidewalk Blues CD - $15.00
by Tim Sparks



Sidewalk Blues CD with three individual transcriptions: "Maple Leaf Rag", "Victory Rag" and "Jelly Roll Blues": - $24.00




"A must have for fans of Tim Sparks and for anyone who loves fingerstyle guitar playing." - Chip O'Brien, Minor 7th

Neshamah CD - $15.00
by Tim Sparks



Click here to order the book of transcriptions for Neshamah.

"[Sparks] squeezes every ounce of melodic sophistication from a song's essence, resulting in a delightful and authentic display that while impressive is never overdone. " - Steven Loewy, Allmusic

At the Rebbe's Table CD - $15.00
by Tim Sparks




At the Rebbe's Table CD with three printed transcriptions: "Beautiful City", "Todos Si Hueron" and "Mahshav": - $24.00




"Whatever the heritage or cultural pedigree, it's simply touching music." - Josef Woodard , JazzTimes

Tanz CD - $15.00
by Tim Sparks




"Sparks comes from a classical guitar background more than a fingerpicking folky background, and his virtuosic technique is incredible, but always in service to the music, not merely technique." - Sean Westergaard, Allmusic

Guitar Bazaar CD - $17.00
by Tim Sparks


"This is a major contribution to the world of guitar transcriptions. You're unlikely to hear more intricate and wonderfully tricky guitar picking on any other album this year. Sparks is an extraordinary guitarist"
- Dirty Linen Magazine


One String Leads to Another CD - $17.00
by Tim Sparks



One String Leads to Another CD plus three printed transcriptions: "Waltz with a Mermaid", "One String Leads to Another" and "L'toile de Mer": $26



While Sparks' music includes jazz and world music sensibilities, the overall thrust to this set of original compositions (minus one) suggests a blend of folksy, backwoods fingerpicking that's strongly melodic and very intimate. - Downbeat 2000


Masada Guitars CD - $15.00
by Tim Sparks, Bill Frisell, Marc Ribot




Masada Guitars CD plus two printed transcriptions- "Sippur" and "Ravayah" - $21.00




"[Sparks treats] the songs like the lost works of Segovia-- is rigorous and exciting. His bright, ringing tone and refined ornamentation beautifully embellish "Kodashim" and "Sippur"; and his measured exploration of "Kedushah" heightens the richness of its ethnic themes." - Chris Dahlen, Pitchfork Media


RIO NIDO : RECORDINGS ON CD

Hear Tim with the Legendary Jazz Vocal group Rio Nido on Digitally re-mastered CD re-issues of two classic, long out-of-print vinyl albums from back in the day: "I Like To riff" and "Hi Fly"

The popular vocal jazz trio Rio Nido emerged from the heady days of the Minneapolis West Bank music scene of the early 1970’s, playing at the legendary New Riverside Cafe and Extempore Coffeehouse. With Tom Lieberman on vocals and guitar, Prudence Johnson on vocals and Tim Sparks on vocals and guitar, Rio Nido specialized in Classic Jazz and Swing of the 1930’s and 40’s. In 1977 they recorded “I Like to Riff” which featured arrangements of The Boswell Sisters, The Cats and the Fiddle, Stuff Smith, Al Jolson and Nat King Cole performed with a stellar lineup including Butch Thompson, Eddie Berger, Peter Ostroushko, Jim Price, Gary Raynor, Hearn Gadbois, and members of the Wolverines Classic Jazz Orchestra. Recorded by Dave Ray, Chris Hinding and Michael McKern, “I Like to Riff” was produced by Charlie Campbell and Doug Ackerman for Campbell’s Shadow Records label with artwork by famed music poster artist John Hanson.

Tom Lieberman left the group in the late 70’s and after a brief hiatus he was replaced by Roger Hernandez on vocals and drums. Beginning in 1980, Rio Nido switched to a quartet format of guitar, bass, drums and vocals and focused on the vocalese style of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross and Eddie Jefferson as well as Do-Wop classics like 60 Minute Man, which showcased Hernandez’ rich baritone. Prudence Johnson blossomed in this period as arguably the best jazz singer ever to come out of Minnesota.

In 1983 they released “Hi-Fly” on Bob Feldman’s Red House Records, which featured original lyrics by Jim Nance, Mary Jo Knox, and Sparks set to the music of Slide Hampton, Bud Powell, Charlie Parker, and Randy Weston. Hi-Fly featured Dave Maslow on bass and vocals, Dave Karr on flute and tenor sax and Jimmy Hamilton on piano. Rio Nido’s last recording was “Voicings”, recorded for the Pro Arte Jazz label, one of the first early, all-digital recordings released in the then new compact disc format.. They were joined by a who’s who of Minnesota Jazz greats including Tom Lewis on bass, Jimmy Hamilton-piano, Dave Karr-tenor sax, Gary Berg-tenor sax and chromatic harmonica, Phil Hey-drums, Dave Jensen-trumpet, Kathy Jensen-tenor sax and flute, Pete Enblom-trombone, Billy Carrothers-keyboards, Dave Birget-bass vocals, and Marc Anderson-percussion.

Rio Nido garnered widespread recognition and many awards including MN Music Awards for Best Jazz Group, Best Female Vocalist, Best Jazz Guitarist, etc. They performed in many renowned music venues of the Twin Cities such as the Night Train, Capp Towers, the Dakota, Sweeney’s, the Taiga, First Avenue, the Triangle Bar, and the Cabooze as well as The Guthrie Theater, Orchestra Hall, the Walker Art Center, the MN State Fair and the Prairie Home Companion Show.

A V A I L A B L E   T I T L E S

I Like to Riff
$20.00
by Rio Nido


CD currently Out of Stock

I Like to Riff

Hi Fly
$20.00
by Rio Nido



CD currently Out of Stock

Hi Fly

RELATED LINKS:

Tim Sparks Official Web Site

See also: Tim Sparks transcriptions

See also: Preston Reed transcriptions

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