John Salmon’s new CD Salmon Is A Jumpin’ was recently released from Albany Records. The recording features original compositions by Salmon, who is best known as a classical and jazz pianist.
The style of his work can be described as “third stream” since it combines jazz and classical languages, according to his liner notes.
His repertoire includes Small Diamond; Imitation Rock; Purcell’s Lament; Scatitude; Mari Pino; Mambo Madness; Des Abends; Bossa Bachiana; Fughetta on Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?; Blue Noon; Congo; Very Larry; and Salmon is a Jumpin’.
Salmon overdubs himself on every track, resulting in a striking “duet” effect. Listeners should note that Child’s Evening Prayer was written by Salmon’s grandfather, Hugh C.C. Salmon.
As a child, Salmon became interested in piano performance and was introduced to the classical repertoire and to the jazz compositions of Dave Brubeck at around the same time. His professional career has mirrored this duality, and he has gained an international reputation as both a classical and jazz artist.
Salmon has been a professor of music at UNC Greensboro’s School of Music since 1989. He was a winner of a 2009–2010 North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship Award.
His CD is available online at www.albanyrecords.com or at music stores.